Tristan Hamm is the Founder and CEO of several companies including Revived Outdoors and Revived Media. Tristan is a large nature, fitness, adventure advocate and entrepreneur. He has been recognized across the globe for making numerous appearances on national TV, the web and social platforms for his mental health efforts and inclusive adventure retreats that guide both new and experienced adventurer’s of all ages. His goal is to bring people together in an adventure community to share their love for nature. By Eleanor Klein.
Today I had the opportunity to catch up with him…
Our readers would love to know more about your backstory. How did your journey as an entrepreneur begin?
As a kid, watching my single mother struggle raising 3 kids with no money and no government assistance, I knew from a very young age that I not only wanted to be in control of my fate financially, but that I needed to. I lived through the hardships and battled the repercussions of being broke and I made a promise to myself that I would never be that person. So entrepreneurship wasn’t a choice for me… It was the only option. Then when the time was right, I made the shift.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
As a child I always wanted to become a “millionaire”, until I realized that becoming a millionaire wasn’t the goal but changing a million lives could be. Now thats a true millionaire.
Was there a particular moment when your success accelerated?
Success accelerated for me when I finally realized that I am in full control of my own fate. That anything I personally do, is likely the first time it has ever been done! And if I think I can do it, it means I can. That means cutting out the doubters and neigh-sayers from my life and shortening my circle of people I allowed to have impact on my emotional state. Because it’s that internal state that keeps me going.
How do you define success?
To me, success is measured by the amount of lives I have positively impacted, the amount I have added to this world.
How have you navigated you businesses through the pandemic?
When I started my first company, I never had funding other than my own savings. This meant that I had to form multiple revenue streams to keep the business funded through the startup phase. This is where my media/marketing side really shined. Marketing services is something that every company needs, and with every eye on social media, it was truly the way for us to bring in extra funding to fuel Revived Outdoors. So from day 1 of the launch of my adventure company, we already had a full in house production company and marketing agency lined up, ready to generate funds. These are services that can be utilized at any moment no matter the pandemics of the word because there are millions of companies that need to stay alive. So when Covid hit, and the income we relied off for our trips paused, we simply went back to our old roots. I took everyone at Revived Outdoors and instead of laying everyone off, we adjusted and re-focused that energy into forming our very own media agency “Revived Media” and started wholesaling out production and influencer marketing services out to agencies! This is a big win for agencies as they now get direct insider access to our success stories and direct access to our in-house team at Revived Outdoors!
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
In 5 years, I see the launch of our wilderness rehabilitation program and underprivileged children program at Revived Outdoors, and I foresee hundreds of thousands of lives being changed by inspiring more people to turn to nature and the outdoors when they are battling something internally. I also see us being the leader in Retreat services in America for any company looking to run am adventure retreats, we are going to be on their wish list.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Keep your corner tight. You can welcome in thousands to your community! But be very careful to those you let in your corner. Your corner is sacred, its the fountain for your inspiration and motivation. If you let the wrong people in, those waters will be contaminated and slowly work its way throughout your entire body until you feel weak! If you keep your corner tight, you can be the gatekeeper to your own life, only allowing in positive individuals that want nothing but the best for you. So keep those waters pure and keep that corner tight.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
My advice would be to find your own path. The only thing you will find in someone else’s footsteps are empty prints. But what you can do is learn from someones footsteps, study their footsteps, and find a way to adjust your trek on your very own path.
You can keep up with Tristan on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tristan.hamm/?hl=en
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