Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your story and your advice. First things first, though, I am sure readers would love to learn more about you. What is something about you that would surprise people?
Ron: I’m a welder who makes large outdoor modern sculptures and I write cowboy poetry that I recite by campfires on Texas ranches.
Adam: How did you get here? What failures, setbacks or challenges have been most instrumental to your growth?
Ron: In my long and varied career, I have fallen down hundreds of shafts while searching for elevators. When trying to get my first book published, I was turned down more than the sheets in a five-star hotel. However, I had learned from experience that every NO led me closer to the YES that took me to #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
Adam: In your experience, what are the defining qualities of an effective leader?
Ron: An effective leader must be a good listener with compassion and a kind heart.
Adam: What are your three best tips applicable to entrepreneurs, executives and civic leaders?
Ron: Character is built through acts of kindness to those who have nothing to offer you.
It’s not the color of our skin or the language we speak that divides us. It’s the condition of our hearts.
You never know who’s eyes God is watching you out of!
Adam: What is the single best piece of advice you have ever received?
Ron: In dealing with difficult people, try blessing the hell out of them.
Adam: What is the one thing everyone should be doing to pay it forward?
Ron: Realize that nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody. And, the things you give away are the things you keep forever.
Adam: What are your hobbies and how have they shaped you?
Ron: My hobby is being a volunteer cowboy on big Texas ranches and being schooled in simple things and common sense by the old cowboys who make their living in spurs and saddle while herding cattle.
Adam: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Ron: Don’t judge by appearance, for a poor coat may be hiding a rich heart.