Rick Rigsby | Author of Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, and Award Winning Journalist, Regular TV Media Contributor

Rick Rigsby

Author of Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, and Award Winning Journalist, Regular TV Media Contributor

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Rick Rigsby

Nearly 300 MILLION PEOPLE globally have viewed Dr. Rigsby's sensational speech in the viral video titled, "Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout."

As President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, the internationally acclaimed speaker presents to the top companies worldwide. Dr. Rick is also a favorite among professional and collegiate sports organizations. Rigsby--a former award-winning professor--spent over two decades teaching at various colleges, most of those years serving at Texas A&M University. In addition to academic duties, Dr. Rigsby was hired by legendary football icon R. C. Slocum as chaplain and Life Skills coach for the Aggies football team.

A former award-winning journalist, Dr. Rigsby is a regular contributor on numerous national television and radio programs.

Inspired by a genuine conviction to help people realize their full potential, Rick Rigsby brings a combined four decades of experience and expertise to the set of
How Ya Livin'? This transformative podcast encourages, inspires and challenges people at every level to dream bigger, stretch beyond comfort zones and achieve the impossible!

As Rick says,

Most people I meet are asking themselves the same unrelenting question, 'I wonder how great I can actually be?' What a privilege to help people make such profound discoveries!

A Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling author, Dr. Rigsby's books include, Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout and Afraid to Hope.

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(Delivered virtually or in-person) It's been said that the definition of insanity is repeating the same action and expecting a different result. Does this definition describe your work performance? Your leadership? Your life? Are you tired of functioning at the same level? Have you wondered why others are enjoying great success while you are just trying to make it through the day?

Dr. Rick Rigsby suggests that the key to greater effectiveness is closer than you might think! In a powerfully motivating presentation, Rick explores the attitudes and tendencies of great people and how they approach work and leisure. Immediately, you'll be motivated to make changes and adjustments that will elevate you to a superior level of performance. Discover the Essence of Greatness . . . and eliminate the insanity!


(Delivered virtually or in-person) We live in an era of astonishing technology, instant information and rampant social networking. Despite the epidemic advances that ushered in a new millennium, cultural critics argue that society has never been more shallow in communication and more superficial in appearance. In fact, Dr. Rigsby argues that for many organizations, appearance- or what he refers to as impression- has become the new corporate wardrobe.

We invite you to rediscover what is really important and meaningful- not only in your professional career but in your personal life as well. Join Dr. Rigsby as he shares the wisdom of past generations- wisdom that will inspire, motivate and empower you to make an impact rather than an impression!


(Delivered virtually or in-person) In a society characterized by minimal effort and mediocre results, the concept of Greatness has been relegated to the domain of the superficial. In reality, True Greatness requires purposeful, intentional and strategic practice. The journey to truly superior performance is reserved for the determined, the dedicated and the disciplined.

In a landmark speech, Dr. Rick Rigsby – borrowing from nearly four decades of experience- from work in television, to offering leadership training to global partners worldwide - will empower you to develop a mindset of extraordinary performance. You will learn how to build organizational value by discovering the competitive advantages of pursuing a Quest for Greatness!

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Lessons from a Third Grade Dropoutby Rick Rigsby

Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout

by Rick Rigsby

A USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestseller! Learn how to live a life of character and integrity--by following the simple advice of a third grade dropout. Be inspired by the book behind Dr. Rick Rigsby's viral graduation speech.

After his wife died, Rick Rigsby was ready to give up. The bare minimum was good enough. Rigsby was content to go through the motions, living out his life as a shell of himself. But then he remembered the lessons his father taught him years before-- incredibly simple, yet incredibly profound.

These lessons weren't about advanced mathematics or the secrets of the stock market. They were quite straightforward, in fact, as Rigsby's father never made it through third grade. But if this man's instructions were powerful enough to inspire one of his children to earn a Ph.D. and another to become a judge--imagine what they can do for you.

While Rick Rigsby's father was a third-grade dropout, he was a man who never hid behind any excuse. A man who never allowed his problems or lack of a formal education to determine his present or affect his future. A man who realized that destiny was a choice and not a chance.

In Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout, Rigsby shares the simple lessons from his father that will transform your mindset, including:

  • Remain true to yourself
  • Think the best at all times
  • Give your best regardless of the circumstances
  • Keep standing no matter what

Join Rigsby as he dusts off time-tested beliefs and shares his father's impactful, far-reaching story--of how a life can be enhanced, of how a corporate culture can be changed, of how a family can be united--by living the simple lessons of a third-grade dropout.

Afraid to Hope: Discovering the Courage to Dream Againby Rick Rigsby

Afraid to Hope: Discovering the Courage to Dream Again

by Rick Rigsby

"Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." - Helen Keller

More than 160 MILLION people have viewed the widely popular Facebook video of Rick Rigsby speaking on the transformative power of hope. Now he shares these truths and more in his landmark book, Afraid to Hope. You will discover how the dynamic power of hope has the capacity to transform every part of your life.

Circumstances never leave you the same. Adversity definitely has advantages! The question is, are you willing to move past your fears and expect a better life?

In this book, you will discover:

  • What you believe about the future holds immense promise and adventure.
  • How to overcome your fear of the future and make hope a dynamic part of your everyday life.
  • What to do if you can't seem to find peace about the past or a spark for the future.
  • The life-changing difference between real and false hope.
  • Hope is a quality inside every person, and you can place a transformative demand upon your heart to believe for the absolute best outcome.
  • How hope is available to you today, in endless supply, exactly where you need it.

Nothing is as attractive as the possibility of hope. Nothing is as life changing as the motivation of hope. Nothing is more transformative than a heart filled with hope.

DR. RICK RIGSBY is a USA TodayAmazon, and The Wall Street Journal best-selling author. Rick is a former award-winning journalist who became an Internet sensation when his speech on hope was viewed by over 160 million people worldwide. He is the CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications and an internationally recognized motivational speaker. With engagements around the world, his audiences include Fortune 500 companies, service organizations, universities and schools, Christian platforms, and professional sports organizations, including the NFL and PGA. Rick is a former award-winning professor at Texas A&M University, where he also served as Life Skills Coordinator and chaplain for the Aggies football team. Rick and his family reside in Dallas, Texas.

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