Ryan LeVanseler, Founder, Seeds to Dreams
Ryan LeVanseler of "Seeds to Dreams" helps people around the world change - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Currently 30 years old, he's a survivor on a mission to spread love and uplift consciousness for the benefit of all. If the path gets dark and people start losing their way, Ryan helps guide them back into the light.
For those who don't know anything about you or your work, can you provide a bit of background?
I worked in the IT industry for over a decade doing work for both commercial and residential clients, but I eventually realized my heart was yearning for more. I didn't want to keep waking up every morning, doing the same things, thinking the same thoughts, and feeling the same way. I couldn't... and that's when I chose to change.
I decided to push through my fears and set out on an adventure of my own. I wanted to help people. I wanted to help change the world and make it a better place, in any way I could. That's when I took to social media and began building a platform to share my story and spread my message.
I started on Instagram, slowly learning and connecting with others, posting content that I knew would help change lives. As I grew, so did my confidence and drive. This experience led me to TikTok, where I was able to reach approximately million people around the world, gaining over 200,000 followers rather quickly.
Currently, I'm still on a mission, working towards my vision... I wish I could share more here in these words, but it just wouldn't make sense. I am excited for what the future holds, as I never thought I'd make it this far, or be here writing these words for you to read.
Was any one person who was instrumental in helping you get from where you started out, to where you are now?
I'm grateful for it all... For everyone and everything. For the unseen force that ties all of this together, guides me daily, and gives me strength to keep going. For everyone I've had the privilege of interacting with, even if I thought it was "bad" or insignificant at the time. For every experience that has molded me into the man I am today.
For my girlfriend, Leslie, and for my good friend Sam Russell of "The Giving Closet" who made this opportunity possible. Words aren't enough to describe my love for you.
Is there a particular piece of advice you were given in the early days of your business journey that you still benefit from today?
To follow my heart and listen to that voice deep within, despite what everyone else says. To dance like I did when I was a kid, looking at life through the lens of wonder. To focus on the things I want to experience and the person I want to be, not the fear. To remain calm in any storm, knowing the Sun will rise again and touch my face. To treat others as I want to be treated, for it's all a reflection.
To never give up...
What is the most important lesson you've learned about leadership in your business journey so far?
That others see the world through their own unique perception and my vision is my own. Wisdom can't be forced, it must be learned through experience.
To provide space, light, and water, but remain patient while the flower blooms.
To let the seed be, knowing it won't grow if I keep digging it up.
I can't teach anything, I can only make people think.
I can point to the door, but they must walk through it on their own.
What are the top three things you wish you'd known when you were just starting out?
Fear is an illusion. Failure is a choice. We can't plant and harvest in the same day.
Fear is an illusion: When we bring ourselves back to the present moment, realizing that here and now is all ther ever truly is, we realize how much we chaos we create for ourselves. We fear what happened, or what "could" happen, neglecting that it's all in our mind. Stay prepared, but cross the bridge when you get to it... it's usually nicer and easier than we think. Use your imagination wisely
Failure is a choice: Do we ever really fail if we learn and keep going? Every "failure" of mine has led to greater success than I originally intended. The only real way to fail, is to give up.
We can't plant and harvest in the same day: Patience is required. Find ways to channel the energy. Plant the seed, water with love, and give it space. Eventually, you'll be enjoying beautiful flowers and delicious fruit... with plenty to share.
In your experience, what is the most effective way to build a strong network of mentors and advisors to guide you in your business endeavors?
To be yourself. To live authentically, sharing your energy everywhere you go. To remain present and honor every opportunity. You will attract the right people, and others will fall away.
How do you determine when it's time to pivot, and what factors should you consider in making that decision?
When it doesn't feel right anymore. When you've hit a wall and you're stuck in stagnant energy.
What have you been doing? Why isn't it working anymore? Can you make adjustments? Are you holding back due to fear? What steps can you make today to help you move closer to your dream? What steps can you take right now?
How do you stay motivated and inspired during the business cycle of ups and downs?
I connect with nature and life daily... with "God"
I eat healthy. I'm conscious of what I consume mentally. I exercise consistantly. I meditate. I observe the darkness within and learn from it. I fill my heart with love and joy. I surrender to the unknown and focus on the light
Looking back, what one thing would you do differently if you could start your journey over again?
Leap sooner. I was too attached to fear.