When you work really hard, apply yourself morning to night and give your job everything you’ve got, it creates a confidence. Another way to build your confidence is to let go of your ego, start bringing value to other people’s lives.
[0:7:22] How He Became Ryback Reeves
Born Ryan Reeves, Silverback was what his friends called him in his teenage years because his forehead reminded them of the gorilla. At 22, he dropped out of college and joined WWE, taking on the name Silverback Ryan Reeves. He talks candidly about his time at WWE, how wrestlers are treated and the challenges of life on the road.
[0:15:01] Grateful for Adversity
Ryback wasn’t equipped to deal with the adversities he encountered in college and early WWE days. He got fired two years into his WWE career and was working at Smokey Bones in Louisville Kentucky when Luke Gallows introduced him to The Secret, a book which changed his entire outlook. During his second stint at WWE, he broke his ankle in three places and was fired again. This time round his mind was much stronger, thanks in part to what he’d learned from another book, The Power. After fighting to get his job back, Ryback returned to WWE to face even more adversity before, eventually walking out to start Feed me More Nutrition.
[0:20:47] Always Look for the Bright Side
When facing trials, too many people get drowned in a “why me” gloomy attitude. Choose to look for the positive. Some situations are terrible but don’t allow yourself to spiral into a dump, looking for someone or something to blame. Be thankful for trials because that’s what will make you who you become. Helping others will put you in the right mindset, so let go of your ego, start treating people good… and don’t hate on rich kids.
[0:29:05] Lessons from The Secret
The biggest thing Ryback got out of reading The Secret was an awareness of how negative he was at the time. It helped him adopt a positive mindset. After envisioning success or positive outcomes, you must follow it with hard work. More recently, The Energy Codes by Sue Morter is another book that has helped him weed out negative influences. Everyone should read The Secret or Think and Grow Rich because the law of attraction is something people should at least know about.
[0:35:53] Work Ethic
During his early years in WWE, Rayback’s introduction to Grant Cardone was The 10X Rule. Apply yourself to whatever it is that you’re doing and give it your focus–people who have the ability to focus will be the most successful. When you combine the work ethic with a positive mindset, you get a home run every time.
[0:37:12] You Don’t Need Patience
Time and again, Gary Vee tells people they need to have patience. Brad narrates two examples from his personal life where being patient might have led to death. What Gary Vee probably means is “that things take time.” If you want something bad enough, intensify your action.
[0:48:34] Harmful Supplements
People don’t realize that artificial sweeteners used in most supplements are harmful. When he was about 27, Ryback experienced blurred vision, fatigue and other symptoms and discovered it was the aspartame and sucralose in the supplements that were making him sick. That’s when he started making his own supplements.
[0:52:03] Feed me More
Ryback’s initial idea was to start his business while still in WWE. He is passionate about by producing healthy, safe products, and his supplements are made with natural sweeteners like stevia and monk fruit. Margins are lower than the industry average because high quality ingredients mean higher production costs. The soon-to-be-released brain feed formula will be his eighth product.
[0:56:05] Wake Up! It’s Feeding Time
Wake Up! Is a motivational book for wrestling fans. Reading is a great way to learn and Ryback approaches life with a learning mindset. In his WWE days, he learned a lot from listening to audiobooks on long drives. Many successful people found their break throughs by reading books and applying what they learned.
[0:59:40] Let Go of Your Ego
Put yourself out there, make other people feel good, encourage and motivate them. It will all come back to you: you feel better and you’ll start getting opportunities. Ego and bravado are necessary in wrestling but not in everyday life. Ryback plans to restart jujitsu and work his way from blue belt to black belt and to achieve that, there will be no room for ego.
[1:04:07] The Energy Codes
Everything happens in our life for our favor and betterment. That’s the mindset that Ryback maintains even with the adversities he’s dealing with today.
[1:07:32] Conversation with the Big Guy Ryback
Guests on his podcast include experts in nutrition, health, fitness and wrestling because those are the areas that Ryback is passionate about. He does a wrestling report every week for pro wrestling, similar to what Joe Rogan does with the UFC. His advice to everyone is to get your health checked regularly.