From Super Bowl Champion to CEO: Learning Through Failure with Gary Brackett
Gary Brackett–currently CEO of the Stacked Pickle and a former Indianapolis Colt– invites Ray to his office to talk about his unlikely success in the NFL, his transition to the foodservice industry, and how his faith helped him through unimaginable loss along the way.
Gary Brackett was a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League, during which time he served as Defensive Captain. He started for the Colts during their Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears and their Super Bowl XLIV loss to the New Orleans Saints.
After losing his mother, father, and brother during a 16-month period beginning in 2003, Brackett felt compelled to launch the Gary Brackett’s Impact Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at empowering underserved or chronically ill youth.
Brackett serves as Owner, President, and CEO of Brackett Restaurant Group which includes CharBlue Steakhouse and the Stacked Pickle casual dining brands as well as a full-service catering company.
“My goal is to be more Christ-like and less Christian.”
“Nothing ever grows from your comfort zone.”
“In order to experience life, in order to experience your greatness and what God has put inside of your life, you’re going to have to step outside your comfort zone, deal with that fear, and do it anyway.”
1. The greatest among you will serve.
2. Success is not transferrable; the skills you learn along the way are.
3. People build brands
4. It’s going to be harder than you think it is.
5. Failure is part of your R&D. You have to budget for it.