Published on February 23rd, 2016 | by Chad T.0
Ryan Eagle – Living Legend
Things that you love?
I love my daughter, my fiancé and my family. After having my own child I was really forced to optimize my time better than ever. I couldn’t’ work endlessly anymore and had to get more done in less time. One of my (new) favorite quotes is, “If you can’t get off at 5pm, the job is too big for you.”
Aspirations in life?
I’ve wanted a lot of things and I think my perspective has changed quite a bit – I just want to live a happy and meaningful life. I want to somehow apply the success that I’ve had in business in a way to help others. It would be a dream if I could get so successful that I could spend my full time donating my money directly towards causes that are meaningful to me. I look up towards my role models like Bill Gates and it’s truly admirable what he has done with his life. If I could reach a fraction of his philanthropic success, I’d be a happy man.
When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m doing exactly what I wanted to do – be a technology-based company owner. My mother recently showed me drawings that I made when I was in 3rd grade of me drawing buildings for my future company, “EagleCOM”, that would make software and the next web browser. Well, I haven’t quite made a browser yet but Iv’e definitely hit pretty close to that goal!
What did you learn from your biggest failure?
I learned humility. The first company that I built ended up failing in 2013 and it was one of the most painful and humbling experiences that I have ever endured. I encountered a lot of backlash, had personal issues, and it was truly a challenge in my life. I realized that not everything lasts and that, regardless of how hard you try, sometimes things fail and it’s just out of your control. From a business perspective, I learned that I should be focusing more on exiting companies and building companies that actually have sellable value. As painful as the entire experience was, I’m grateful to be where I’m at today.
What’s your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is my sobriety, because without that, I would have nothing. I would have no family, no business, and no chance on this earth do the right thing. I’m not going to sit here and promote or pat myself on the back for being a normal member of society, but it’s a struggle that I’m very proud of.