Exceptionalist 13: Chris Meade

Chris is the co-founder of CROSSNET an incredible new game which he designed together with his friends

For so long volleyball has been a game for two teams, Chris quite literally changed the game and turned it into a four way bonanza.

IG: @crossnetgame

You can often find him on LinkedIn giving invaluable advice to early stage founders and startups, Chris is not only an innovator and someone who makes every day exceptional, he is a great guy as well!

We hope you enjoy reading his interview as much as we enjoyed conducting it.

When did you fall in love with what you do and how did you get started?

The day we got our first Shopify sale selling CROSSNET, I was immediately hooked. You mean I can make money online by selling my four-way volleyball game?! The ding going off was so addicting, I just wanted more.

What was your earliest childhood ambition?

I wanted to become a horror movie director. I grew up loving scary movies and I saw that there was only like 1-3 good ones that came out a year. The young entrepreneur in me saw this as an area that I could improve and make money on if I did it correctly!

What difference are you striving to make in the world? (big or small, it all counts!)

Bringing fun back into the world, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, once a week! I want people to feel that sense of connectivity and childhood nostalgia again. CROSSNET helps bring that to life.

Ambition or talent: which matters more to success?

Ambition. You need to have hustle. You need to have grit. You need to be willing to not take no for an answer and keep going.

If there was one-piece advice you could give to people aspiring to do what you do, what would it be?

Just keep going, you never know what’s around the next corner or what will happen next. When you want to quit, keep going. When things go bad, keep going. Look for the smallest amount of self-gratitude to keep pushing. Did our online sales go up? Did our store visitors increase? How’s our conversion rate? Seek out small wins and the time will fly.

What is the greatest challenge of our time?

Rebuilding a sense of community and being able to actually communicate in person. Everyone is so glued to their cell phones, I’m very scared that people are forgetting how to actually live in the moment and communicate. Enjoying life with your eyes and brain, rather than with your cell phone hitting record is something I’ve personally been very focused on accomplishing.