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Relationship Marketing Weekly: Talk Show Host Edition

This week we feature talk show host Rick Young…  Rick has hosted his talk show, “What’s in Your Hand”, on WHCR 90.3 located in the NYC College Campus in Harlem for the past 11 years. He’s interviewed icons like Les Brown, Ivan Misner, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, Zig Ziglar and pastor and civil rights leader Andrew Young.

Kody Bateman: Hey everybody. This is Kody Bateman. Welcome to our Relationship Marketing Weekly show this week. Very excited for our show. We have an amazing guest on our show today. This guy is a radio show host. I feel like I’m talking to a celebrity here because he has had the opportunity to interview some incredible people over the years.

This gentleman runs a radio show titled “What’s In Your Hand?” on WHCR in Harlem, New York City. The show is about positive motivation, success and personal development. So you’re in for a real treat here today. He has interviewed the likes of Les Brown, Ivan Misner, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, Zig Ziglar and Andrew Young. I tell you, it’s an honor to have this gentleman on our show. Please welcome Mr. Rick Young. Rick, can you hear me?

Rick Young: I can hear you loud and clear, Kody.

Kody Bateman: Oh, it’s great to have you with us Rick. You and I had a chance to visit here recently at one of our Relationship Marketing Summits in Pittsburgh. You came over to Pittsburgh for that and – but I will tell you, what an honor it was to spend time with you Rick. You’re just full of motivation. You made a huge contribution to our event telling some of your stories. So we wanted to make sure that you had opportunity to do that today.

First of all Rick, tell us a little bit about your background. Not only are you a successful radio show host. You’re also a boxer and you’ve had a professional boxing career, highly successful there and you teach boxing. So you do all kinds of stuff to motivate people. So just give us a little bit about your background and how you started this radio show.

Rick Young: Oh, real quick. As far as boxing is concerned, I was a professional boxer. I had 22 matches. I won 18 of them out of 22. I beat two world champions. So I know a little bit about moving around the ring. You want to say something, Kody?

Kody Bateman: Yeah, you mentioned you were going to teach me. I’ve always wanted to learn how to box. I think it’s a great way to stay in shape. So I would love to get up there and have you teach me a couple of things and maybe go a round or two.

Rick Young: Excellent, excellent. It would be a lot of fun. I don’t know if I told you the story. There was a guy by the name of Willie Pep. He was an excellent boxer. He got in the ring. He won a round and a match without throwing a single punch.

Kody Bateman: Wow.

Rick Young: That was his mastery in the ring.

Kody Bateman: So Mr. Defense I guess, huh?

Rick Young: Excellent defense but he so mastered and controlled the environment without even throwing a single punch. That’s incredible. His name was Willie Pep. Look him up.

Kody Bateman: Yeah, that’s great. That’s really cool. So tell us a little bit about your radio show. Like I said, you got – I think on your hat it says “positive attitude”. Is that the hat you have on there? I can’t see it. You got –

Rick Young: That’s the cap I’m wearing right now, PMA.

Kody Bateman: PMA.

Rick Young: PMA, positive mental attitude.

Kody Bateman: Yeah, positive mental attitude and that’s a lot of what your radio show is about. So just share a little bit of how you got started with your radio show.

Rick Young: Well, actually before the radio show came, this thing called “personal development” came and my first – I would say the first person that I saw that was in the industry of personal development was Les Brown. I saw him on television on channel 13 promoting public television and the message that he shared, he says you got to be hungry. He says you got to be hungry. He said you have to go out for your dream night and day. You have to think about it night and day.

He said if you fall down, try to land on your back. If you can look up, you can get up. I said, “Whoa, wait a minute.” I said, “I like that. That’s for me. I like that message.” From there, I heard him talk about Zig Ziglar. He said he was in the audience watching Zig Ziglar speak and he said, “I could do that.” But it took him five years to actually take that step, to get the courage to step on a stage and become a platform speaker.

But I would say, “Wait a minute, this guy is great. Who’s Zig Ziglar?” and then he said he wrote Norman Vincent Peale a letter and he said Norman Vincent Peale wrote him back. I said, “Well this guy is great. Who’s Norman Vincent Peale?” And Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking and of course Zig Ziglar, motivational legend. I’ve got a chance to interview Zig Ziglar as well. So this has been an amazing journey Kody.

