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Ryan’s Rock Bottom Story: How NextDayBetter Changed


For two years, I battled shame and periodic depression to find power in me again. In my silence, I learned some valuable lessons.
November 15, 2019
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At the end of November 2015, I had $23 dollars in my personal bank account. My relationship went down the drain and I moved back into my parent’s house at the age of 30. I hit rock bottom. 

By that point, NextDayBetter’s business model had become unsustainable. I felt shame in my inability to support the hard work of our city curators who led our speaker events across the world. Worst of all, I was unable to pay our talented team. They deserved better. 

 

For two years, I battled shame and periodic depression to find power in me again. In my silence, I learned the following: 

Life Lesson #1: I cannot set myself and my team on fire to warm others. As community servants, we need to pay ourselves first. 

Life Lesson #2: Despite my failure, I am deeply committed to empowering diaspora and migrant communities to own and tell their stories. 

WE QUIETLY PIVOTED AND TESTED. Through a combination of self-healing, luck, and tough love from advisors and loved ones, NextDayBetter pivoted: 

A NEW TYPE OF MEDIA PUBLISHING PLATFORM that REBRANDS MIGRATION as a benefit to humanity. NextDayBetter now partners with mission-aligned brands to launch storytelling campaigns that empower diasporas to take action. Since our pivot, our stories have reached over 30 millions views worldwide, advocating for LGBT rights, veterans caregiving, Filipino American history, inclusive entrepreneurship, and more. 

INTERSECTIONS + CENSUS2020

We will launch Intersections, our first NextDayBetter original storytelling series, in collaboration with The Filipino Channel. We’ve also been funded by the New Venture Fund to empower the Filipino, Mexican, and Puerto Rican diaspora to participate in Census2020. 

Without a test, there is no testament. NextDayBetter and I have been tested. Diaspora communities–refugees, migrants, and immigrants–continue to be tested. To heal, we must tell and own our stories. This is why I am telling you my imperfect, yet human story. We will continue to push forward.

Our stories matter wherever we are in the world.
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Shameless

Shame + Sex Education
Feat. Andrea Barrica of Oakland, California

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