We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Cutright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I once heard someone say, “If you try and fall flat on your face, the worst you’ll do is break even…” Growing up, I was much more risk averse, which was really a product of just striving for the best grades possible, and following the system. As I grew older however, I realized that everyone following the system was getting similar results. As someone who wanted to experience more, I began slowly stepping more and more out of my comfort zone. I slowly found that I loved not only the outcomes from taking chances, but also the feeling. There is something freeing and empowering about being bold and doing things outside of the norm, that most other people may not try. It takes courage to take a risk, but each time I have chosen to do so, I have felt myself grow. When I have taken the risk to ask for what I want, I have been surprised by the doors that have opened – simply because I asked! When I have taken the risk to commit to something without knowing exactly how everything would come together, things have seemed to line up sometimes out of nowhere, which I believe is the result of simply having made the decision.
Taking risks does not mean being reckless, but rather choosing faith to move when you can’t see all of the path, and letting go of the fear of failure.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In April 2020, while out on a run through some trails near where I live, trying to break the monotony of quarantine, a thought came to me…”I’ve met a lot of really cool people over the course of my life. It would be awesome to have a conversation with each over zoom and record it…I wonder if I could turn that into a podcast…” I didn’t know anything about podcasting really, but went back home and began researching “how to start a podcast.” The vision began to crystalize to start something that was uplifting and from which people could gain inspiration through stories of overcoming and success. I began to form a list of people from different backgrounds- entrepreneurs, athletes, philanthropists, etc. From here I started scheduling interviews and refining my skillset, which continues still today.
I’ve had a wide variety of backgrounds on the show (named Winning Mentality), from the woman who just recently broke the American record in the marathon while being a mom of two and a full time realtor, to a mom who was driving ride-share for income and two years later had built a start-up to a million-dollar company, to a chiropractor who has helped patients reverse neuropathy when no other treatments had worked. As much as I find joy in sharing these conversations with others, I have grown immensely as I get to learn from each one.
One of the biggest reasons I think the show has been a success is because I just kept moving forward and learning along the way. There were plenty of things I didn’t really know how to do, but I wasn’t waiting for all of the stars to align. The learning came from the doing. I have realized that the joy I have found in this pursuit really comes from elevating others. Being able to help others share their stories, and then the feedback I receive from listeners on how it helped or changed them…That’s what makes it worth it, and why I know it’s an endeavor worth pursuing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Not being from the area I am very much still learning all of the spots myself, but being an outdoors person I often tell people it’s just like a giant playground. I don’t think I would ever run out of hikes or places to run, or incredible views and craft beers. Watching the sun set over left field in Coors Field while the Rockies win…There have been few prettier setups for live sports in my opinion. While I’ve seen Red Rocks, it’s still on my list to catch a concert there. So perhaps I still need to collect some more recommendations myself!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I was incredibly fortunate to get connected to my good friend and mentor, Mayank, while pursuing my masters degree. Mayank is an incredibly successful entrepreneur who took me under his wing, and taught me so much about life, business, and the power of relationships. Being around him, I was encouraged to start developing key personal development habits such as reading and listening to other successful people from all walks of life. It was this relationship that really began to propel me forward to take more risks, and really begin to understand what type of life I wanted. I started to understand how so many people want to chase “success”, when in reality the focus should be chasing meaningful relationships, and being genuinely interested in people in every interaction that comes our way. He was the catalyst for me understanding that it all comes back around to how we treat people, and how we can bring value wherever we are. When this is the focus, results, success, and the life we truly desire will be a simple bi-product.