“Believe in yourself that what you have is valuable”
Dr. Veronica Anderson, Host, Functional Medicine Specialist and Medical Intuitive interviews Randick Chance on how to Find Your True Purpose and Monetize Your Skills.
Do you want to find your life purpose? Randrick Chance is a U.S. Navy veteran, Author, Speaker, Pastor, and Lifestyle Coach. He has transitioned from the military to civilian life and pursued another rewarding career field – humanitarian relief.
During the show, he will talk about the spiritual transformation he experienced which serving his country. He will share how he found rose from rock bottom to find his life purpose. Listen to the end for creative ways to monetize your skills.
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70: Show Notes
Dr. Veronica Anderson’s Links
Monetize Your Skills – Randrick Chance
02:10 – Joining the Navy and a nonprofit
03:49 – Spiritual transformation
06:30 – Serving humanity
10:44 – Finding your true purpose
18:30 – Getting up after failure
20:25 – Creative ways to monetize your skills
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Dr. Veronica: So here we are at another episode for the Wellness Revolution my dog ………. is with me today but I also have a gentleman who was in the US Navy. Today we are going to talk about life purpose. Why are we talking about life purpose on your health? Because a lot of people when you are unhappy and you are not fulfilling your life purpose you feel like what am I here for? And it’s one of the top questions that people have but once you figure out what you believe you should be doing it how do you put it into action.
So Randrick Chance or we call him just Chance because he is used to the military background is my guest today and we are going to talk about putting your life purpose into action because this is where the rubber meets the road. So Randrick thanks a lot for being on the Wellness Revolution. Just give us a little bit about your background because I think we all find military background fascinating, we all respect it. We don’t want people to be out fighting wars but we do respect people who have decided to serve. So tell us a little bit about, I know you are also from an island, a Caribbean island, so that’s exciting. So how did you end up from the Caribbean Island in the US Navy?
Randrick: Dr. Veronica it’s wonderful to be on your show, this is awesome, I like your tribe and what you are doing and what you stand for, what you represent. I was born and raised in a beautiful Caribbean Island called St. Vincent, very small Island but I think you should check it out, especially if you are from the cold region in this country. So I came to the US in about 96, thereabout and of course my dad, my mum was pretty much here in the US and that’s an opportunity. My main goal was to come here and to get an education like most people do but one of the things that scared me out of the wits was the amount of student loan I needed to take out.
So I learned about the Navy and that they will be able to pay for your tuition and so forth and that was all I needed. I didn’t understand anything about the military but it was a wonderful experience, I got to travel to many different countries and the military really gave a foundation and started me on having co-values like honor, courage and commitment. I still live by those Navy co-values today. So I spent exactly seven years and seven months in the Navy ……… 0:03:09.1 and I got out because at that time, I only went I would say like a spiritual transformation and I kind of wanted to serve more and wider and at a deeper more intrinsic level.
So when I got out in 2005 I joined a non-profit in Huntsville Alabama and I did that again for another seven year surprisingly and I was able to travel all over the world. We have travelled now to over twenty five different countries primarily in Africa, Southern Africa too as well. We help, we do a lot of outreach, we train young people in service oriented projects and so forth and whatnot. That’s the little bit of my journey there.
Dr. Veronica: So you are an entrepreneur but a humanitarian entrepreneur. So talk a little bit about, you said I had a spiritual transformation. What does that mean? Give us a little bit of background about that spiritual transformation.
Randrick: And that part of my big why by the way of people wonder, you an entrepreneur and why are you doing that stuff. But I think I had two perspectives, once I got out of the military and joined this non-profit I got I think I am a rounded person now because of having these two worlds I guess I can now blend as one corporate and non-profit that’s more intrinsic.
So, yeah, I grew of course like many people in a religious home and everything like that but I kind of got away from those kinds of roots. I would say there came a point in the military where I think I was lost I would say in myself. I was just living the way everyone else was living and I was kind of just wasting money, I was behind on my dreams, behind on my goals, the reason to why I went into the service. So those types of things. I did well, I excelled, I got swift promotions for my age, I was one of the youngest for my rank on the ship where I was stationed in Guam but at the same time me personally my identity was being eroded.
