We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Landry and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Life isn’t fair. Seriously. Deal with it. So many people have ideas that they cannot make come to life. I want to be able to help them with that. If someone is willing to invest in themself, they should be able to make it happen. No one should get to the end of their life wishing they had done something when they had the means to do it.
Please tell us more about your work. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I take a contrarian view when it comes to motivation. Fear. It drives me. I love it. It’s stressful much of the time and my wife thinks I’m a tad bit crazy. I like crazy too. I’ve been afraid of failure my entire life. When I was in middle school, I had to see professional help because I was anal-retentive. My parents were worried about it. I could not fail at anything I did. School. Sports. Playing with friends. I was obsessed with being the best I possibly could be. That societal “problem” has been the fuel that has pushed me for decades. I’ve pushed myself to the lunatic fringe on many things. I believe we as a society need to harness the unique qualities everyone has. The best people I know: CEOs, friends, parents, are all a bit (insert word here – insane, obsessed, ADD, whatever) at things and that’s what makes them unique and special. Mentorship is the other thing. I sought out mentorship from many places, constantly, and still to this day. The first was my parents, although they probably never saw it that way. When I was a kid playing sports, I idolized the older kids and tried to be like them. Same thing I said earlier about being the dumbest guy in the room. It comes at a price, but it’s well worth it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My best friend and I built a bucket list together. We’ve added to it over the years. I am so blessed to have him in my life. We’ve traveled the world. We don’t see each other nearly as often as we used to. And that’s okay. The best memories I have with him are not places or things. It’s the feelings, emotions, and discussions we’ve had. So with that being said, we’d probably take a seat somewhere looking at nothing but everything, drink a cocktail that we’ve never heard of before, and talk.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If it wasn’t for my EO and YPO forums, I would not be where I am today. I would not be married to my wife, I would not have my two sons, I would not have an amazing group of family members (colleagues) at our companies, I would not have the memories or friendships that have made this all possible. The only credit I will take is that I always make sure I am the dumbest person in the room. Which isn’t really that hard to do.
Website: www.MBCapitalVentures.com, www.NHLearningGroup.com