Ranard Brown How I Was Made

How I Was Made

Ranard Brown, MBA

Lifestyle & Memory Maker

I help people turn their dreams into realities. Wishes become plans. Plans are executed. Memories are made!

Ranard Brown, THINK IT. PLAN IT. DO IT.

I TURN DREAMS INTO MEMORIES!

Opportunities Don’t Happen. You Create Them!

People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.

From Creating Chaos to Creating Memories

1976
Born in Buffalo, NY
1976-1983
Life in the Eastside of Buffalo, NY
Gang infested area where gun violence, robberies, drug dealing, and fights happened everyday. I had to fight in order to survive & prevent future fights. Fun times when you're 4 to 7 yrs. old.
1985
From Eastside to Friendships & Trust
Moved to safer place. Developing meaning of friendships & trust.
1986-1994
Life In Amherst, NY
Enjoying my life skateboarding, smoking cigarette, drinking, girls, bars, high school dancing. Good times. Came at a price. I focused on making money, heavy into sales, and finally dropped out of high school.
1995-2000
Getting My Shit Together
I now believe anything is possible. MOVE! Discovered a passion for business from my "Rich Dad." I obtained a GED, Associate & a BA in Psychology. Joined an Investment firm as a computer tech but quickly became a Keynote Speaker. Presented & personally was a short term trader specializing in stocks, options, technical analysis. Traveled the country every week with great people. Mentored by a great business owner, PH.D in Mathmatics from MIT and successful Investor. First video series on Technical trading, options and trade psychology was created. SOLD like crazy.
2001-2002
THIS IS WHO I AM!
Buried my best friend. Moved to Charlotte, NC. Met the girl who became my wife. 9/11 hit and I was like F**K this traveling. Need to develop plan-B. The Stock People idea was born. Quit my investment speaking job.
2002-2005
Started new company, wrote a book, automated my life
Started The Stock People. Developed a HUGE following. (VERY GRATEFUL) complete website, marketing, sales material, paid newsletters, CD-courses, seminars and workshops throughout the country. Big victory was writing a book, getting it printed, and put online for selling in less than 1 month. Married in 2003.
2005-2006
A new nightmare
Business was thriving. Approached by Investment firm to acquire. BAD MOVE. Did not read fine print. Shame on me. Didn't realized they owned me. I left before contract ended. Became institutional trader for company. Bad decision. Sued for $100k. Suffered 5th concussion. Traumatic Brain Injury. Very serious.
2006-2008
I am in serious trouble
The brain injuries became too much. Forced to quit job, stop doing jiu-jitsu, drop out of MBA program. Wife has to support us. I can't add 1+1. Lost my ability to speak. Unable to function. Doctors (Neurosurgeon, NeuroPsychologist, and primary care doctor advised they can't help me. Too bad of an injury. I'm fucked!
2008-2010
If it's to be, then it's up to me!
To hell with all the doctors. I became obsessed with getting my life back and better. Simple web searches too 20-40min. Even hours to read. I quickly forgot what I read. I figured out how to repair and heal my brain. It was through my body. Intense lifestyle change. Organic everything, high quality supplementation, meditation, exercising, weight-loss, removed all stress causing people and activities. Simplified life and automated EVERYTHING to streamline my thinking and reduce errors. Became a Professional bikini fashion photographer who photographed Maxim, FHM and Playboy models. Traveled around Europe, Mexico and the states for assignments. I completed my MBA program in 2010. Back on the mats doing Jiu-Jitsu. Said screw it. I'm off to Italy. First son born. Damn wine! Unable to work at previous capacity. I started The Resource People. Building website, SEO, logos, etc. Decided to open Gracie Lake Norman to train jiu-jitsu with longtime buddy. Financial pressures were there, but screw it. It's on!
2012
On the upswing
Developing professionally. Finished MBA in 2010. 2nd son was born. Realized I'm great managing multiple projects. Recruited by COO of "Big Bank" to run technology effort. The Resource People, wife, kids, jiu-jitsu, corporate IT Consulting gig are all moving along. No issues.
2013
I create my destiny
2 kids, 2 businesses, 1 consulting contract, constant travel around the states and internationally. Left my longtime friend, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructor Royce Gracie after 14 years. Lost literally all my training partners, friends and distant associates. I dance to different music. I know my purpose, passions, likes, dislikes. I realized I can leave anyone and everyone if they are not conducive to my development.
2014-Current
You should be here!
Became a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt under 7th Degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Corel Belt Luiz Palhares. Increased my traveling schedule. Training is in full swing. Health is on point. ZERO signs of brain issues. Faster and better than ever. Lost 30 lbs. Upgraded my lifestyle. 27 years as a vegetarian. Became the go-to IT & Business Consultant by "Big Banks and businesses to execute projects and programs of all sizes and profiles. Traveled to 6 countries in 10 days. Put 5000 miles on car with a great buddy. Took 1st place Gold in the prestigious IBJJF Zurich Open in the Master Black Belt division. Became 1st degree Black Belt. Decided I'm best when I'm helping others. I'm going to start a Lifestyle Coaching Business. This makes my heart sing.

Enjoy your life regardless of circumstances

10% is what happens to you. 90% is how you deal with it.