So it took me on a journey of reading and studying for about three years and then I found that to be where I got connected with what I truly believed what I value in life. I called for me God, I understood him for myself rather than just what I was taught, I got a better understanding for me. So I said “you know what, I believe that this is more in line with what I am called to do and to be so I want to be able to serve, I love serving the country, I love all that the military stood for and stands for today and what it taught me”. But for me I wanted to help serve people in a different way. I wanted to help humanity as it were, yes, humanitarian. And that gave me the greatest fulfillment ever, I mean, truly, I just don’t know. And I find many people are still struggling to discover their purpose but at sometimes that is what we can talk about. We have to check back a little bit and start thinking seriously about where we are going, what are our values.
Dr. Veronica: Ok, so you said, I wanted to help humanity and a lot of people say I want to help people, I want to serve people and that’s so big and non-specific. So what does serving humanity look like for you specifically? And then I want to talk a little bit about how you horned in on figuring out exactly what you want to do. So what does it look like for you, serving humanity?
Randrick: For me specifically it’s twofold, one is I like to help the poor, the less fortunate because growing up as well in the Caribbean we were poor but I really didn’t understand poverty truly. Even though we were happy, we were super excited, we did what we do well in school. But when I went to Africa in 2007 that really just changed my whole view of poverty, I am like we weren’t poor. I mean, we didn’t have everything we needed but we were not truly poor because I saw poverty up real. I saw the difference that money can make where we are just not giving people money but we are empowering them to change their lives to be able to be self reliant and not only that but in certain parts of Southern Africa they have a saying where you know Africans don’t volunteer or give back. And so we were able to change that stigma with some of some of the young people.
We have trained over one thousand young people. We take students from the US, from the university where we are at in Alabama and we would go to these places like two months sometimes and we would just serve, we would do health, medical programs and these types of things but when we leave those places we empower those youth and we continue to support them and fund them as much as they are able to expand. So we don’t have to keep going back to those areas because it takes more money for someone to go from the US than for these locals to do the work themselves.
So that what it looks like for me. On the other level now is for me to help other people to discover their true gift things and their true passions because I know that if we love and are happy with what we are doing even if the money might not be there but we can bring some kind of balance to both making money and being fulfilled. And I think I have found that kind of symmetry.
Dr. Veronica: So I understand about serving, obviously I am a physician but I had a practice that was very big and successful but how people found me was basically look me up on their insurance …… and they would go over to my office because I took their insurance. That wasn’t very fulfilling to me I wanted people to come to me because they thought I was good and I was liked with.
Well, I switched careers and how I end up doing shows and people see me all over the place, on TV and on radio and everything like that. Once you leave where people have to decide they know, like and trust you and decide to make an investment and it’s not just a oh, you take my insurance, the whole game changes.
So the goal is still to help people, it’s just I don’t help people in the same way so you have got to find me and so people say how did you end up doing what you do? Because people have to know who I am and find me and know the services I provide. So, you have a little bit advice about how people find you. I know you are a bestselling author and number one bestselling author. I am a three times bestselling author which quite interestingly is something I don’t talk about a whole lot in my health career because my books are about entrepreneurship and business not necessarily about health. I am in the process of writing my first health book now, we are going to make that a number one too. But I found that switching from the model of people just come to me because of some past relief resistance, two, people have to know, like and trust me, it was all about putting a particular message out there.
I was so good at putting the message out there people started asking me about how do you put the message out there and how do you get found and how do you build the business from where you are to where you are now that I started teaching some of the principles to other people and realized, you know, I have got this, I am good and I have studied it, like I went through medical school.
So talk a little bit about you doing humanitarian work, you are helping the world in a different way but you help also other people figure out their purpose. So let’s talk a little bit about your process of helping people find their purpose.
