Getting To Know…Ryan Knapp

Last week I started a weekly post called “Getting To Know…”  As I mentioned then, I really wanted you to get to know some of the influential people in my social circles.  I also wanted the people I feature to go a little deeper and get to know them a little more personally.  Many of these folks are successful business men and women but I know that isn’t what defines them…so why not ask them questions non business related and see how they have been influenced!

This week, I’d like for all of you to get to know Ryan Knapp.  I first connected with Ryan when he was featured on Gini Dietrich‘s Spin Sucks.  When I saw that he was a soccer fan, I knew I had to get to know him!  You can find out more about Ryan and his passions by going to ryanjknapp.com.  I will admit that it’s a little hard to really get to know someone by answering only four questions but that’s the beauty of the comments!  If there is more you’d like to know about Ryan, feel free to comment!

Ryan Knapp

Who is the most influential person in your life and why?
My wife.  She is always pushing me to be the best I can and she challenges me like no other person in the world.  While she may not be too happy when I’m taking on loads of new projects and responsibilities, she constantly remains by my side and often gets the short end of the stick for it.

Guilty dessert pleasure?
Ice Cream.  I eat a small bowl every night while watching Daily Show/Rachel Maddow.  We always have a stockpile of various kinds in the freezer.  I’m a huge sweet tooth.

What is one piece of advice you’d give someone?
Find what works for you.  I’m completely guilty of not doing this.  In the world where you can google every question or find the answer to just about anything, we tend to do what others have done before us and not find what works best for ourselves.  When we cannot trust ourselves to make good decisions or to find the best way to solve a problem, we cease to be who we really are, and that is a true shame.

Favorite childhood memory?
This may not be a favorite, but it is something that will stick with me forever.  My father passed away when I was 14 years old from brain cancer and kidney failure.  He was a mechanic and worked in a warehouse all his life, something that most people nowadays wouldn’t be caught dead doing.  The thing that struck me when he passed away was the amount of people he had touched throughout his life.  The line for his calling hours stretched one block outside of the funeral home and the funeral itself had to be moved to a larger church because the medium size church was standing room only.

Seeing the outpouring of support taught me you can have a huge impact on others no matter what your job is or how much money you have.  We think of influence as something which is only reserved for those who have power, but the ability to be kind and help others in our daily lives has a much greater impact.

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USA! USA! USA!

Yes, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team has been eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  But will still remain with me is the emotion and excitement from Landon Donovan‘s goal in the 91st minute of their last game to make them winners of Group C.  Check out the emotion from everyone watching the game in the video below.  If you were to tell me no one in the United States cares about soccer, I’d call you a liar.  Everyone watching the game was united and supporting a group of men half way around the world.

Can you imagine if we showed this much emotion and passion in our everyday life, how much could be accomplished?

Write The Future [video]

I can’t believe World Cup 2010 will soon be here.  I came across this video from a friend of mine and thought I’d share it with you.  If you love soccer, you’ll love this video.  Have a great Friday!