Who do you look up to and why? I‘m not always perfect but I truly try my best to look up to everyone, seeing each person around me as a teacher in life’s daily class. And that no matter what, there’s a reason why we’ve crossed paths and something for me to learn.
What keeps you focused? Overall I’d say feeling a sense of urgency with my life. A constant inner reminder that my time here in limited and I can’t afford to wait on anything or anyone. Even when I feel empty, inadequate, tired, discouraged, disappointed, not good enough, don’t know how, etc.
What’s the most discouraging event you have encountered and how did you overcome it?
In the span of 1 month…finding myself behind over 2 months on all my credit card payments as well as being maxed out, filing forbearance on my student loan, going to the gas station to put $0.50 or $1 into my car to keep it running for a few more miles, sleeping on friends couches, being over $45k dollars in debt, months of literally living of the dollar menu and remembering the last straw when my girlfriend texted me but I couldn’t text her back cause my cell service got shut off. By taking a stand and some seriously massive action. Creating a plan, finding a few people who believed in me and working my ass off.
What are 3 things you wish you knew when your were 17.
Nothing really. It’s all happened in the perfect timing it was meant to.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you.
To consider taking full responsibility for each and every outcome in my life. I’m sure many people suggested it to me before but I didn’t really “hear” it until I was 19 at an event with inspirational speakers on stage.
I’m not always positive. But I do feel overtime, when it’s something you put effort into, it’s an integration process where it starts to become who you are rather than having to try and be positive. I believe the lens we see the world through is always changing.
What is one thing you feel the youth today need to know?
That it’s more important than ever to uniquely express yourself, discover/create who you are and to develop your “gift”.
If you could leave the world one gift behind what would it be?
Being remembered as someone who lived a life of leading by example.
What’s something your passionate about that people don’t know about.
I’m a semi-pro trials rider and have spent years and years developing that skill and competing on my bike. It’s what got me started in video to begin with.
What is the best and worst decisions you believe you have ever made.
I think each decision, business and professionally, I’ve made (and continue to make) regardless of whether it brings the outcome I think I need, happens for a reason… so I’ve learned to trust in that. One specifically, was the day I walked off my community college campus, never told or talked to anyone, drove home and never came back. In that moment, I decided I was gonna go a different route in life. A road less traveled. I was scared beyond belief but that was the first day I can remember I learned to trust in the process of my life unfolding without knowing “how” it was all gonna come together.
Kyle can be reached on twitter @ktgfilms and his website is ktgfilms.com