The quality of leadership is a subtle talent that shows its presence in few gifted individuals. In some, it sparks off like a bright ray of light, while others need to work at it harder, but it does live in each and every one of us. For the lucky ones, being a leader can be an instinct; but natural instinct or not, one must hone their skill. One fitting example of such a leader is entrepreneur and Professional Martial Artist Frost Murphy.
Real Estate was in the young American’s blood, who put on the shoes of an entrepreneur early in life. While still in college, he began flipping homes and worked as an assistant to one of the top producers in the country closing approximately 200 home transactions, annually. Now he leads ventures across the fitness, oil and gas, real eastate and medical industries.
“Much like being tall doesn't guarantee you will be great at basketball, natural instinct in leadership does not guarantee you success as a leader; you must practice. Fortunately, I stumbled across Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at an early age, Jiu Jitsu has helped me hone my leadership skills” says the talented Murphy. Murphy began his Jiu Jitsu training in 1997 making him one of the very few first-generation Americans to learn Jiu-jitsu and earn a Black Belt in the sport. Along the way he began teaching classes at Elite Mixed Martial Arts, where he would teach various forms of martial arts to those wanting to learn. Today, Elite MMA has empowered over 10,000 students byhelping them find physical fitness, learn self defense and forming life long postive friendships.
“I had the luxury of being able to teach hours and hours of martial arts classes at Elite MMA. This was my training ground for leadership. Each hour I got lead people to fulfil on a new outcome. Motivating them and holding them accountable to finish their class or learn the new technique was the perfect training ground to learn how to be a leader. Each new venture I get involved with, I feel more and more comfortable and do a better job as a leader because of my martial arts experience. Being able to lead martial arts classes is a gift few can participate in and I encourage every practitioner to put on their leadership hat and teach some classes.”
Stepping out of his comfort zone Murphy began providing leadership in the medical space- an industry of which had no previous experience. He is now Vice Chairman of the HeartGift Foundation, and the Chairman of the Mission Committee. Currently, the non-profit treats children from over 34 countries worldwide, providing them with free life-saving heart surgery. Murphy plays a significant role in expanding this work across the globe. “It is pretty cool that my ability to lead is helping save the lives of children in an industry where I have no experience.”Aside from HeartGift, he also serves on the Governing Board of Directors at the Greater Houston Community Foundation as Chairman of the Next Gen Steering Committee, and as aboard member of KickStart Kids,a non profit run by Chuck Norris.
While he does have a remarkable career to his name, Murphy has also done well for himself when it comes to his private life. He is a happily married father of two. He is also a fishing enthusiast, and holds the state record for the largest Rainbow Trout ever caught in Texas!
The career of Frost Murphy is a fine example of how one can achieve the success they desire in all areas of their life. “Help as many people as you can and get on the court,” are Murphy’s final words of wisdom to those waiting to get in the game....