Mon, 16 September 2019
What does it mean to be a man and an entrepreneur today? Ryan shares his thoughts on masculinity, loneliness, creativity, capitalism, growth and religion.
Ryan opens up about what influence he wants to have as a man and what he has learned about women. And tune in to hear the number one rule of business he has always violated as well as what you should be willing to sacrifice in the pursuit of truth.
Men are trained to shoulder and carry the burden, do it alone, and do it in silence. This is a lie.
Ryan’s journey started with being aware that he felt alone and noticing that every aspect of his life was better when he wasn’t.
Challenge [8:13] Ryan shares his biggest challenge so far in his journey as a human, a man, and an entrepreneur. He also touches on his take on the meaning of life.
[10:00] Loneliness shouldn’t be man’s default state, but it’s the case for the majority of male leaders today.
Capitalism [12:29] Capitalism.com is one of Ryan’s entrepreneurial ventures and it’s been the vehicle for building the community he’s looking for.
[15:12] Ryan talks about the extraction versus the input mentalities he sees in young entrepreneurs and explains which of them best benefits Capitalism as a model.
Part of why Capitalism.com exists is to change the conversation around entrepreneurship.
Fear and purpose [22:10] Who does Ryan fear the most in this world? He explains the pitfalls of eschewing in opposition to the importance of finding purpose.
[24:44] A 25 year plan is Ryan’s way of harnessing his ability to make good decisions long term. The benefits of long term thinking cannot be overstated.
Ryan is expecting his first boy in December — this led him to an ‘oh! shit’ moment — and it may well be the start of his thought process beyond the 25 year mark and into “post-Ryan”.
Q1 [31:19] Mike asks Ryan about working with very — very — young entrepreneurs. This leads to an interesting conversation about perception.
Q2 [37:17] Kids don’t have any preconceived notions, should it not be easier to make them entrepreneurs? Nature vs nurture: Ryan opens up about what he wants for his own children.
Q3 [40:15] Still want to buy the Indians? Yes, but… there’s a caveat! And this is a multi-part answer on how Ryan has grown and who he has grown into.
Q4 [46:38] John asks what is the impact Ryan wants to have on the world? To be an example. The perception of men and masculinity is of destruction and divisiveness. Masculinity is more about leadership, service and kindness.
Q5 [50:36] Leadership comes with criticism. Is there any way to avoid it or do we have to steel ourselves?
“Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.”
— Credited to André Gide, 1952. Translated to English, 1959 (“Croyez ceux qui cherchent la vérité, doutez de ceux qui la trouvent.”)
Q6 [57:04] How did Ryan lose his religion? In short, the church has a lot of dogmatic people claiming to have found truth and Ryan isn’t done looking for it. But in reality it was a complex, scary and painful journey which may someday become a book.
Q7 [1:02:12] After questioning his faith and losing his religion, where is Ryan today? Ryan offer a vulnerable, honest and very personal answer.
Thanks for listening!
Mentioned in this episode
“Men are trained to shoulder and carry the burden, as well as to do it alone. This is a lie.” — Ryan Daniel Moran
“I just find that I make better decisions the longer term I think, it enables you to factor more things in.” — Ryan Daniel Moran
“Are you here? Am I safe? Do you love me? If you think about it, ever fight you’ve ever had with a woman had its roots in one of these three things.” — Ryan Daniel Moran
“Listen to the man who pursue truth and flee from the man who has claimed to have found it.” — Ryan Moran quoting André Gide
“American Christianity specifically keeps most people from experiencing God that Jesus of Nazareth referenced.” — Ryan Daniel Moran