Great to meet you. Thank you for doing the interview. We want to know more about your journey, early struggles, success, and some wisdom that we can pass on to others who are interested in walking your footsteps toward becoming an entrepreneur. We know that being an entrepreneur is not all glory and fame, but there are hard times too. We believe that others who are interested in being a business owner can gain insight from other business founders like yourself. Again, we want to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule. Let’s get this interview started!
Let us start off with some basic questions to learn more about who you are as a person.
Can you tell everyone your name, please?
Where did you go to school?
I graduated high school in 2006, and went to the University of Kansas for one semester before dropping out. You’ll find out why soon enough. I went to a tech school here in Kansas City called Centriq Training in 2011 and got a software application certification in July 2011.
Can you give an example of an early lesson in life that helped shaped who you are today?
Absolutely, I think the experiences and lessons we learn help shape everything that we will become in life. I referenced it in the above response to your first question, and that was I dropped out of college. The reason for that being is I lost complete control over my life from the age between 18 to 28. I am about to turn 31 in November.
Here is the short version of my story.
I was misdiagnosed with a mood disorder(bipolar) and put on ten different prescription medications.
During that time, I experienced all kinds of emotions and feelings. About five years ago I was in a complete haze and highly addicted to my medications. I had no idea what was going on, who I was or where I was. I just knew deep down inside I wasn’t myself. I became very hateful, aggressive, depressed and anxious at the same time. It’s hard to describe, but that’s how it felt.
One night I was at a friends house, and I got into a debate with a friend of his about something foolish. If I recall, it was about how the rules worked for this card game we were playing, Magic the Gathering. Moreover, it got so heated that he told me “I should go kill myself.”Thus, a few weeks later it got to the point I felt like there was nothing left for me, and I did attempt to take my life.
I saw how dark humanity could become. How cruel the world can be. I’ve experienced so many dark emotions and feelings, and the series of events that lead up to this changed everything.
After I fell 12ft from my dormer room window onto a steel patio table in the backyard, I was still alive. I didn’t sprain, twist, break, or suffer any internal damage of any kind.
However, my parents saw me limping around and asked what happened, so I told them the truth. I’ll never forget the look on their faces. How destroyed and defeated they looked. Like their world just came crashing down.
They knew I was having a hard time, but they didn’t realize how bad it was. After I told my parents, I walked them through everything I was thinking and feeling. That was when everything changed.
All of those events happened from the year 2006 to 2013. From the rest of 2013 to early 2016, I went through withdrawal from all my prescriptions one at a time. Also, to be completely transparent it was risky because we had no assistance from my doctors. They were upset when I told them I was going off them.
Those 2 and half years were more brutal than the seven years before it. There would be days I couldn’t eat or drink because my body was reacting like it was in shock without the meds, and went through a violent transformation to get things back to normal.
And….. the madness was still not over….
May of 2017, I ended up in the hospital, it both felt and looked like I was going to die. My skin was an ashen white, and my stomach felt like it was going to explode. I mean that in a very literal sense. It was like the movie Alien, and I felt like I was housing an Alien inside of me.
The doctors told me to go back on prescription medications and that I needed to see a psychiatrist. At that point, I took things into my own hands, since for the first time in 10 years I could think clearly. So I made an appointment with this top quality Acupuncturist, who was recommended by my mom’s friend.
I’ll never forget what she said: “I am not sure how you are alive right now, let’s go treat you” A warning this is pretty gross…
After my treatment, she said my kidneys, liver, stomach, and lungs were all out of alignment. She had suggested this was from my violent withdrawal that lasted a little over two years.
That introduced me to healthy eating, holistic and organic solutions to medications. We wouldn’t be having this conversation right now if it wasn’t for this decision I made. She had implied “I wouldn’t have much time left if I didn’t come see her when I did.”
What did a Living Nightmare teach me?
How to treat yourself
How to treat others
To not pass judgment so quickly, because we don’t know or understand other people ’s circumstance (s).
To live every day like it’s going to be your last.
Inspire and empower others. Because there are others out there, who have been through something similar.
Lessons in life and bad stuff will always happen before happiness and greatness can occur because that is how the world works.
It taught me that this terrible series of events happened to bring out the good in me. It is my strength and power that I now have to serve others. It massively transformed me from a person who didn’t care about anything or anyone, not even himself, to someone who is extremely positive, also when things don’t work out to plan.
We all have entrepreneurs whom we look up to in our industry. These business leaders help influence, shape, and drive our ambition to succeed. These entrepreneurs could be someone that we have worked with on a project or could be someone that we look up too from a distance. For example, Bill Gates is a big inspiration to me not only because of his work in Microsoft but his outstanding contributions to society.
Who would you consider to be a significant influence on you professionally and can you explain why?
