Ryan West hosts a podcast called Revealing Healing, where he brings on guests who have battled all kinds of health crisis and found ways to get through them. Ryan's podcast is a show dedicated to telling motivating health stories. The Revealing Healing show hosted by Ryan West who is a brain tumor survivor himself! I'm excited to have him on the show!
Below are some insights from Ryan West. Enjoy!
What is your personal definition of success?
This one is short answer for me. My definition of success is when you get paid as a result of what your creativity created. Hands down the best feeling ever is to work on something from scratch and see others benefit from it.
Can you share the steps you take daily to improve?
I don't know if there is enough paper in the world to write down what I am trying to improve on. I'm going to answer this a little different by saying I try other things to help me improve on what I know I'm not good at. Here's an example, for all of 2019 I have been trying to learn how to play the guitar. The reason I pushed myself to do that was because I have always wanted to learn but also because I know that once I feel confident playing the guitar I will all the sudden be good at three things I use to suck at. Why? Because I believe that when we teach ourselves how to do something that is creative, are brains automatically help us out and solve those those three things we were having problems with. Creativity is free. Let me say that again, creativity is FREE and when you tap into it you can do wonders for self-improvement.
What is your advice for someone making an important decision?
If you have time, think it over and then think it over again. I don't think (no pun intended) that we allow ourselves enough time to think throughout the day. It is so undervalued how important that is. I watched the documentary about Warren Buffet last year and the one thing out of everything he said that stuck with me was how much he just thinks throughout the day. I thought maybe I was just some odd person (no comment) but when the richest person in the world suggests it I think I can get behind it. Some of the best ideas come from sitting in silence and thinking about what you could here or there. If time is limited like in so many cases, you make your best advised decision and don't look back. You are in the role because you got the job, be confident.
Tell me about a specific moment that set you on the path you’re on now?
I always know I wanted to be an entrepreneur but didn't know what made sense for me to push myself into. In October of 2018 I was at the doctor getting checked for something in my throat that didn't feel right. Ultimately it was coming from my stomach as a result of stress from my job. I think a lot of that stress was brought on by myself and so the doctor asked me if I had ever thought about anxiety medication. I'm on a lot of medication from my tumor and the disease I have (acromegaly) and didn't want anymore. Also, I didn't think I needed anxiety medication or that it was for me. Long story short, my doctor convinced me to try it and within a few weeks I noticed a huge difference in how I thought. Shortly after I jumped head in on starting a podcast, developing a fitness app and soon to be a community platform to bring adversity survivor's together. The best way I can explain how the anxiety medication helped and how it was a specific moment was that the my creativity was finally going the same speed as my drive to be successful. That's it.
If you could recommend one book for our audience, what would it be?
I would recommend "The Tattooist of Auschwitz". My whole entrepreneur spirit is built around turning adversity and misfortune into opportunity. You could make the argument that those who suffered through the concentration camps of WW2 ...