Meet Matt Hamilton: Founder & CEO of Revenue Forge – A full service marketing and branding agency
Matt Hamilton went from college dropout with a 1.8 GPA, to being the Founder & CEO of Revenue Forge – A full service marketing and branding agency built for the modern day. I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt. Here’s what he had to say!
Hey Matt, what inspired you to start your journey with entrepreneurship?
Matt: The idea that we only get one life, so we might as well make it the best life we’ve ever dreamt of. Entrepreneurship embodies that idea. Through massive pain and adversity, you’re able to live a life of total control, and add tremendous value to other peoples lives at the same time. The most successful people live in comfort because they operate in a world of chaos.
Could you tell us alt tile more about your background story?
Matt Hamilton: Growing up, school wasn’t a choice for me. It was mandatory. I was always reminded by my friends, peers, coaches, parents of the cliche “Go to school, get good grades, play sports, train for the scholarships, and then get your degree so you can get a well paying job.” This never sat well with me. I never really knew what I wanted to do, but that was just about the last thing I was interested in. Interestingly enough though, that’s exactly what I did.
I quickly found out that the education system was not the platform that would teach me the proper principles of high success. I looked around and compared the habits of college students and teachers against the habits of those who had already attained high performance and success, and (not) to my surprise, I found massive differences. College is sort of like pre-school for adults. No matter how similar to the real world it may be, it’s just not the real world.
What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you’ve learned?
Matt: Persistence. Even when things get real dark, or there doesn’t seem to be any opportunities for you to capitalize on, its extremely important to stay persistent in those times of uncertainty. The persistence and faith that you show in times of uncertainty are similar to the correct answer on a multiple choice test. When you’re tested, the answer is to keep going. No matter what.
What differentiates you from everyone else in your field?
Matt: I am completely 100% self made and self taught. I never had anyone holding my hand or telling me what moves to make. I learned my business from the ground up, so i understand every aspect of the creative process, and also how to run the overall business. If I needed to fulfill a piece of client work, I know how to do it, and I will. I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.
What is your personal definition of success?
Matt: Ultimately I want to be happy. And right now I think that translates to being able to control every aspect of my life. When I decide to wake up, when I work out, when I work, where I work, who I work with, when I travel. Total control of my life is happiness, and to me happiness is success.
What is the best way for someone to reach you if they are interested in working with you?
Connect with me on instagram @officialmatthamilton