Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
Chad Nilsson – I’m a husband, father of two (soon to be three), born and raised in Utah, currently living in the UK (Newcastle). I’m a web designer/developer, my thing is WordPress, and I’m an absolute NERD for tennis.
What exactly does your company do?
Help small businesses and entrepreneurs get their message out to their users/customers so they can do the good they’re aiming to do.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
In business/career? Probably still waiting for that…haha I would say though the biggest challenge was/has been/is trying to stay on top of everything – building skills, knowledge, staying on top of trends, new technology and tools, concepts, etc. – while not having a lot of time outside of work to focus on it. A LOT of what I know and can do has been picked up on the job, and then trying to fill gaps of time while driving with audiobooks, reading articles while waiting in line, etc. to try and learn as much as I can in the little spare time I have.
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
To try and structure my learning at least to some degree. Everything I know I picked up on the job and/or is self-taught – which has been great, however, it also means there were a lot of “gaps” in the basic stuff that didn’t get filled for a long time. I knew certain things worked, but had no idea why, and it was a slow process to get those knowledge gaps filled in, and the more you know and learn, the harder it is to sit through a beginner level tutorial and learn it from square 1, just to make sure I’m not missing something important. I think I would have learned a lot quicker had I set a solid foundation first.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
Larry H Miller – The dude owns the Utah Jazz and like half of Utah, but was such a solid guy, so down to earth for being so wealthy and a local celebrity really – so kind, so generous, and exactly the kind of person I’d want to be, wealthy and famous (at least locally) or not. Great great guy. Roger Federer – he turns 37 this year and has been playing some of his best, some argue his best, tennis in the last two years since he came back. As he got older, he continued to adapt instead of just fade into the background and retire. He changed racquets (BIG deal for a player like that), changed coaches, implements new strategies, schedules carefully to preserve his body, his backhand has been noticeably better the last two years….like who does that when they’re old? It’s amazing. And he keeps winning and is no.1 in the world again – and he’s got two sets of twins. How the frick do you do that? Incredible.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
My wife, first and foremost. Cheesy, cliche, sure…but literally I am where I am and who I am today because of her. She talked some sense into me when we were engaged and my current job was a flop…and my next job is what got me started into web design and my career today. I’m a slow decision maker and though I love change, sometimes it’s hard to initiate. But she makes decisions quickly based on her gut – and pretty much she’s always right and I can trust her, even if I may feel hesitant. I’d have missed a lot of opportunities if I were going it on my own and didn’t have her.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?
Married way out of my league and have two awesome kids. When my daughter says “You’re the best daddy in the world” or just comes up and gives me a hug for no reason – that’s success for me.
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