Meet Eric Ethridge – Country artist

Meet Eric! Eric is a Country artist and we love hearing him in our office. We reached out to Eric and we are so happy we have gotten to know him. He is humble, kind and just a great down to earth guy. Get to know a bit about Eric below!

1. Describe yourself in 5 words?
passionate, caring, determined, scatterbrain, dreamer 

2.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
I’d say the funniest thing to happen to me recently was when I was performing at a country concert, I jumped off stage into the crowd and my piano player and I decided to break into “I want it that way” by the Backstreet boys! I got people from the crowd singing it at the top of their lungs, it was incredible hahah.

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A cat, because they don’t care what anyone thinks haha!

4. What helps you through challenges?
meditation, mindfulness, exercise, and family.

5. What inspires you?
I am really inspired by people who devote their life to changing the lives of others… This doesn’t necessarily need to be on a large scale either. It could be a teacher thats truly devoted to helping students learn, or it could be a missionary in Africa building schools. I think there’s something profoundly positive about devoting yourself to the serving others.

6. Tell us your favourite quote.
I have several! But the one that I definitely think about every day is “be so good that people can’t say no”. I guess in my life and my career there has been a lot of rejection and “failure” so to speak. Now, there are two ways you can look at it – you can let it defeat or you can find a way to succeed. I refuse to give up and this quote reminds me of that mentality. 

7. Have you had any struggles in life that you want to share? How did you overcome them.
I have definitely encountered struggles along the way. I had a lot of anxiety growing up, which prevented me from experiencing things other kids would.  While I was in my 6th year of university though, I hit a period of immense stress, anxiety, and was probably in a minor depression. Given my educational background I refused to take pharmaceuticals for it, and decided to exhaust all other options first. I think it was this period of my life where exercise saved my mental health. It was also where I discovered mindfulness training and meditation to help keep my thoughts and emotions at bay. To this day I still use these tactics. Another thing that change my life was deliberately practicing gratitude every day. Shifting my focus to the things I have as opposed to the things I don’t have, has made a huge change in my outlook. 

8. How do you express kindness?
I try to express kindness in a number of ways, I guess it depends on the situation. Many times I try to figure out what someone needs most in that moment. Maybe it’s just someone that will listen, maybe it’s a compliment, or maybe it’s going out of my way to do something thoughtful for someone

9. Advice to your younger self?
So many things haha ! I like to think I don’t have many regrets. I made decisions the best I could with the information I had at the time. However, I would tell my younger self to not let fear guide your decision making, listen to your gut, and take risks sooner rather than later.

10. What does Pay it Forward mean to you?
At its core, to me “pay it forward” is a way of life. Do you realize how lucky we are to be alive and he human ? It’s like 1 trillion to 1 (the odds of being born). We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be here each day. And I believe the purpose of life is really to positively impact as many lives as possible before I pass on (I.e. Paying it forward). Everyday I think about what life would be like in my 80’s. Everyday I ask my 80 year old self, “would you regret this day ? Did you add value to other people’s lives? Did your decisions lead you closer to your dreams or not ? Did you waste time?Did you take the time to appreciate your loved ones?” . And as long as the answer is “yes” I am going to keep going down this path. I work with so many people who have come into unfortunate socio-economic or health problems, and it really made me realize that every day on this earth is a gift.