3 Things: Roberto

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One of my dearest friends, Roberto Lazcano, is currently serving his 24th year in prison.

I am honored to share his story (and the story of how we met), because I believe humanity is about seeing the best in people; not judging them for the worst mistake they ever made.

This is 3 Things.

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In this episode:

1) No one’s life should be defined by the worst thing they’ve ever done. The majority of people in prison are regular people who have made a mistake – yet we don’t see them this way.

2) It’s the little things in life that are really the big thing. Life has a way of dulling our senses. Why is it that we must lose something in order to value it?

3) We all need someone to believe in us. Someone in our corner – no matter what. This is the classic story of the student becoming the teacher. I took a risk of reaching out to a stranger, and from it came one of the greatest connections I will ever make.

About 3 Things

Ric Elias learned 3 things from surviving the Miracle on the Hudson. Now he’s sitting down for conversations with remarkable people and sharing 3 things we can all take away from each.

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About the Author:

Ric Elias | Co-Founder & CEO

Ric Elias is CEO and co-founder of Red Ventures. In 2009, he survived the "Miracle on the Hudson,” which led to his viral TED Talk, "3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed." In 2011, Ric was named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year, and in 2016 he was inducted into the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Ric has founded several social impact initiatives including RoadtoHire, Golden Door Scholars, LifeSports, and Forward787. A native of Puerto Rico, Ric attended Boston College and Harvard Business School.

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