Introducing our new VP of Business Development, Ryan Hutto
A while back, my wife came back from a coaching intensive where many of the top coaches came together for training and she told me about one of the games they played. It was something about “tell me what you most don’t want me to know about you” and they shared that exact thing with one another. Here were a bunch of ultra successful coaches sharing their most deepest secrets and epic “failures.” As I sit here thinking of what I might share in this blog, I thought of that “game” and how much more common it is to share our wins, successes, and the great things we’ve done in life. I even reflect on how social media has made it more mainstream to accumulate “likes.”
I was going to share with you all the accolades I’ve received and the companies I’ve helped transform during my career. I was going to share impressive numbers and statistics and amounts of money I helped companies earn. I was going to be smart and witty and convince you that I was “good enough” to take over the VP of Business Development position at David Couper Consulting.
What is present for me, in this moment, is to let you in…to say “hello,” this is me and allow you to get to know me a bit. On the surface, one might think I have the picture perfect life and that everything has always gone my way. I am educated, have a beautiful family, and I’m a pretty happy guy. But, you would only know a part of who I am if we stopped there. My wife and I fell in love and we bought our first home in Los Angeles and lost it a few years later after she was let go from her job. At this point, we had a toddler and a baby on the way. Our life seemed to quickly unravel and spin out of control: the IRS audited us for three years in a row, we became entangled in two legal battles, and we depleted every retirement account we had, just to put food on the table and get by. At one point, we contemplated living in our RV. Nothing seemed to be going my way. I worked long hours. I was sleep deprived. I was unhappy. And it was very clear to me: I was not living the American Dream.
There was a point where it seemed as though we had lost everything we ever worked for. And it didn’t seem like it was ever going to get better. I was suffocating from the pressure and stress of my life.
My wife and I knew we needed a change. We worked on our outlook and made a deep commitment to reframing all of our obstacles as “opportunities” (and it helps that we both have our M.A.s in Spiritual Psychology). We began, truly, looking at the lessons in our experiences. If it had to be hard, we didn’t also need to make it painful. It was easy to see that my deepest opportunities for growth and transformation always came from what I had viewed as “obstacles” and I knew that something very powerful was coming into play in my life. From this place, I was able to co-create this next chapter of my life with intention and clarity. It was a very difficult and growth-filled time in my life, and I’m grateful for having gone through the challenges so that I can come out on the other side more present, more aware, and more engaged in my own life. I was humbled. I can never go back to my life as it was before: working 70+ hours a week, disconnected and married to our bills.
At DCC, it is such an honor to work with companies and their executives to bring lasting, transformational executive coaching and training so that their employees and companies can truly thrive. I know what it’s like to walk in the dark and blame others for my experiences. I also know what it’s like to step out of the dark and into the light, my light. At DCC, I am now living my ultimate dream and fulfilling my purpose to serve others.
Written by Ryan Hutto, M.A., champion of transformational leadership, sales development at fortune 500 companies, and currently the VP of Business Development at David Couper Consulting.