Randrick: And it’s not just simply do what you love, I mean, that’s a big part of it but sometimes even that requires a journey and, you know, I believe that whatever we go through in life is not just wasted because honestly for some people it happens differently. I don’t want it to happen that way. For example some people might have an accident or life threatening disease and that was their wake up moment. But I say if that’s what it took and you actually got awakened, hey, you know what, be happy and thankful for that. But I think if we consciously decide that we want to change, so for me it starts first with a decision, deciding that this is where I am, I don’t really like that, this is where I want to be. And so then I take a simple process, I call it IPR process, input plus process equals results.
Many people want to get to a certain destination but I say yes we have to consider the destination but what is the process we are willing to go through. Like you are a physician, many people want to get healthy, many people want to be well but sometimes we don’t want to take the process that you recommend or the system that might help to get them there. There are many ways to that but at the same time what I figured, like for example going to exercise, we all know we need to do that but again it’s just difficult to get ourselves to do that because of mindsets and beliefs.
So I say find a system, find a process that you can get through this and they are many like what you are teaching. You have many different perspectives than most people out there which again I commend you because with your background, your credentials, your pedigree that’s a movement shaker right there, that’s like really stepping outside the box. And so I know, I watched a video as well and I am like I know it had to take some serious courage.
Dr. Veronica: That’s funny, you just said I know it had to take some serious courage. And so being the doctor was the easy part and people say oh my god, it’s so hard to be a doctor and the courage to step out and do it differently and then speak about some of my unique abilities which some people consider wo wo was so very hard for me. It was very hard to be courageous and to actually say here is how I really I can help people. That’s my medical intuitive side which I realized that this is really a co-genius and a co-talent for me. Did it take you time from military background and everybody understands to I am going to help the world and teach people how to help poor people?
Randrick: Interestingly like you say, I think it’s always going to be something that requires some courage at some point because I guess many people in your tribe might be people who are already like influential or they might have status in the world as we say or corporate and for those individuals I know it’s really is hard going against the pedigree or the grind.
So for me, it even came to a point where I had to stop telling people that I was getting out of military because when I decided to do it I was getting resistance, they are like man, you just got promoted and now you can be this, you don’t have to work as much, you just give orders and so I am like wow. I felt like what’s going on in here, I thought you guys will be happy for me.
So after a while I just cut it out and I just said that’s it, I am just going to pursue what I believe. And everything didn’t fall in line but like I said once I start taking the initial steps towards that. I didn’t work for seven months, first time I really since I begun working in my adult that I have ever been broke. I went down to less than zero in my life and you know what, it was a great experience. So I tell people, I say, that was one experience that even helped me to fall more deeper in love with my wife because she stood by me during those months and period because I was pursuing what I believe to be true. She didn’t give me, you know, hey man, you are supposed to be the man in the house, you are supposed to be working, taking care of us.
Dr. Veronica: That was going on in your head and probably wasn’t going on in her head. So you had to fight that going on in you to be able to trust your wife. I understand that, my husband has been through a career transition which is very hard for him because to get to the point where there is nothing in the bank account and your particular bank account and you have to say baby I need some money. That’s very difficult to be able to do when on the other side to be the wife to be able to step back and not like say anything, not necessarily give the advice to basically, say ok, sure baby here it is and no judgment or anything and not coach. Wives want to coach their husbands, husbands want to coach their wives. …….. 0:17:17.8 and not coach and then the husband will realize you know, we are partners that I have to depend and we said for better or for worse and this is it for worse, this is … worse to be able to do that, it’s very humbling isn’t it?
Randrick: It really is but like I said the appreciation level went up so high and again the Navy co-values again where we would get in touch with what do we truly believe and value on our courage commitment because even to step out, even though I learned those values I had to say do I have the courage to actually leave the military? Do I have the courage to actually pursue, not only that would I do it with integrity. I didn’t want to leave with bad stain, I mean, I got the highest possible discharge and everything like that but I didn’t leave with any bad blood either. I just said after a while no more of that.
So deciding and then having the courage and honor, honor your values, honor your heart, honor what you believe in and just go forward. Once you take the first step other steps will appear. Sometimes we want the big picture but we have to start taking.
