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Check Out Richard Rycraw’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Rycraw. 

Hi Richard, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Growing up I definitely never would have thought that I’d have my own podcast. I was always a shy kid, so any form of public speaking was not something I imagined would be in the cards for me. Playing sports in high school definitely helped me in the confidence/social anxiety department, but I think the biggest factor was when I decided to leave everything I knew in southern California and go to college at The University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Food Science and Nutrition. 

Having moved halfway across the country where I knew no one, I knew I would have to force myself out of my comfort zone in order to make friends and land jobs. The “making friends” part was easy, but I struggled in the “interviewing for jobs” department. It wasn’t until I bombed an interview for an internship at Mars Wrigley that I changed my mentality. I dug back into my SoCal roots and channeled Kobe Bryant’s ‘Mamba Mentality’ and decided to perceive my anxiety and fear of being rejected from a job as excitement over the possibility to land the job or learn from the interview. That mentality shift led me to landing my current position at Isinglass Estate Winery in LaCygne, KS after graduating in 2018. 

After moving to Kansas City, I found myself consistently working multiple jobs at the same time, trying to make money. Then 2020 hit…global shutdown due to COVID threw a wrench in my plans, and I was once again forced to adapt. What started as wanting to talk to people in the food and beverage industry so I could find something for myself to do quickly transitioned into talking to people in any and every industry and recording it in podcast! That was the genesis of The Get Rich Podcast: where we get rich not strictly in money, but also in the satisfaction of finding the career that perfectly suits our talents and passions. Today, I have 65 episodes and have been heard in over 35 countries on all podcast streaming platforms! 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has definitely not been an easy road. Experiencing divorce at a young age and bouncing around from place to place was definitely a challenge, and some of these places weren’t the most desirable. There were even times when we didn’t know where/when food was going to come, but I have to thank God for providing. We focused on things within our control and were thankful for the things we did have. It was those early experiences that helped shape my resilience and positive attitude. Even after I graduated college and had to couch hop for an entire month, I always knew things would work out. Yes, it was stressful, but I knew I didn’t have to panic because I knew it could always be worse. That attitude definitely helps with some of the stresses of the podcast. Sometimes it’s hard to schedule, record, edit, and upload every week while working two jobs. I’ve had to go on breaks and adjust my releases, but I’ve learned that taking that time to get it right is worth more than rushing or worrying too hard. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
So, as I’ve stated, my podcast is called The Get Rich Podcast and is available on almost all podcast streaming platforms. The basic premise of the podcast is to interview people across all fields of work. I ask them questions about what they do for a living, if it was something they always wanted to do or if they stumbled into it, and details about their journey. I also enjoy asking what the day-to-day work is really like and what their favorite and least favorite parts of their jobs are. I find this part to be really important because in most conversations about what a person does, it kind of stays surface level. Anyone can say that they are an Applications Technologist, but what does that really mean? I getting into that part, and I feel like that sets me apart a little bit, in addition to the fact that my podcast isn’t industry-specific. And in asking the person’s favorite/least favorite parts of their job, as well as advice, I find that it helps gives insight into the little details that might make or break a job for someone. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I think my answer would be different from what other people would say about me. I think the outside observer would say I’ve had much more good luck than bad luck. I think it all comes down to putting yourself in a position to receive the blessings life has to offer. I try to put myself in the best position possible, fully knowing that it won’t usually turn out the way I want or expect. At that point, it’s how you respond to whatever events or opportunities occur. I believe despite the bad that has happened, I have learned and grown from those experiences and brought those learned lessons with me to the next challenge or opportunity. I focus on what I can control and don’t stress too much about what I can’t. 

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