40 episodes

I’m Ric Elias, one of the luckiest people you’ll ever meet. I was lucky enough to survive a plane crash - and to share on the TED stage 3 things I learned from that experience. On this show, I’ll share conversations I feel lucky to have had with remarkable people - plus 3 things we can all take away from each.
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3 Things (with Ric Elias‪)‬ Red Ventures

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    • 4.8 • 148 Ratings

I’m Ric Elias, one of the luckiest people you’ll ever meet. I was lucky enough to survive a plane crash - and to share on the TED stage 3 things I learned from that experience. On this show, I’ll share conversations I feel lucky to have had with remarkable people - plus 3 things we can all take away from each.
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    Optimism Is Not Naive (Simon Sinek, Live at RV)

    Optimism Is Not Naive (Simon Sinek, Live at RV)

    This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Red Ventures, where Ric and our guest Simon Sinek discussed how optimism is different from general positivity, and how an infinite mindset can unlock opportunity and happiness… even when chaos strikes.
    You may know Simon as the best-selling author of books like “Start With Why” and “The Infinite Game” - or you might know his world-famous TED Talk about how great leaders inspire action. 
    Or maybe, you’ve seen our previous episode with Simon on 3 Things, called “The Purpose of Business” - which dives deeper into how Simon’s philosophy can be applied to leadership, team-building, and more. If you enjoy today’s episode, be sure to check that one out. 
    This is 3 Things, with Simon Sinek.

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    • 32 min
    The Science of Sleep (Dr. Matthew Walker)

    The Science of Sleep (Dr. Matthew Walker)

    This episode is all about SLEEP - featuring one of the world's top experts, Dr. Matthew Walker. He's a Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, the founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science, and author of the book "Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams."
    His groundbreaking research covers everything from why we sleep, what happens to us when we sleep, what happens when we dream, and how sleep impacts our concentration, our memory, our immune system, and more. His current focus is on the possible link between not getting enough sleep and likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease.
    We tried to keep this short - but there was SO much to learn that we went ahead and shared the full conversation. Don’t miss the end when Ric and Matt go through a lightning round of things in your life that could be affecting your sleep - like caffeine, alcohol, what you eat, when you eat, and more.
    This is 3 Things, with Dr. Matthew Walker.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Good Games vs Close Games (Jay Bilas)

    Good Games vs Close Games (Jay Bilas)

    Our guest today is ESPN commentator and former basketball star - Jay Bilas. Jay won a National Championship when he played for Duke back in the 80s, and today he's one of the most outspoken critics of the NCAA - because they do not pay college athletes - while coaches make millions, and the industry makes billions.
    This is the second time Jay's been on the show. Today, he and Ric talk a little bit about life, and a LOT about basketball. Be sure to also check out his earlier episode, from April 2019, to hear Jay's unique approach to parenting and the best advice he ever got from Coach K.
    This is 3 Things, with Jay Bilas.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    The War in Ukraine (Natalie Jaresko)

    The War in Ukraine (Natalie Jaresko)

    Donate here to join our pledge and help support the people of Ukraine: https://gofund.me/d92c5b0c
    Ric is expanding his nonprofit Rebuild Puerto Rico to support humanitarian crises around the world. He will personally match all funds raised, up to $2.5M.
    Today's guest is Natalie Jaresko, the former Finance Minister of Ukraine.
    Natalie grew up near Chicago, the daughter of immigrants who fled Ukraine during the man-made famine of Stalin. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Natalie moved to Ukraine and worked there for 25 years with dreams of transforming it from a communist country to a capitalist market.
    She may be best known for her role in helping Ukrainians recover from the financial and humanitarian crisis that followed the annexation of Crimea in 2014. In today's episode she reflects on how the current war in Ukraine will have direct, lasting impacts on the entire world for months and years to come.
    Ric and Natalie originally met in Puerto Rico, where Ric is building a new economic growth engine (through Red Ventures Puerto Rico), and where Natalie was most recently tasked with pulling the island out of bankruptcy - restructuring about 64 billion dollars of debt.
    This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience, where Natalie reminded us of the tragic realities of war, but more importantly, the power of resilience and hope. Inspired by her words, Ric made a personal commitment to use his platform to help make a difference.
    This is 3 Things.

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    • 31 min
    Finding Your Competitive Edge (Greg Olsen)

    Finding Your Competitive Edge (Greg Olsen)

    After 14 seasons in the NFL, Greg Olsen retired as one of the Top 10 tight ends of all time. Now, he's a rookie all over again - starting a new career in sportscasting. In this episode, Greg shares what it was like to play in the Super Bowl, what it's like to learn a new skill on national TV, how his son's journey to overcome a rare heart condition inspired him to help others, and what it means to "find your edge" as a top competitor.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Future of Cities (Mayor Vi Lyles)

    The Future of Cities (Mayor Vi Lyles)

    Our guest today has a big goal - she’s setting a new standard for American cities when it comes to achieving racial equity, social justice, economic opportunity, employment, and mobility.
    Vi Lyles is the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina - one of the top five fastest-growing large cities in the US (and home to Red Ventures!). In 2021, her Racial Equity Initiative made headlines as a first-of-its-kind partnership bringing together the public sector and members of the private sector (including Ric!) to build a more equitable future for all.
    In this episode, Mayor Lyles shares what progress means to her as a public leader ; her experience becoming the first Black woman elected Mayor of Charlotte after growing up in the segregated South ; and why creating opportunity for others is her ultimate definition of success.

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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

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Great Varied Perspectives

Love the variety of guests and the differences in perspectives. Wouldn’t mind some guests that are a bit more contrarian to your point of views. There are three things to learn from every point of view, even if it’s not always positive. Love the show!

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I feel so positive

Thank you for these wonderful conversations. I was not aware that I needed this infusion.

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