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

Hi Mitch, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think about risk in two ways. Winning and learning, there is no failing. Risk taking is an essential part of living. The reason is that, without risk there is no learning. I have learned this to be true in my life. The times I’ve risked the most, are the times I’ve learned the most. It’s my belief that if you’re not risking, you’re not learning.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I am a pastor and personal development coach. I grew up in the church as a pastor’s kid. As I got older a hunger for leadership grew in me. I was constantly reading books I would learn from anyone that talked leadership. I would attend church conferences and find myself in sessions that always revolved around the work of leadership.

In 2019 I planted a church in DFW. I thought we were going to reach thousands of people for Jesus. Then in 2020 COVID happened, and we had to close our doors. It was very difficult season for me. I struggle to find purpose and meaning. I eventually found myself attending Compass Church in Roanoke. It was there that I began to rebuild myself. I worked for two different companies at that time doing sales and loved it! It allowed me to put into practice all the leadership principles I learned over the years.

While attending Compass I helped teach a class called Starting Point. In that class I would always recall a statement I had heard another leader say. He said, “a career is what you get paid to do. A calling is what you are made to do.” Those words stuck in my spirit, like a song on repeat. Over the next several months Compass offered me a job as an Associate Campus Pastor, at our Roanoke location. This was such an affirming moment for me. It reminded me of what I know I’m put on this earth to do, and that’s to build people.

As I started building people, I knew a professional network was going to be crucial. That’s where Linkedin came into play. I used it to build my personal development coaching brand. Most days you will find me using the platform, sharing leadership tips, and using my purpose to help others discover theirs.

None of this has been easy. It’s been a grind. My life has been filled with obstacles. If there is something I would want the world to know it’s this. You don’t get to choose what happens to you, but you do get to choose how you respond to what happens to you. How you respond, will determine where your life could end up.

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?
First, Mavs tickets. I love LUKA! For food definitely Texas BBQ at hard 8. Then hit up local coffee shops, Any spot downtown Dallas or Fort Worth is definitely worth your time.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would say two people. First, my daughter Cooper. She is my “WHY!” She brings me tons of joy. Second, my friend Josh Wright. He has walked with me through a lot of life’s lowest moments. Wouldn’t be where I am today without his belief in me

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