Kody Bateman: Wow.

Rick Young: It has been an amazing journey and how I got on the radio is – I was listening to the radio one day and they had a fundraiser. It says if you contributed a certain amount of money, cash to the show, you can produce the show. I heard that and just the personal development in me heard “produce the show”. It just sounded intriguing. I just happened to have the money. I went for it and the rest is history.

Kody Bateman: Wow. Well, yeah, and you’ve been doing that for quite a few years now. How long have you been doing the show now?

Rick Young: I’ve been doing the radio show now for 11 years, authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, artists, people that are doing phenomenal things, people that are using what’s in their hand.

Kody Bateman: Well, I will tell you, I really appreciate the contribution you’re making to society and bringing positivity to the world. Let’s talk a little bit about that. You know, we live in a world of negativity and seems to get worse and worse and so we have a huge responsibility to bring positivity back to the world and you’re doing a great job of that.

But I want you to just share with our audience a little bit. What do we need to do? Like we – just anybody, as individuals. What do we need to do to take charge of our positivity and to be a contributor to positivity back in our society? What kind of things should people be doing?

Rick Young: OK, we’re back.

Kody Bateman: You’re back. Go ahead.

Rick Young: I had a question Kody. What do we need to do to contribute? One of the things is – a lot of things I like to do, I like to use a boxing analogy and one of the things that we as human beings need to know how to do is learn how to fight on the ropes. My boxing teacher Bobby [0:06:59] [Indiscernible] taught me how to fight on the ropes.

A lot of times when people go on the ropes, they’re feeling they’re down and out and they give up. You have to learn how to fight on the ropes, Kody. It’s very important and Bobby taught me how to match in the rope, to actually – ropes could be an advantage if you know what you’re doing. That’s one thing. Remember that. Learn how to fight on the ropes.

The other thing is that what we need to do, we need to take the motivation to the streets. Take it to the streets. One of my goals as far as SendOutCards, I want to do a SendOutCards motivational block party throughout the city, throughout the country, throughout the world. Take it to the streets, Kody. That’s my message.

Kody Bateman: Wow, that’s great. So going back to fighting on the ropes, just elaborate a little bit more on that. I mean I envisioned being backed up to the rope. You’re kind of in a defensive stance when you got the ropes behind you. So just share a little bit about the analogy and how that applies to life.

Rick Young: Well, usually when a guy gets on the ropes, they’re in trouble and the other guy, his opponent, gets a lot of courage. He’s coming after you. He’s trying to get to you. He’s trying to take you out. But if you know how to maneuver on the ropes, how to block, how to move, how to weave, how to slip, how to not get hit, how to catch an opponent coming in, you actually got an advantage. So that difficulty that you might be going through, we look at it as a problem. But like as Napoleon Hill said, every adversity, there’s an equal and greater benefit. So we should actually count the blessing that we’re on the ropes.

Kody Bateman: Boy, I love that. I love that. In fact I could apply that in my own life right now. We all go through challenges and a lot of times it appears that we’re successful and we’re doing all these wonderful things. But all of us deal with challenges and failures and issues that go on.

So I love that concept. It really helped me personally to learn how to fight while you’re up against the ropes because that’s what life is. It’s what life is. It’s not about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and get back up again as Rocky Balboa would say. So – and it’s so true. It’s so true and we all just need to stay true to who we are and live each and every day the best we can and then take it out to the street. Take it to the world. Take the message to the world. Reach out in positivity to other people all the time. Be kind every single day. Those are the kind of things that we need to do.

You know, take charge of that regardless of how we’re feeling. We might feel down one day. We might feel down and out one day or whatever. But we always got to make a – we got to make an effort to – no matter what our mood is, to stay positive and I see that in you. I see that in you. In fact, you were at our recent Relationship Marketing Summit, which is one of the live events we do and you had a pretty unique experience. I had a little exercise where I had people in the audience – and you were in the audience – think about somebody that they needed to send a card to, just a card of gratitude to, and you had a very unique story that took place on that day. Can you share that with us?

