Today we’d like to introduce you to HappyRon Hill.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born a small, happy child in 1964, then, like most children, I taught how to be unhappy. In 1995, after 30 years of unhappiness, I decided I might as well give happiness a try, and I’ve never looked back. Made a video about the transition:
The biggest mistake people making when wanting to be happy is to make unhappiness wrong, IE to be unhappy about their unhappiness which of course just leads to more unhappiness. Obviously, there are times when most people are going to be unhappy but I don’t think there is any reason to explore more happiness. I’m not the happiest person I know, but I am happier then I used to be and that’s all that matters. Ironically my most popular song is called TERRIBLY HAPPY and the reason it strikes a chord is that people like the idea that life is hard, but let’s try to be happy anyways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XymHJ86ivfc
People sometimes think of happiness as experiencing just one emotion, but I’ve found there are infinite shades of happiness, and I wrote this song about it, 44 Types Of Happiness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-OIjK8hrUo&t=31s
I was born without a socket in my left hip and all the tension in my body made me very disconnected from my body and made singing and playing music very difficult. I was fortunate because I learned to sing in a comedic style with a raspy voice and people loved it and I didn’t have to be technically very good.
When the doctors finally recommended hip replacement surgery the tension reduced dramatically. Thanks to that and ten years of massive amounts of meditation I found my singing voice became much more melodic and my hand-eye coordination has improved so much that I can play instruments much better than before. Example of improved singing: https://youtu.be/HxXoeMDWi0s
Music was so difficult for me that I have a great empathy for the struggles most people go through when learning music. So, I really enjoyed speaking at schools about it and have taken on a few private students and it’s so rewarding to be able to help people past the hurdles of starting in music. With the internet, it’s so much easier now to learn. Many teachers had music come naturally to them so they have trouble understanding how “simple things” can be hard for some people. Since it was harder for me than most I’ve found, I can help people past those hurdles more than many teachers. I’ve written articles on how to help people start: http://www.happyron.com/mentor/
I performed more than 2700 times. The first time I got off stage I said “well, that’s one” and I’ve kept counting ever since. See it all as one big performance helps. I no longer perform much in traditional venues and am now focused on being a keynote speaker with music at business conferences. It great to see how my philosophy of positive thought COMBINED with positive action is really needed in a business setting. Plus, with all the sometimes boring lectures they have, they are often looking for something fun.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A big challenge for me is how the physical challenges effected me emotionally WITHOUT me realizing it. Certain things, like music, were more difficult for me and that would be totally obvious but having had the problems I had all my life I didn’t see how they were affecting me and went into self-judgment. I remember once in 5th grade we had to all run around the field and I fell way behind everyone else. Obviously, this was due to my physical difficulties but I wasn’t physically self-aware enough to realize that and just blamed myself in a kind of vague way. These kind of scars were really difficult to become aware of an overcomer.
Please tell us about HappyRon.
I am most known for providing inspiring motivational speeches for corporate conferences.
I’m also known for inspiring my students in how to play better than increased awareness of what is happening in their body as they perform and learn to build muscle memory
Right now, I’m most excited about two things. Firstly (and I would love if this were featured in the article prominently) the Facebook success of my new video If You’re Bored In San Diego (IT’S YOUR FAULT!), which is a kind of “Things To Do In San Diego” and music video for my song. It’s my 2nd most popular song and people love the video as it seems to inspire them in a humorous way to go out and do something. It’s an old song of mine that people have always loved but I never made a professional video until I met my new keyboard player Andy Gallagher from Trains Across The Sea. He’s new to the city, so I ended up showing him around and then got the idea to finally finish the video with him in it as “the bored guy”. The video also features Mr. Paul Tillery on Stand Up Bass and many other local musicians and celebrities
YOUTUBE LINK: https://youtu.be/Fthj4TRlZbo
SOUNDCLOUD LINK FOR DOWNLOAD: https://soundcloud.com/happyron10/if-youre-bored-in-san-diego-its-your-fault
FACEBOOK VIDEO: https://www.facebook.com/happyron/videos/vb.550427049/10155274447807050/?type=3
LIVE VIDEO WITH PAUL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGtki3EP
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory is my 5th Grade teacher, Joe Shaara who always believed in me and had positive things to say, which were messages I didn’t get much of back then, but at the same time always was blunt with me about living up to my possibilities. I was probably borderline autistic in some ways and he always brought out the part of me that was outgoing and could connect to people. He also introduced me to The Beatles and music.
- Website: www.happyron.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: happyron10
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/happyron
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/happyron
Josiah Price, Andy Gallagher