So I did not know it was going to unfold like that until in 2007 I went overseas to Zimbabwe and I just fell in love with Africa, just every year I want to go, I just kept going. And so I wouldn’t say that would have been my original plan but it’s in line with what I wanted to do and that is what set me on the road to where I am today.
Dr. Veronica: So you talk about oh my gosh it didn’t just appear and there was that time it sounds like it was dark when you had to jump from what you were doing which was a very stable situation that you could have done to whenever, whenever you decided you wanted to retire and then you jumped and there was nothing there. And usually it’s the time that you jump that people ……. 0:19:18.7 people say, god will catch you. But no, it gets dark and you smack the ground and it hurts. Tells us a little bit about that smacking the ground and how you got up, dusted off and kept going and knew, demonstrated true faith when after you smack the ground you were supposed to smack the ground and move forward
Randrick: And that’s true you are making it like that, you know, take a leap and the stuff will appear here, it doesn’t always appear. But one thing I learned, what got me through those times to help get up really is, there is a saying, I don’t remember exactly where I heard it but it pretty much says when you don’t know what to do, do what you know to do. So if you don’t know what to do well, what do you know what to do at this point and just follow that. So again my biggest thing because my self-image was tied a lot to finances, you know, that’s the reality. So not having money to me was really the dark moment and my lowest because I just couldn’t see myself here I am as an adult, I am supposed to be successful, I was driving this kind of car and that kind of stuff and now I don’t have none of that, man, I can’t even pay my bills. And so that was humiliating, it was humiliating but what kept me going again was I know I made a decision, Chance if you have made a decision you are going to stick by it because it’s true, it’s good, you are not harming nobody, you actually want to help people. So you are not doing anything that is a crime, you are following what you truly believe.
And that support group at that time it was really just my wife, but I find people, you have to find like minded people who believe, who will treasure you, who will have to uplift you and just go around them even for a word, call up somebody and say “right now I am down, just tell me something”.
Dr. Veronica: I want to switch over a little bit to the practical. You talk about creative ways of monetizing your skills today and that’s what we all want to know. We have skills, how can we actually monetize our skills quickly versus losing a lot of money? I have done it, I know most of my …… friends have done it but there are some people who figure out how to monetize their skills. Talk a little bit about that, that’s your co-genius.
Randrick: I think what happens is again when people figure out this quite though because if we are not in line with who we truly want to be, because you can be monetizing but monetizing the wrong thing and still be unhappy. I first say monetizing your skill is what are you good at already and it’s easy to look at, at least three ways. Look at your education, experiences and your expertise. Experience is for example is like I had an experience in the military, I call it the spiritual transformation, that enlightenment period where is finally boom I got this light and so that took me on a different tangent to earn money in a different way but now with a stronger why. So with this why no one can turn me around.
In your case for example you can monetize your stuff in many ways but this is one of the ways you are using it and the online world is right now one of the best ways that people can monetize their skills. And there are tests that you can do that help you out strengthsfinder 2.0, Kolbe, Miles Briggs, all these different things that can be an assessment. But don’t count out the sound of your heart like that really is the true know as it were to help you to really figure out am I in line with what I want to do.
So everybody has skills, we all do, leverage is the word I just love. So maybe, let’s say someone loves their job, everybody don’t have to leave their jobs but if you leverage your skills can you be able to get out of debt, can you be able to take a vacation, can you be able to sponsor charities or start your own non-profit, these types of things. So that’s why I leverage my skill because again I want to be able to reach beyond, I want to be able to do better things, I want to teach people about health, I am not into health like you are but every Thursday, I am wearing a shirt right now, every Thursday we have classes for people who want to not only lose weight but especially master here and so I bring in different people to teach those classes and I do some of the teaching but not a whole lot.
So monetizing your skills right now, I figure every one of those especially those who are professionals, I think we are leaving money on the table.
Dr. Veronica: But where do we start specifically because people started alright, when I quit my ophthalmology career I was like what am I going to do, I can’t do anything besides being ophthalmologist, that’s what I am trained to do. So give us a big concrete example and I am a doctor so don’t use me because people say you are doctor ……………. Stop using me. There are other people out there who don’t have a skill like doctor behind them, you were in the Navy, that sounds great but what skill and have you monetized exactly? You talked about how you horn in on skills with assessments but then now I know what skills I have what is step one?
