Ryan says he wasn't the strongest, fastest or the tallest growing up—but he always worked the hardest. "I knew I could control one thing, and that is my time and my hours and my effort and my efficiency," he says. "I would get up and go to high school. After high school, I would play sports—not great at them—but I would play sports, and then I would go to a radio station and intern until midnight at night and then get up and do it again."

Though his mom, Conni, worried about how much sleep he lost, Ryan says he learned much of his work ethic from his parents. "My parents would always have us, as many times as we could, sit together for dinner and talk about what was happening in our lives, and so we created a great recipe where I could be completely honest with my mother and to an extent my father, being an attorney," he says. "That really helped me as a kid feel comfortable and confident to do what it is that I wanted to do."

"He used to say he didn't want to be an attorney like his dad because his dad worked too many hours," Conni says. "And then look at this."


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