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Have you ever been backed into a corner with nowhere to go?
Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned. You pursue your passion, only to be met with endless obstacles and no hope of success.
In times like those, you need to improvise, adapt, and pivot in order to thrive.
After studying music production, Ryan Bartlett slipped into a “starving musician” lifestyle, playing piano at restaurants 7 days a week to feed himself.
After 2 years, he found himself flat broke and searching for a different career. He had hit rock bottom with nowhere to go but up, so he took a job at an SEO agency.
Ryan quickly realized that the true value in helping a business grow was having the ability to drive traffic directly to their website. He became immersed in the industry of SEO, internet marketing, and PPC.
After 2 years on the grind, he left his job to start his very own company – SEO Direct. His mission: To invest genuine care into every business he worked with. The foundation of SEO Direct was (and still is) Trust, Transparency and Value. A decade later SEO Direct is now one of the most reputable digital marketing agencies in LA.
In late 2019 he started another venture with his two partners: True Classic. A men’s apparel company that focused on producing high quality, fitted t-shirts at a reasonable price. In 2020, they scaled the company 3000% and went from doing 673 orders/month to over 60k orders/month with a mission to build tiny homes for homeless veterans.
In this episode of the Rock Your Money, Rock Your Life, Ryan and I discuss how he went from a starving musician to the CEO of an 8-figure business, the struggles he faces as a full time entrepreneur, and why he formed a passion to help get veterans off the streets and into homes.