Randrick: That’s exactly what I have in my book, Monetize Your Skills, right? I mapped out a seven step process and they all begin with D. So let me try to go through it quick. So the first step is like we say define. First of all you must define what exactly are your gifts and talents right? What do you bring to the table and I give some exercises and some of those things like, you know, take some of these tests if you can figure out but try the three ways, education, expertise, experiences.
So let’s just say now you have gotten that figured out, the next thing now after we have discovered our gifts we define who will benefit from what I know. So if I have expertise in let’s say writing, now I can say ok, there are people who maybe use their dissertations for example for those in academia, they can take that dissertation and turn it into a book, we take that book turn it into a course, we take that course turn into consulting and so forth. And you create a whole system.
So after you define now who exactly will benefit from my particular skill, so you are now going to map out. For me for example, this book I particularly like to deal with professionals and small business owners and those aspiring to be entrepreneurs because I know those people are already on a certain tip and a certain mindset, right? But people who are doing dissertations and master’s thesis I will say why do you have your stuff sitting down in an institution, a university, nobody is really seeing it, it’s just there. You did all that work for it, why don’t you just put it in something that can be a blessing to other people, leverage it, sell it, promote it, consult on it, coach on it, train on it, do whatever. But don’t just let it sit down in a university.
Dr. Veronica: So let’s talk about something that is near and dear in our heart is writing a book or being part of a book, one of the biggest ways, I think eighty percent of the US population says they would like to write a book but we both know that very few people actually bring that desire to fruition.
So talk to people a little bit about writing a book and how it happens and most of the times the book stay in people’s heads. I hear people say I am going to write a book, I am going to get there I need to clear some time but we figure out a quick and simple way that they actually get it done. So talk a little bit about writing a book because I know a lot of people would like to start with their book before they lounge their new vision.
Randrick: Right. And that is step number three. Step number three is really about designing now your product offering, your system, your book, your course, whatever it is. So we take in the book right, so a book to me now is the new business card. A book especially it gives you credibility, it’s the greatest lead generation, it does all of those things because everybody still values a book today and even with e-books out there you still want me to print a book. Even the other day I went to a networking event and I absolutely didn’t take any business cards at all, right? And so I took by books there and from that I already have like four potential customers and so forth. I am supposed to have a speaking engagement this Thursday and then another seminar that is happening into fall because of just that simple strategy of using my book.
So for example, I would like to give examples, this is one of my friends here that I have encouraged him for five years to write a book, right? So, again I say write about what you know, don’t try to write to write something complex, you don’t need a lot of research, you write about what you know. We went through some of the steps that we are familiar with. He wrote his book Light Set on Fire and now you go onto his website what he did to monetize it is that he has a clothing line that goes with this, right? He has created an online course and only that but he recently got a proposal for ten thousand five hundred dollars to be able to do this teaching for one of the neighboring schools where he lived.
This other Ashley, a physician as well, so sorry, here is another physician that I just work with. Now, she had a dream just to write a book like you said and it was not just happening. She saw one of my blogpost online, she took my course on how to write books and I challenged her in the course, I said listen in two weeks you can actually get your stuff done. She did it in six days and in less than a month we were able to take her book, make it a number one bestseller. But, how do we monetize it because again as like I said as a professional she already has a practice but I say, you can add at least an extra six figures without disrupting your business. So we take this book and at the end of this book when people are now getting into her funnel they were to get a DVD package for fifty nine dollars and then she has a monthly program where I say listen, you have, you know, I won’t call how many patients she has, but I say if only three hundred of them get a monthly subscription for twenty nine ninety five, that’s another six figures right there added to your business. And we are also now in the process of taking it to the next level in making it an online course.
So that’s really you can wrap a book around your business or create a whole new business out of a book.