Ferny Ceballos and Tim Erway. I know I cheated the question here, but they work closely together and have been responsible for helping near 100,000 Entrepreneurs who want to serve others through Network Marketing.
I remember meeting Tim and Ferny at an event they were hosting in Vegas in June. That Saturday night of the event, I remember introducing myself to Tim for the first time. I felt like I knew him already, and I told him an abridged version of my story that I just mentioned.
He said: “Dude holy crap! I am so glad you here! I am so excited to be working with you! The next year is truly going to be game changing!” I am 99% sure that’s the exact quote.
He is the most real person I have ever met, so is Ferny he is very much like Tim. How awesome would it be if Bill Gates said to you “Ricky I am going to teach you everything I know about running a business over the next year?”
That would change your life I would imagine. They were the two who helped me realize how influential and inspirational I could be to others in this online and network marketing space.
Thank you for providing background on who you are as a person. I always find it fascinating to learn who a person is and their early life lessons. Let us move forward with the interview and discuss what you are doing now and how you are making a difference in your industry.
What is the name of your company?
Life and Success With Richard
Where is your company located?
Overland Park, KS
What services or products does your organization provide?
Coaching for Network Marketers, as well as different courses on how to brand, recruit, and generate leads for their business
I am also currently in the process of creating a tech consultation package. I don’t have all the details yet, but what it might look like is teaching Network Marketers how to utilize different tech apps for their business, as well as a high-end package that would allow me to build and customize their websites for them, and other integrations such as their funnels and social media
What problem is your business trying to solve?
How to utilize social media properly to get people to ask you about your business, and what you do. Instead of having to do what big corporations do and pay 10s of millions of dollars to recruiters, you would have prospects knocking on your door saying “I want in.” By the time they are saying they want in, they are already highly qualified to be in your business, based on what I teach others.
I know this can help big corporate businesses with recruiting, because this process of attracting prospects or employees works the same way, regardless of size. How cool is that?
How is your business unique against your competitors?
I think that is an interesting question because Network Marketing you don’t necessarily compete with others. There are leaders and influencers in the space. Also, yes while you and your team get rewarded for rank advancing, your still only in competition with yourself.
What’s your message? What does your brand represent? Can people trust you to do business with them? The more specifically people can answer those types of questions, the more likely it is they will build a stable and reliable team that will be successful. Otherwise, you fail. It’s one or the other in this particular space. This business is about building relationships and teaching those you make relationships with, a duplicatable system so they can help develop their teams do the same.
How did the idea for your business come to fruition?
When I recovered from my hard times and saw my acupuncturist. I got involved with a company whose product worked for me, and I wanted to start my own business selling this product but learned very quickly what I was taught on how to prospect and recruit wasn’t working. I made it my mission to show others how to attract prospects to their business.
Where can people go on the web to learn more about your business?
www.lifeandsuccesswithrichard.com, currently it is just a lot of content and value on how to get prospects, recruit, and run a network marketing business online. Users can access my main product at the end of each blog post. Currently in the process of getting my products page up.
If anyone wants to get a hold of me directly the best way to do that is here:
facebook.com/LifeAndSuccessWithRichard/ feel free to direct message me, I am usually responsive within 15–30 mins unless I am doing training or coaching.
I prefer this method anyway because it is a very one-on-one business. I like to get to know people and hop on a zoom call. The main reason for that is to get to know them, what they hope to accomplish, what their dreams are with starting a network marketing business.
It’s always best in this industry to build real relationships with people. I have a quote I live by:
“Real networking = Real relationships.”
Final question. We want to thank you for the interview. We have one last question to ask you about imparting some wisdom to future entrepreneurs.
What three tips would you give to other entrepreneurs who are starting out on their journey?
Believe in Yourself — No one is going to understand your vision of what you are trying to accomplish, it’s so easy to fail and give up when you allow others to dictate what he or she believe about your business. Have faith in yourself and your vision.
Take Action — To be a successful Entrepreneur you MUST take small, daily CONSISTENT actions. When I failed to build my tech business, it was because I believed I had to knock out big pieces every day for me to make my dream. Also, from the outside, that’s what it seems like. One day you hear about this person you’ve never heard of, and now they are a millionaire, must have happened overnight? NO, they took small actions every day that were driving their business forward. When you try to do too much, you get burnt out and stop working.
Evaluate — If you are stumbling and struggling to resolve a problem in your business evaluate the problem. I think that’s where many Entrepreneurs get caught, they accomplish the first two things but then the result wasn’t what was expected, and they don’t analyze the results. Here is the most significant VALUE I can offer any Entrepreneur reading this. These three questions will help you break through this struggle!
What Didn’t Work?
What Might I Do Differently?
Thanks, Ricky for taking the time interview me. Thanks to everyone who read this. I hope these tips can help you on your path to serving others!
All The Best,