Portrait Project

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

Chad Hufsey

Playing football for Harvard University should have been my crowning achievement – but I was afraid.

I was a senior in high school and had dedicated my life to playing varsity football. I had accomplished all of my goals for the season. My hard work should have culminated in attending a university I never dreamed possible. Instead, when the Crimson ran onto the field in front of a raucous crowd that fall, I was standing on the sidelines. I was afraid that I wasn't good enough. Afraid I couldn't handle the academics. Afraid to take a chance. Despite my abilities, I shied away from a life-changing opportunity, because I was afraid to fail.

The outcome of this decision proved to be a vital part of God's plan for me – I met my incredible wife at TCU – and it propelled me to pursue opportunities I otherwise might not have. I moved away from my family after college, had a beautiful baby girl before we were sure we were ready, and when Harvard called this time, I answered.

My life going forward is about one thing: living life – without fear of failure – to its fullest potential. Striving to never again make a decision that makes me look back and say, "what if?" Moving beyond any doubts or fears, and sometimes, even running toward them. This means starting a company that is a long shot, taking on a leadership role before I am ready, and even taking my family of six on an overnight camping trip – in one tent.

There will be nothing more fulfilling than looking back over a life fully and freely lived – where my only regret is that it has to end.

— Chad Hufsey