Rick Young: Well, actually, I didn’t know that that was going to happen. But the first person I thought about was my general manager, who she opened the door for me and gave me the opportunity to host my own show and I’ve thought about her and I thought about her as a person, as a human being, how wonderful she is and the emotion just got – I couldn’t even get the words out just thinking about her and how – who she is as a person, the loving person that she is, as a general manager, as a leader, as a woman and the emotion just came over me.

Like wow, this lady – and I really care about her. It’s something I really care about. She gave me an opportunity to – pretty soon, I’m going to be hosting over 900 shows Kody. I wouldn’t have one if it wasn’t for this woman.

I mean there are other people that played a part of me getting that show. But she played an amazing part and Kody, 900 radio shows produced, hosted, and engineered.

Kody Bateman: Yeah, that’s amazing, that’s amazing. So talk to us about that emotion. I mean when we have those exercises in those live shows, we’re able to see the emotion in people. I was able to see that emotion that drew out of you by doing this experience. Tell us how important is that. How important is it for human beings to feel that kind of emotion?

Rick Young: Well, I’m telling you, it felt amazing. I mean I was a little embarrassed. You want to be a tough guy. You don’t want to be showing tears in front of people. But, you know, it felt good too to be able to open up like that and share and show that you have love and you care for – there are people that you love and you care for. That was a good feeling. That was amazing and sometimes we have to do that and I’m sure that all of us – and I hope that we have people that we care and we love and we can express that love to – I think that’s what SendOutCards is all about too, sharing and expressing our love.

Kody Bateman: Yeah, no question about it. Also too one of the things that I noticed is that when we have experiences like that and it’s usually – if you act on a prompting and reach out in gratitude to another human being, a lot of times it will spark that emotion and when you’re feeling that emotion, you cannot have any other emotion but that. You cannot feel hate. You can’t feel at odds. You can’t be upset. You can’t be anything but that positive, incredible vibrational energy that comes from that emotion and that’s why I think it’s so important that we do things in our life that bring that emotion up because when that emotion comes up, it kind of gets rid of all the riffraff that keeps coming in on us every day, all the negative stuff that goes on.

So I tell you, it has just been an honor to be able to get to know you and looking forward to getting to know you better, Rick. I think we got a lot of work to do together. I always like to end the show by giving you the platform, final couple of words, a couple of minutes of wisdom from Rick Young. So just share with us what our listeners need to hear right now.

Rick Young: Wow. Kody, have you ever heard of the long-handle spoon story?

Kody Bateman: No, I have not.

Rick Young: Oh my god. Well, here we go. Listen to this. I will not consider myself the most religious person in the world. I’m a believer. I do believe. I’m a believer. But I want to share this story with you. It’s called the “Long-Handle Spoon Story”.

So Kody, one day a man said to God, “God, I would like to know what heaven and hell are like.” God showed the man two doors. Inside the first one in the middle of the room was a large round table with a large pot of stew. It smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water. But the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

God said, “You have seen hell.” Behind the second door, the room appeared exactly the same. There was a large round table with a large pot of wonderful stew that made the man’s mouth water. But people had long-handle spoons and were well-nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, “I don’t understand.” God smiled. “It’s simple.” He said, “Love only requires one skill. These people learned early on to share and feed one another while the greedy only think of themselves.”

Kody Bateman: Wow. There you have it my friends. There’s no better way to end this show than to have a story like that, coming from a good friend Mr. Rick Young. I tell you, we’re just honored to have you a part of this. Love to have you part of our shows in the future and I appreciate you very much. So for all of you who are listening in, we appreciate you being here. Stay tuned for another episode next week on our Relationship Marketing Weekly show. Make sure you tell all your friends about this incredible show here today.

Technology was a little challenge today but your message came out loud and clear, Rick, and everybody needs to hear that. The back up against the ropes and the story about the spoons up in heaven. It’s all about helping each other. It’s all about staying the course. It’s all about even when you’re down, you get back up again and you just keep going in positivity. Love that hat that you have on, PMA, positive mental attitude and it resonates from the core of your being, my friend. So take care everybody. I appreciate you. Rick, thanks again. Take care now.

Rick Young: All right. See you at the top!

Kody Bateman: Bye now.

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