Social Impact Authors: How & Why Author Ric Keller Is Helping To Change Our World

Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine
Published in
13 min readAug 19, 2022

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Use your gifts. When someone says, “You can do anything you want in life,” it’s partially BS. The reality is you can achieve anything you want in life, but only if you stay in your lane and use your gifts. Your gifts are the things you do the best with the least amount of effort. Albert Einstein won a Nobel prize in physics, but if he had tried to be a professional bull rider, he would have landed E = MC square on his butt in less than eight seconds!

As part of my series about “authors who are making an important social impact”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ric Keller.

Ric Keller is the author of Chase the Bears: Little Things to Achieve Big Dreams. He is an attorney, TEDx speaker, contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and a former U.S. Congressman. Ric lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife, Lori, and their blended family. His website is www.rickeller.net.

Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive into the main focus of our interview, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your childhood backstory?

I was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, and moved to Orlando, Florida when I was a small child. I grew up in humble circumstances. My mom was a single parent who raised three kids on the modest salary of a secretary. At one point, we all lived together in a one-bedroom home with my grandmother.

After graduating from Orlando’s Boone High School, I received a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and law degree Vanderbilt. After law school, I practiced law in Orlando for a few years.

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Yitzi Weiner
Authority Magazine

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator