Michael Ricchio Interview – Dad’s Guide To Thrive

Welcome to Dad’s Guide To Thrive – an interview series where I’ll be having deep, open, vulnerable chats with Dads in business, leadership, entrepreneurship – all about what fathers are struggling with and how they’re managing themselves, energy, emotions, relationships, etc.

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There Are No Accidents

There are no accidents. Me popping into your inbox right this moment, you reading this post wherever you are, the weather where you live, that person who just phoned out of the blue… There. Are. No. Accidents. How do I

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The Power of Discomfort

I’ve been learning a lot this past 12 months – about myself, my habits, my patterns, and what lights me up inside. What it means to live my best Illuminating Life. But I’ve also been learning about the things that

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Beginnings and Endings.

It’s the time of year where many of us start reflecting—almost automatically—on the year that has been, and the year ahead. In other words, focusing on endings and beginnings. Many artists through time have commented on the coupled nature of

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Anything you love

“Anything you love comes around in another form.” – Rumi For weeks, now, I’ve been waking up around 4am. It happened again this morning, and since this is an unusual pattern for me, I started digging. I remembered a long

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Keep moving forward.

“Keep moving forward.” It’s week 3 of COVID-19 home-school. Our lives have been both simplified and complicated. Our business feels like it’s in stasis, yet we have rarely felt busier. I have been forced to slow down, yet also feel

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You have permission to do nothing

You have permission to do nothing. Pause, for a moment, and consider that. Truly let yourself feel the depth of that statement. You have permission. Permission to simply be, without doing anything. This morning I woke at 5:30am for some yoga.

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We are all exactly where we need to be.

Today’s quote is an abridged version of my wife’s favourite mantra: “The Universe delivers, and I am exactly where I need to be.” It came to me this morning, as I was doing yoga before dawn. As the light slowly

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You are not alone.

As you will probably know by now, if you’ve read a few of these IQs, I have a history of depression. It has touched my life at various points through my youth, studying at University, during my first career in

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Break the rules.

A dear friend of mine made a suggestion yesterday about rules. A quick snip of his text message: “…Re the IQs, I read something about setting rules. Just drop those and do them when you feel like it.” On reflection,

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If the path be beautiful

“If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.” – Anatole France Inspired by the fact that the sun’s reflection looks like a solid path stretching across the water, today’s IQ is about two things for me:

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Take the Leap

Boundary conditions. Interesting things happen on the edges. At the threshold between current and future, on the precipice of possibility. The cutting edge; or even nearer to peril, the bleeding edge. As we approach the boundary of what we know,

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Empower yourself.

“Empower Yourself.” I made an important discovery yesterday, with the help of my new psychologist. Yes, I’ve started seeing a psychologist. I figured that since I’ve got a history of depression, and since I’ve recently begun a new unplanned adventure

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Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal

“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” – Wayne Dyer It took me such a long time to create this

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Nothing is so strong as gentleness

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, nothing so gentle as real strength.” – Saint Francis de Sales In today’s world, I believe there’s often a strong expectation to push ourselves, work hard, go faster, be better, do more, achieve extra,

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Every sunrise is an invitation

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone’s day.” – Jhiess Krieg Have you ever gone to bed with a pit of dread in your stomach? That was me last night. Just before I closed my

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Be willing to be a beginner

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” – Meister Eckhart Something I struggle with regularly is this idea that I’m the sum of everything I have done so far in my life, but I’m also the sum of everything

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Pause.

I am pushing the “PAUSE” button on my writing. I want to write this book, but right now I am fighting it (and it is fighting me) every single day. I know why, but I also know that I am

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Trudging Through.

I am simply putting one foot in front of the other right now. I’m not sure if I’m enjoying the ride/writing. I am beginning to wonder if I might be better served by dedicating extended blocks of time to my writing, and

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Finding Positivity, Despite Myself.

Well, true to form, I crashed and burned for a reasonable chunk of today. We packed the bus and drove, and I was really tired. Writing time came around at 9pm tonight instead of my recent starts of 10:30pm or

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The Real Fight Is Internal.

You may have noticed that this blog reads like a tug of war, or a rollercoaster ride. I’ve noticed that I’m oscillating between two versions of myself: The guy who loves to write and is so excited to have the

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Rain In My Soul.

I really didn’t want to write tonight. But, turtle steps and all that. So I wrote a few hundred words, picked a picture of a storm, and posted a blog. Job done. Back to the book I’m reading, and back

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