We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Lenagh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Matt, how do you think about risk?

I think risk has a relationship with consequence. Risk is the likelihood that a negative consequence will come from an action. Alex Honold talks about this when asked about his free solo endeavors. He says, that through preparation and effort you will continually reduce the risk that a negative consequence will happen. I think all risk can be reduced to almost zero, through this relationship of preparation and effort. Sometimes it takes a week and sometimes it takes a decade.

Often times I think about this in my life, how risk sculpts our decisions as humans. I think that a career risk can be just as challenging as a physical risk. Although physical risks have different consequences, they can both be mentally draining. I think that we have to prepare for career risks just as we do for physical risks. Do the things that you can control to help reduce the likelihood that a negative consequence will be the outcome. Then when you are ready, or when you believe you can handle the likelihood of the consequence, go for it!!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I think I can bring a very diverse perspective to the content creation side of the world. Through my travels, discovery, and experimentation I have learned to be flexible and diverse in my content and style. My journey to the creative world was fairly odd. I went to school for Industrial Sales and after graduating college moved into a corporate leadership program. Then I moved into a territory sales role covering the front range selling industrial automation solutions. I decided that it was my time to move onto something new and thats when I reconnected with my friend Drew and bought a camera.

The first year of my travels I dove into the creative world, which was full of learning and understanding. It was a long and tedious process to not only find my creative style, but also to understand a completely new and foreign world to me, in both traveling and field of study. I ended up traveling for ~2.5 years, learning a whole knew industry, dabbling in a few languages, and much more.

For me it’s never been about me trying to grow big or “make it”. It all started with pursuing the path that I felt right. Leaving a situation that I didn’t feel I wanted to stay in. So, I encourage people to pursue their interests in a way they feel they can. Whether it’s starting something small on the weekends, or diving headfirst into a new field. At the end of the day it’s not about trying to do what other people think is the right path for you, it’s what you think is right. What the world needs most is more people who come alive, and it can start by pursuing what you feel passionate about. Life is too short to not go after what you want, be around the people you love, and drink sh*$#@ coffee.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
So, we’d start the week by brewery hopping. Hitting all the local spots including, but not limited to; 14er, 10 barrel, DBC, Station 26, Odells, and Ratio, ending with a slice at Atomic Cowboy. Then we’d need to cure our hangovers the next day by heading to Denver Biscuit CO and heading into the foothills. We’d run up into boulder and hike the royal arch and celebrate with a nitro coffee in town. We’d come back into Denver and grab some tacos and margs at Machete followed by an early morning drive up 285 and out into the twin lakes area. We’d have to camp for an evening or two while hiking, swimming and relaxing lakeside. We’d come back for the weekend starting with fish tacos and margs at Illegal Pete’s and catch a Rockies game, followed by some bar hopping around Larimer, and not forgetting about a buzzflower shot at the Refinery. The following morning we’d cure hangovers again by having brunch and bottomless at Historians followed by a relaxing evening at jazz in the park, before the following morning dropping them back off at the airport.

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 think two people in my life changed the course of my decision making. The first is author and speaker, Simon Sinek. The second a friend, Drew Etherton.

I first found Simon Sinek in the early stages of my career through his book, Start With Why. He was a person who challenged the status quo and was always asking questions. He stood in the face of big business and challenged their values, statements, and goals. It shaped my thoughts surrounding business and led me to question a lot of the decisions I was making and the organization I was working for. It led me to decide to leave along with another influence in my friend, Drew.

I met Drew in college and had been following along with his journey and career post college. He had been going all over the world doing a multitude of different creative endeavors while also traveling. It was many discussions and purchases later that I bought a bunch of camera gear, hopped on plane with him, and dove into the creative world. Through many months, trial and error, and constant learning I became obsessed with the creative content world and I have many things to thank Drew for, with my dive into the creative world being one of them. This is what led me to become the content creator I am today and has had a profound impact on my life and my decisions.

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