Richard Kelly Interview 

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Introduce yourself

Hello, I’m Richard Kelly.
What inspires you everyday

That’s a tough question. Because I don’t just get inspired by one thing. And not every day do I feel inspired. Sometimes I’ll get inspired by a song I listen to in the morning, or sometimes I’ll go on a hike by myself to watch a sunrise and I get inspired by the peace and quiet around me. My mind will just inspire itself and I’ll feel renewed and motivated because I have no distractions and my mind can realign it’s goals and purpose…If that makes sense. Sometimes I’ll even get inspired by an Elon Musk or Simon Sinek interview clip I watch on YouTube at 6am. So I think inspiration needs to come from inside, just some things can help you find it easier. Getting rid of, or reducing a lot of distractions in your life (TV, Facebook, pursuing girls/boys, partying, etc), can help put you in a place of constant inspiration.
What is something you would change about people in the world

Well, I don’t think changing people is the right way to go about it. Our individuality is what makes us human and our uniqueness is what makes a community. Whether it’s a community in a college dormitory, or a global community of people, we need that diversity and unchanged uniqueness. The only thing that I wish people focussed more time on, is understanding other’s perspectives. I only say this because I used to ignore everyone else and their opinions.

I would disregard people’s perspective and that was really damaging to me, and others. So with patience, kindness, and understanding, I feel like all scales or communities would be better. We don’t have to agree with everyone, we just need to actually give a moment to listen and understand. All scales of communities**
What is your view on society today

Well north American society is a constantly changing social experiment. It’s interesting to look at and there’s certain aspects you cant escape. But it’s also good to take a step back and look at any system to see if there’s something you can improve on. As Steve Jobs says – everything around you is created by people who are no smarter than you.
What is something you’ve struggled with in general

Happiness in simplicity. But I think I’m starting to nail that one 😉
What is a positive message you would give others

Forgive everyone who’s treated you wrong. And don’t stop forgiving. The only thing worse than having people treat you wrong and have that short negative emotion, is holding on to negative emotions for months or years.

You can either let it go, or let it control you.

It’s like keeping a sliver in your foot on purpose. The longer it’s there, the worse it gets.
Last question what is a goal you would like to achieve in the future

Finishing recording and releasing a solo album. I’ve demo’d a few songs over the last couple of years in a couple studios. But I’m slowly saving up to fund my whole album. It’s a long road, but one of my goals for the next 5 years.

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