Richard grew up on a cattle ranch in Chowchilla, California. His parents were affluent and educated, but Richard was a negative thinker. He hated high school, felt unworthy of love after his parent’s divorce, and barely graduated with a D average. So it was no surprise when his “ambition” led him to Foster Farms, the largest poultry plant in the world.
Richard began living life at the speed of 38 BPM (Birds Per Minute). His job was to cut chickens into parts as they flew past him on the production line. Ambitious and hard working, Richard dreamed of climbing the ranks and happily retiring after 40 years. With four years under his belt, Richard thought he was really cutting it – life, not chickens. It was 1977. Richard was 22 years old.
Then something happened that forever changed the course of Richard’s life. Foster Farms changed their policy to where only employees with a four-year college degree could advance. This led Richard to say yes to a new opportunity: Network Marketing.
Initially he struggled to figure IT out … how to find the right people, what to say and how to overcome the setbacks. Eventually through a rigorous investment of time and money in his own personal development he discovered that it was his own thoughts, beliefs and stories about himself that was holding him back. He changed them … changed them quickly and his business changed with them.
Three years later, at age 28, Richard had 30,000 active partners building with him.
In March 1992, at age 37, SUCCESS magazine featured Richard and his company on its cover. This was the first time a mainstream business magazine featured Network Marketing in a positive light. This issue outsold every issue in SUCCESS magazine's almost 100-year history.
Richard is the author of the bestselling Network Marketing book “The Four Year Career®.” Hundreds of thousands of distributors have used this book to build belief, grow their businesses, and turn skeptics into Network Marketing believers.
Richard is also the author of the personal development book “Mach2: The Art of Vision & Self-Motivation.” The principles in this book are what launched Richard to breakout success … and what landed him on that history-making cover of SUCCESS magazine.
In his 40-year career in Network Marketing, Richard has become one of the most sought-after trainers and coaches of our time. He regularly hosts a 1-day Live Your Bliss Workshop where he brings the principles of “Mach2” to life. He also hosts 4-day transformational retreats where he coaches small groups into a different state of being. Richard speaks to audiences in the thousands, including at Eric Worre's Go Pro Recruiting Mastery Event and Sonia Stringer's Believe Conference.
Richard is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Direct Selling Association, a senior member of the DSA Ethics Committee, and the man who brought you the incredible viral video series Super MLM Man.
One of the best gifts Richard has received from the profession is the gift of love. A speaking engagement led him to connect and fall madly in love with his wife, soul mate and partner for life, Kimmy.
Together, they own three global businesses (including Life Matters, their Network Marketing company) and run them from their personal paradises in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and Lanai, Hawaii.
Through the work of Bliss Business, their Network Marketing tools, training, and retreat organization, they have made it their mission to share their knowledge on growing ethically with leaders from ALL organizations … because they know that we are all better together!
In 1979, Richard was driving a borrowed car and living in a studio apartment with no furniture. By turning his failure into surrender, and taking just a few small steps, he was able to experience big change. This is one of the key messages Richard Brooke shares with Mark Januszewski in Kauai. The two Network Marketing icons discuss our culture’s focus on negativity, how to live in the present, and the art of deciding.