We had the good fortune of connecting with Rich Bracken and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rich, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The absolute most important factor behind my brand is the genuine passion for helping people achieve personal and professional success. As a speaker, media personality, and writer, everything I do is driven by the joy I derive from watching people find their voice, their groove of success, or their story. When I speak or consult executives who want to be better speakers, I go into each interaction thinking “How can I leave them better than I found them?” as my Grandfather always taught me to do.
We all have success in us. We all have stories that need to be told; experiences that need to be shared. We’re all one conversation away from breaking free from what’s holding us back. I’m just honored that I get to do that for a living.
It’s that same passion for helping people and wanting people to be happy that has me wanting to be the next host of The Price is Right as well!
What should our readers know about your business?
You simply won’t find anyone like me.
There is an unstoppable passion within me to do all I can to engage, empower, educate, and entertain my audiences and clients with a huge smile on my face that has been called “The best time I’ve ever spent” by my clients. You will not find anyone else who wants to be shoulder to shoulder with the people they’re working with to help them find personal and professional joy like me.
Through the years, I’ve been blessed with some great day jobs, but my passion is in what I’m building as a keynote speaker and consultant. Ever since I was 6 and used to fake sick to watch The Price is Right because I loved Bob Barker’s stage presence and what he got to do, I knew I wanted to be on stage and on TV.
I know that I was born without the gene that makes most everyone afraid of the stage and public speaking, which is why I’ve known all my life that I needed to maximize it. Combined with my inner desire to serve, help, and lift others, speaking is my calling. I think so many people go through life either not knowing or being too afraid of their true calling that they don’t embrace it. I’ve run into it like a bear hug from a long lost friend.
It’s been a long, tiring road of building this up over the last 5 years, but as a constant fixture on TV and social media, a global keynote speaker (both in-person and virtually), my time has arrived and it’s just going to explode from here.
Every single late night and early morning, every time I just stared at the screen or out the window exhausted thinking, “What the hell am I doing? Is this worth it?” the answer was always a resounding “Yes!” I’d be robbing myself and others to not share my talents and abilities to help and serve others, so I continue to press on, growing myself, my business, and my network.
I’ve learned some huge lessons along this journey.
The main life lesson is that understanding who you are and what means the most to you can bring out amazing things in your life. Through challenges ranging from building my business, to losing over 100lbs (and keeping it off for over 20 years), to training and running the New York City Marathon, that we are amazing creations. None of those would’ve happened though had I not seen the potential in myself and went back into that potential every time things seemed tough. Had I not truly accepted myself for my strengths, and opportunities, I would have thrown in the towel many a time.
I’ve learned that you truly are the summation of the people you spend the most time with. I’ve curated and surrounded myself with some of the most brilliant, kind, supportive, and reciprocal people I’ve ever met. We’re all here to celebrate each other and swarm around when support is needed.
I’ve learned that passion and drive beats the hell out of raw talent or intelligence every day. I’ve seen people who are relentless in the pursuit of their goals start from a place of disadvantage or struggle and become wildly successful simply because they believed in themselves and knew what they wanted to achieve.
I’ve also learned that there’s always a way (my life motto). Even through the deepest, darkest, most doubtful times that I’ve experienced personally, or that I’ve seen others battle through, there’s always a way to make it work. It may not be immediate, ideal, or easy, but there’s always hope.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh this is such a fun question!
I think the week gets filled with the things that mean the most to me: exercise/activity, music, great food, memorable experiences, and conversation.
Each and every day would have, at minimum, one body moving experience. From hiking, to yoga, to running or biking for the scenery, I’m passionate about being active.
One of the main reasons I love being active, and what’s helped me keep off my 100lb weight loss, is that my activity offsets my passion for food. I’m an eclectic, spicy food freak so we’re definitely hitting sushi, authentic Mexican and Spanish food, I’m always a sucker for great Indian food as well. At night, give me some tapas and red wine or a crafty burger and a smoky bourbon or seafood and a dirty martini and I’m in heaven.
Music is a MUST! Live music is one of my all time favorite things. As a former national touring DJ, I love two different types of crowds: the large group who’s having the time of their lives and the intimate, feeling the groove type of room. Give me some soulful R&B and let’s groove or let’s hit a proper joint for some rock/metal and I can let my singing voice loose.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are hundreds of people that I owe my love and gratitude to for supporting me to get to where I am today. The ones that deserve the most are my wife and sons. They are my driving force, my inspirations, my best friends, and the constant fuel that keeps me going even when I don’t think I have anything left.