Cole Hatter is an entrepreneur, investor, author and award-winning speaker. He invests in real estate, start-ups, and several funds exceeding $100 million. Cole is the founder of Thrive: Make Money Matter, an annual conference designed to teach entrepreneurs how to dominate in business and in life, while making the world a better place. Cole is a husband, father and philanthropist that strives to give back. Cole’s greatest passion is working to encourage, educate and empower people to live their lives in a way that makes a measurable difference in the world.
Growing up in the church community, Cole knew that God’s goal for him one day was to serve people on an astronomical level.
“I grew up privileged in beautiful SoCal, specifically Newport Beach and along with the values I was raised with, I knew that when I was older I wanted to be able to give back and get paid for it.”
Looking into different fields such as medicine, the police department etc…Cole decided that he wanted to become a fireman.
“That meant I would get to play with fire, save people and get paid.”
Starting to pursue this path as early as high school, he attended night classes and weekend college classes to be able to knock out his prerequisites (EMT, Paramedics). At the age of 18, when everyone else his age was just beginning their courses, Cole had completed his and immediately began working for the department.
Two years later, Cole got into a tragic car accident putting him in a wheel chair, disabling him from walking and talking. Due to the circumstances, he moved back in with his family and was told that both his physical and mental being may just be permanently damaged. With that being said, and the perfect physical ability needed in order to be a fireman, Cole had to choose another path and begin again.
“While the corporate setting works great for others, I just knew it wasn’t a fit for me, so I decided to make moves while I was healing.”
Thankfully present-day Cole is 100% healed and has gained back not only his perfect mental and physical ability, but business, power, money and some major life lessons, including the destruction and hit of the 2008 recession.
Fast forwarding to today, Cole not only has his 12-year-old real estate company, but a stream of multiple incomes.
“I have started about 30 companies. Twenty-six of them have failed, but the four that have not have been able to compensate for the failing 26 and also put me on the map as a successful entrepreneur.”
With amazing advice and tips, Cole’s interview gives an incredible outlook on life and business as a whole. With all the money in the world, he continues to work hard and knows that his job on Earth is not quite complete. He continues to give back, invests in potential business land mines and still makes time for his beautiful family.
But for all you upcoming entrepreneurs out there, one of the best take-away tips from Cole is toward the end of the interview, so make sure to listen all the way through!
Here’s a little hint… “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.”