Richie Norton

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About Richie

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I’m Richie, and this is my awesome family.

I love life, and I believe my good friend Abe Lincoln when he said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Life’s too short to sit around and wait for stuff to happen.

There’s a person missing in that picture of my family. My son, Gavin. He was born healthy, then at 8 weeks, he contracted an airborne disease called Pertussis (whooping cough) and passed away only 10 weeks into his short life. The experience was crushing, but that sweet boy had an incredible impact on me.

I wasn’t going to sit around and wait to see what the next weeks and months would bring. Our family had experienced a huge tragedy that shook us (especially our little ones) to the core. Thankfully, my wife and I had consciously designed our work/family life in a way that allowed us the freedom to put family first, no matter what. Thus, we were able move through this trying time of grief and pain in a way that strengthened, not deteriorated, our family.

After our son’s death, we dropped everything and took a few months to travel and heal together. We logged thousands of miles traveling back and forth across the USA and internationally from Honolulu, Hawaii to Orlando, Florida to Seattle, Washington up to Calgary, Canada and down to San Diego, California (and a personal trip to Liberia, Costa Rica): camping, hiking, biking, fishing, surfing, playing guitar and making memories. Much of that trip was intentionally traveled by car (with no DVD player and no video games to keep the kiddos occupied). Just me, my wife, the kids, the open road and nature. Amazing.

It was largely due to the way we had consciously set up our lives prior to our son’s death that ultimately allowed us to respond to this devastation in a way that turned our family tragedy into a family triumph.

I don’t want to regret a day in my life. I don’t want anyone to regret a day in their life. To that end, I’ve created a business designed to help people live. Live in a way that helps them lean into their fears, make a difference and live without regret.

Want to go from where you are to where you want to be? I’d love to work with you.

Contact me here.

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Richie Norton is the bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid as well as the #1 Amazon download Résumés Are Dead and What to Do About It. He is an international speaker and consultant for the corporate growth and personal development industries, a social entrepreneur, and CEO and Founder of Global Consulting Circle.

Richie has been featured in Forbes, Businessweek, Young Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and other national publications both in print and online. The 2013 San Francisco Book Festival named The Power of Starting Something Stupid the winner of the business category and the grand prize winner of all book categories in its annual competition. In 2010, Pacific Business News recognized Richie as one of the Top Forty Under 40 “best and brightest young businessmen” in Hawaii.

Richie has shared the stage with bestselling authors such as Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust and Kevin Rollins, former CEO of Dell Computers.

Richie received his MBA from the world’s #1 ranked international business school, Thunderbird School of Global Management.


  • Richie founded an international mentor capital company with the mission to help end poverty and foster self-reliance through self-employment. He created a joint-venture cashmere export company in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia and a joint-venture inflatable bouncer company in Apia, Samoa. He also helped to establish what is now known as the Mark & Laura Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship (CIE), where he also serves on the Mentor Venture Capital Board, helping budding entrepreneurs in Mongolia, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Fiji, Australia, Japan and other countries.
  • Richie was instrumental in the institution and management of the annual International Business Conference (IBC). The main focus of the conference(s) has been “Creating Wealth in a Global Economy” and “Creating Wealth in a Changing World” with a focus on “Doing Business in China,” and “Venture Capital and Private Equity: Building Wealth in a Declining Economy.”  This conference has established a network of top CEO’s and business leaders from the USA, Canada and Asia from over 100 companies and numerous industries.
  • He served as President of a financial services company and VP of a real estate company for over 3 years.
  • He founded the Empower Laie Project to help people get back on their feet in the tumultuous economy. Hundreds of families have been educated through this project on principles of self-reliance and how to navigate through the global financial crisis on an individual level.
  • He built, led and sustained multicultural organizations influencing over 70 nationalities while serving as Student Body President of BYU Hawaii.
  • He lived and worked as a missionary in Brazil for two years and speaks fluent Portuguese.
  • Above all, Richie is happily married to his beautiful wife Natalie and has four boys.

Want to go from where you are to where you want to be? I’d love to work with you.

Contact me here.

Keep in touch via the blog, facebook or twitter.