Dr. Veronica: Yes, you and I know the secrets of writing books and writing them quickly and for people out there writing or thinking about writing books I want to say to you one thing, get it done and get it done quick. And don’t write everything you ever knew in life into one book. Most books that people read are eighty pages or less. So if you come out with a really big big book like this nobody is going to read it. If you have ten chapters and it’s eight hundred pages you need that to be ten different books and you need to think of it like that.
People are busy today, they are not going to stay with your book, you want to give it to them so that they can consume it and actually change their lives. So think about doing a shorter book and/or an overview type book and then going into other books and making products and things out of them. I am telling people this because in your mind is how do I do this? we just said you can move to a book in six days, in two weeks, in two months, it doesn’t have to take years to do the book and there is a way to do it quick and simple and easy.
So for people out there thinking about their career change, like ……… Is not about to give up his career change but people out there thinking about the career change then think about getting the book done. This is the type of stuff if you are doctor and you want some doctor tips I can help you. I have got a book, I have got a book for doctors, that’s why ……….. it’s for doctors, about moving it over and getting it done.
For everybody else you a gentleman who has been in the US Navy who talks about getting it done. You know people in the military know how to implement, be disciplined and get it done and some of us a doctor and a military guy will help you stay discipline to get it done and discipline for a short period of time so that you don’t put your life forever. So partying words. Tell me the name of your book again?
Randrick: Monetize Your Skills and actually you talk about that disciplined implementation. So right now actually go to monetizeyourskills.com. what I have there, I am actually taking people on a one hundred day journey to actually produce either a book or course in one hundred days. And so we have some folks right now that we are doing that. So every one hundred days I am going to be doing that because like you said some folks they are just complicated right?
So, know that it’s possible, all things are possible, I am here as a living witness. My first book took me five years but all my other books it’s weeks and days. Actually one book took me just a whole entire night to do. I did a book for military veterans interested in new transition to civilian life with confidence. Helping military people to also use their training and expertise to start a career or business. That book took me one hour because I spoke the entire book and it was done, I didn’t have to touch it again.
So if you need help in that regards like I said go to monetizeyourskills.com, check out the book and we can help you in one hundred days we are going to give you exercises, we are going to hold you by the hand, we are going to help you get it done but in one hundred days you can get a book or a course done or even both together if you take action.
Parting words Dr. Veronica, I would say, listen, believe in yourself that what you have is valuable. Do not downplay your gifts, your talents, your expertise, somebody needs to hear your voice. You have to check back for a while, a weekend, a week even is worth taking the time to really get into with who you are and what you want to do in life. Life is too short, I just did actually a funeral last Friday. Last year I did more funerals in my life than I have ever done before. And always I hear the regrets, many people who cry at funerals are not crying because of the passing of the loved one, they are crying especially because of the regrets, I wish, I wish, I wish. So every time I always end I know it’s a sad moment but I always end those funeral eulogies with knowing this person’s experience how are you now going to live your life? They can live on in you if you now would wake up and actually live out the rest of your life the way you believe you ought to believe. So that’s what I am saying and I hope to read your message one day, learn from you one day, meet with you one day but I wish you all the best.
Dr. Veronica: Monetize Your Skills, monetizeyourskills.com. Also looking to your noted because we all have to eat, we all have to pay our bills, men will not like to have to ask their wife for money and so therefore we have got to monetize those skills because this is the currency that we use. Feel good about monetizing what you love. Just because you love it doesn’t mean you have to go broke doing it. so thank you so much for being on the Wellness Revolution.
Female VO: Thank you for listening to the Wellness Revolution Podcast. If you want to hear more on how to bring wellness into your life visit drveronica.com. See you all next week. Take care.
Dr. Veronica Anderson is an MD, Functional Medicine practitioner, Homeopath. and Medical Intuitive. As a national speaker and designer of the Functional Fix and Rejuvenation Journey programs, she helps people who feel like their doctors have failed them. She advocates science-based natural, holistic, and complementary treatments to address the root cause of disease. Dr. Veronica is a highly-sought guest on national television and syndicated radio and hosts her own radio show, Wellness for the REAL World, on FOX Sports 920 AM “the Jersey” on Mondays at 7:00 pm ET.
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