I was born in the late Ohio winter of 1973 to a passionate, enterprising young pastor and his lovely, eager-to-do-well bride, and was taken home from Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, Ohio, to a humble church parsonage. Everything else in my story stems from these roots.
My dad was the son of a pastor, who was the son of a pastor. My mom? You guessed it: Her dad was a pastor too… and an entrepreneur. I’ve traced my family history back 20 generations, and the vast number of ministers and businessmen who populate the family tree is uncanny! That lineage of shepherding hearts and capitalizing minds runs in my blood and courses through my veins. It’s who I am!
And so I embrace two destinies:
1) To chase personal success at every level of life.
2) To help you do the same.
I must confess: I have not always lived my life to it’s fullest. I have left many stones unturned, and have too often taken the road frequently traveled by the masses, when I should have taken the road less traveled (thanks again, Mr. Frost). Procrastination, fear, uncertainty and poor choices have cost me too many days of my life… time that I can never re-collect.
Somehow, I lost myself. Nate Ridgeway went missing, and some other poor, unfortunate soul occupied his space inside a shell of a man. I was smiling and laughing on the outside, but hopeless and empty on the inside.
Before I knew it, I had ballooned from my freshman college weight of 147 pounds to 237 pounds: a weight gain of 90 pounds! My hopes and dreams for success in life gave way to a painful existence of working four jobs to support my beautiful children and struggling marriage. Our debt was spiraling out of control. I was making bad choices, and I barely recognized myself! I was on the verge of losing everything: my future, my marriage, my sanity… my LIFE!
Trust me when I say, it’s not easy to find your way back when you’re that far off the path of LIFE that you know you should be following. Many of you know exactly where I’m coming from! It is only the grace of God that saw me through.
Here’s the cool thing about God: even in our darkest times, He is working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. That means that while I was off doing my thing, He was off doing His thing on my behalf, just waiting for the moment when I would come to my senses and choose LIFE rather than the path of destruction I was headed down.
Now,I don’t know your thoughts on God. Maybe you’ve never really thought much about Him. Maybe you don’t even believe that He’s real or that He exists. It’s ok. He’s thought a lot about you, and He totally believes in you! And should you ever choose to believe in Him, boy does He have a ride in store for you.
In the meantime, if God isn’t your thing, hang with me. I promise not to preach (too much). There’s plenty on the pages that follow that will absolutely help you to get the LIFE results that you are looking for, as we explore the Four Cornerstones of LIFE.
God has blessed me with an amazing list of influencers, including my parents, teachers and professors, business coaches and mentors, authors, and entrepreneurs. Each has made significant deposits into my life-vault from their own insight and experiences. I draw from that wealth of wisdom and knowledge as your LIFE Architect.
No longer 237 pounds, I now weigh in at a healthy and vibrant 155 pounds.
No longer working twenty hours a day at four dismal jobs, I now enjoy a multiple six-figure annual income as an entrepreneur.
No longer depressed and miserable, I count myself blessed as a happy husband and dedicated dad.
No longer lost, Nate Ridgeway has been found! And for my second chance at living life wisely and well, I am grateful.
(This is an excerpt from Life Architect Nate Ridgeway’s upcoming book entitled, LIFE: Four Cornerstones, to be released in 2014.)