Chris Colby, Architect
Growing up in upstate New York, Chris Colby grew interested in construction and Architecture in two very distinct ways. First, while he watched his father, who worked in construction and HVAC. Second, after his brother got sick and his family had to leave their family home, he realized that the landlord had control over the building. That was when he knew he wanted to learn real estate and Architecture.
After being told in high school that he should not go to Architecture School, Chris got an internship at a local firm and decided he had too much ambition not to pursue his dreams. He went full force into Architecture School. After graduating college, he was offered a full time job at the firm he was working at for much less compensation than he was expecting. This let down propelled Chris to reach out and find other opportunities which eventually led to him starting his own firm.
In today’s episode, Chris also talks about how he survived the market crash in 2008-2010 and found his passion for doing K-12 Schools.
On top of his work in the school system, Chris talks about his side hustles, which include his podcast, courses and webinars. This led him to create the AntidoteOne platform to coach and mentor people in all phases of their career
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- What inspired Chris to study Architecture
- What architecture school was like for Chris
- Why he decided to start his own firm
- What Chris did to survive the market crash of 2008-2010
- Chris’s thoughts on the Architecture Profession as a commodity
- Why Chris started his side hustles
- What Chris is working on now
- How it all came full circle for Chris
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- How to learn the part of Architecture that they don’t teach in college
- Why giving back is so important
- How to advance your career and get paid!
Chris’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“Find every opportunity you can. Find a good mentor, not where you work, but from someone who doesn't have a connection to you at work that can give you honest feedback on what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong.”
“The amount of effort that the profession requires is not advertised well. You need to have a lot of stamina.” What Chris knows today that he didn’t know then
“The 10 X Rule by Grant Cardone.” -The book that changed everything for Chris
“A Notebook. I plan my day out the night before. If I don’t do that, then I don’t win.”- Chris’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
“Schedule your day, block out your time.” -Chris on his best time-saving trick
The best way to connect with Chris:
Chris on LinkedIn
Chris on AntidoteOne
Chris on Instagram