Very few times in life will I ever work hard, pour my heart into something, succeed and walk away.
Since the summer of 2007 when I launched Winglight Productions (only to be re-branded as just Richard Dedor), I have been working my ass off to make it as a speaker and consultant. in that time, I have worked for a lot of different organizations doing what I love.
I have spoken at a high school student athlete conference (as their closing keynote):
I have shared the stage with leading international educators at NAFSA.
I have spoken at a TEDx event.
This summer I made a promise to myself that I was going to go all on this dream and if I couldn’t make it, then it was time to “hang it up.”
It’s a tough feeling knowing that I love helping people achieve their dreams through speeches and writings, and those will always be a part of me. But in life, there comes a time when you just know the reality will not end up matching the dream.
The beautiful part is that it is okay. It is okay that I didn’t make it the way I thought I would. It’s okay because I was (and am) a speaker.
I got to open and close conferences. I got to speak and share my passions with hundreds upon hundreds of people of all backgrounds and professions.
I leave with no regrets and my head held high. Not everyone can say that.
Thank you for your support and your love. I will still be around. I am still planning some big things in other areas of my life so stay tuned. In the meantime, FOCUS will continue even if I don’t post it here on the site.
Again, thank you for this journey. It has been an honor and a privilege.
Anything is possible!