24 Questions with Rene Rodriguez


Keynote speaker / CEO / TEDX x2


1. What does thriving mean to you?

When you are fully utilizing your gifts to make this world a better place. I truly believe we all have gifts and that our purpose is to put those gifts to use for good.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?

Purpose. When I am clear as to “why” I am doing something, everything else becomes easy.

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?

Perfectionism. It is the killer of execution.

4. How do you deal with challenging times?

I go back to the basics and remind myself why I am on this earth and who I am here to serve. It is so easy to lose sight of our purpose. When I can get clear on my purpose, I am able to orient myself to highest value activity and I am able to let go of what doesn’t matter to focus on what does.

5. What was an embarrassing/painful moment you can share?

I was leading a day long workshop and I guess I had a huge rip in my pants. I mean huge, all the way down the leg. Finally someone came up on a break ¾ of the way through the day and said “hey, great workshop, learning a lot. Oh, you have a huge rip in your pants and you’ve been standing like Captain Morgan all day…”

6. What did you learn recently?

My good friend Dave Savage shared a concept called OODA LOOP. The OODA loop is the cycle observe–orient–decide–act, developed by military strategist and United States Air Force Colonel John Boyd. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the operational level during military campaigns. I use it to be more decisive. It is said that the people and companies who “OODA Loop” the fastest are the most nimble and most successful.

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?

I was 22 years old neck deep in learning as much as I could about adult learning, facilitations, change management, speaking, influence, conflict resolution, and how to manage difficult change. I was eager, hungry to learn, had big dreams, a little scared for sure, and very driven.

8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?

I stopped waiting for permission. This was huge for me. I spent so much of my time and energy appeasing others that I would often set aside my needs. When I stopped being a victim and started taking responsibility, that is when things started to change.

9. Whats the one resource you would recommend?

Your network. I don’t think people utilize their network enough. I strongly believe in feeding your network every day. Learn what they need and give it to them. If you do that enough and are consistent, you will find that almost anything you need is within reach. Feed your network and it will take care of you.

10. What is your favourite quote or motto?

Adversity does NOT build character. It reveals it. -Emerson

11. What are your top VALUES?


12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?

20 AMPLIFII Workshops | 75 Speaking Engagements | Book

13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?

I would want to stress the importance of the little things in life. Hard work, Discipline. Learning. Being kind. The Gold Rule. Learning how to sell or persuade. Eating healthy. Exercise. By mastering these basics in life, one can achieve higher levels of success.

14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?

My first guest would be my mother. She is the reason that I do what I do. My inspiration for learning about how the brain works and applying it to leadership, change, influence, and sales.

15. What are you thankful for?

Besides my amazing boys I am thankful for choices and opportunity. I believe we all have choices and that opportunity is everywhere. We just have to prepare and look for it.

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?

The moments of adversity they are experiencing are like a currency when they get older. The stories they will be able to tell. Their ability to relate and empathize with people will be stronger. All that is possible IF they choose to learn and grow from the adversity. Then anything is possible.

17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?

Doing my last TEDx talk. I was able to talk about a subject very dear to me. I felt prepared and at ease. Much more at ease than my first TEDx Talk.

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?

What do you call a man with a rubber toe? Roberto

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?

Shallow relationships. I don’t have the energy for them. I want to grow and push myself into new heights. See what I am capable of accomplishing. Deep relationships challenge me to be better. Shallow ones are a waste of time and such the life out of me.

20. What rule should we be breaking?

Any rule that holds you back from going after your dreams.

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

Visit Cuba. I get so emotional thinking about it and just need to make the time to go there.

22. What is an important step one can take to shift from SURVIVING to THRIVING?

Stop living life on the defensive or playing not to lose and start getting offensive in strategy. Be proactive and take responsibility for your life and success. I tell my kids this all the time…”if you take full responsibility for your failures, you have earned the right to never have to apologize for your success.”

23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?

Sam Parker, CEO of MyCreditGuy.com – He has such an incredible story.

24. How can people connect with you?