Hi, my name is Kris Hari and I'd like to tell you a little about how I went from playing video games and skipping classes to consulting for corporate companies, and eventually owning my own multi million dollar venture.
I was born and raised in a small town right outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, called Taastrup. Arguably no one from this city ever really achieved "true success". However, I was determined to be the outlier.
I have always considered myself as a little different from my peers. My parents used the word "mature for his age", and meanwhile there might be an extent of truth to that, I believe that is a vain explanation. It didn’t matter if it was in the International school I went to when I was young, or when I took classes at Harvard. Olympic Qualifier at 21, or even when I became the fastest track athlete ever to be born in Denmark, I was always trying to push past the limits of my potential. I always knew what I wanted, I just needed the right strategy to get there.
Feeling alone at the time of my younger days (even though I am practically still a baby), I forced myself to actively search for a more mature crowd. I found that crowd online – through video games. My time playing video games eventually led me to develop essential critical thinking skills and promoted an extremely competitive mindset as I was getting into competitive gaming at the age of 13.
As my online team-mates were American, my english skills alongside my technical skills online developed immensely. I was skipping high school classes to play video games– something that might have seemed counterproductive at the time to my parents, but has helped me become the person that I am today. If it wasn’t for the people I had met online at the time, I wouldn’t have been the person that I am today.
As I became more and more invested in the online world, I eventually found ways to make money online through my new qualifications. Starting off with offering my services to help other people climb ranks in the video game I was playing at the time (Yes, it is rather ridiculous – But a rather profitable market) all the way to creating websites and coding.
Concurrently, being around my peers became dreadful. I was constantly battling the notion of why I was progressing further along than them — Did I just get lucky? Were the odds in my favor? Then it hit me. I had subconsciously switched up my environment, which made all of those choices so simple for me. The people I was playing video games with were mid-20’s and had a lot more life experience than the peers around me on the playground in recession. Skipping classes actually removed me from the negative and childish environment that I found myself in roughly 70% of every single day. When I spent more time with people that were more mature, it became natural for me to just force myself to become a “grown-up” faster.
Over time, I become one of the top players at the time, and I was winning prize money and playing for the #1 team in the world, selected to play in the world championships. However, naturally, as time went by... I outgrew my environment yet again. I wanted more. I wasn't content with just playing video games all day long. What value was I bringing to the world? What was I leaving behind? I knew I needed more. It was an everlasting urge to become more than I already was.
However, the path to success wasn't exactly perfect... When I started out my track & field career alongside college, I was forced to let go of the online hustling. I remember that a $1,000 month was fantastic for me, which isn't bad when you do Track & Field in Copenhagen. It was fine because I was living under the roof of my parents, and it allowed me to do what I loved, in pursuit of perhaps becoming significant enough to land a big enough contract.
After a year of committing my entire life to Track & Field, I became the fastest runner in the world under the age of 18, at the age of 15. I had broken two European records, and equalling one world record. I remember the feeling of crossing the finish line and realizing that I had done something extraordinary. Something that others weren't able to, even with life-long training behind them. I had made it big. I thought.
I was offered a $40,000 contract with PUMA. I had busted my ass off for $10,000 a year. The highest possible achievement in the sport at my respective age, and that was all of it. Meanwhile that was an upgrade, it wasn't near what I expected to get out of all of that hard work.