Why interior designer Ross Cassidy always carries a trampoline | Courageous Leaders

Why interior designer Ross Cassidy always carries a trampoline | Courageous Leaders


I was happier being broke and not having a plan but knowing that there was a possibility of happiness than just playing it safe and being stuck I’m Hartley Sawyer I’m an actor and activist and a full-time work in progress I am my business I’m the CEO of meetly pursuing my goal has been a bigger challenge than I ever imagined and taking risks it doesn’t always come easy for me so I’ve come to New York find out where some of this city’s most successful people and the courage the strength to act is to roll the dice make the leap and make it happen my education begins right now this is courageous leaders Ross Cassady he jumped hemispheres to design the life he wanted I’m on my way to meet him at the High Line one of his favorite places in New York to find out how he went from dollar draft bartender to million dollar decorators you’ve done so many different things you you grew up in South Africa you worked in advertising then you studied graphic design and now you’re an interior designer yeah it’s been I’ve bounced around a little You certainly have I mean it sounds like it’s such an incredible journey how did we get there was it easy to leave South Africa leaving South Africa was the best thing I ever did for myself I was a kid I always knew that I was in the wrong place I needed to be like up there instead of like down at the bottom of the world right and I really I didn’t plan it I just got on a plane and moved to London and it’s a night flight and I woke up the following morning as we were coming in to land over London and looking at the aeroplane window over an entirely foreign landscape you know because I grew up in Africa so I’m used to Africa and looking at that green incredible English countryside I looked out of the plane window and I was like what did I do yeah I think I’ve made a really big mistake but it lasted about 10 minutes because as soon as I hit the ground and was on the streets in London something felt more right than anything had ever felt in my life it was like ah this is the right thing somebody like me I can be adverse to risk to people I get around them the thing is is you just have to do it you’ve got to just take the risks and and I don’t believe in taking small risks because I think you know everything is incremental you take a small riskier and they’re gonna get a small reward you’ve got to like do the crazy thing do the big thing do the riskiest thing and the biggest risks I’ve taken in my life and the always paid off way bigger than I can ever imagine so the biggest risks give you the biggest reward for sure the only way to progress is to do something different if you keep doing everything the same way your life’s never gonna change you’re never gonna learn anything new and you’re never gonna do anything differently you’ll never make more money you’ll never go to places you’ll never experience anything you know there’s that great quote and I don’t know who said it that no one discovered new shores without consenting to leave sight of the shore that they were on and achieving your happiness and going for your happiness that idea far outweighed any discomfort that you’d experience going for happiness for me outweighs everything everything you’ve got to focus on what it is it makes you happy and go after that and you’ve got a consent to be unhappy for a long time to get to where it is you want to go you know one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a friend of mine when I first moved to London and he was tremendously successful and I’d sit in what was the sort of secret to your success how did you do it and he said he was tremendously unhappy in his personal life and didn’t enjoy work and what he was doing and knew he had some sort of idea of where he wanted to go so he decided to just take the leap and go for it in the hopes that the universe would provide a safety net and he said the universe didn’t provide a safety net what it did was provide a trampoline and it skyrocketed to him into like levels of success he would otherwise never have imagined and how does that translate into is that something you still use in your life to this day every day when I worry about like a decision is it the right thing to do is it risky you know if I’m not sure I just think about that trampoline and I think you know eventually you’re gonna bounce back up I mean the fool might be fired but I think the further you fall the higher you’re gonna bounce how does that translate into what you do now because now you’re designing you have high-end clients multi-million dollar you know properties going on and everything like that and so you’re dealing with some real personalities there who maybe aren’t gonna give you a trampoline they’re gonna give you a brick wall how do you meet that challenge it’s true you know I I didn’t realize getting into design that you know I thought it would be it’s a creative fields but it’s it’s really not it’s sales and service and you’ve got to just sort of like that you you’ve got to believe what it is that you’re selling if you if you don’t believe in your product you’re never gonna sell it yeah and then I guess persistence alone is sort of omnipotent you’ve got to just keep going and going and going and if you really believe in something I think you can make it work you don’t want to wait too long to go for what you want you can’t wait to go for what you want because you never know what could happen absolutely 100% to go after what you wanted to go after it now I think people do this weird thing where they impose like timelines on things and they say I do that you know I’ll have my dream house in ten years it’s like why ten years like you made that up yeah go for it now I loved Ross’s tramping in analogy the further you fall the higher you can bounce back courage knowing the fall isn’t the end of the journey in fact could be the start of something new yes you

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