He's a writer, marketer, entrepreneur, and a college dropout. He’s the motivational speaker on everyone’s mind including NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. He’s broached the subject of stoicism, spotlight, and product longevity in today’s disposable age. Ryan is a young, smart, marketing powerhouse turned motivational speaker and is a media columnist for The New York Observer, and his other writings—published in 19 languages—appear in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others.
When he’s not speaking, he’s writing from his ranch in Austin, TX alongside his cattle, donkeys, and goats.
"Brands and agencies are always chasing the new thing -- the first to be on this platform or to do something with that type of influencer or to buy ads in that format," he said in our email conversation. "But flash forward a few years, and aside from a quick mention on a Wikipedia page, it's as if it never even happened. Nobody cares who the first brand in Second Life was, ten years later, or who did the first ad on Instagram. The costs of creating something new are almost always going to be higher than the costs of keeping something great going.”