“It doesn’t matter how much pain you’ve been through. The only one that’s suffering is the person holding on to the resentments.”

In this episode of the True Grit and Grace podcast, host Amberly Lago welcomes mental health advocate and speaker, Ryan Zofay. Ryan, has a life journey that is both inspiring and transformative. Coming from a difficult childhood that led to a struggle with addiction and consequent incarceration, Ryan’s early life was marred by hardships. However, instead of letting his past define him, he used these trials as opportunities for introspection and personal growth. Displaying exceptional resilience, he overcame his addiction, marking an impressive milestone of two decades of sobriety.

Transformed by his personal journey with a 21 years of sobriety, Ryan felt a strong calling to assist others facing similar challenges. This led him to establish a prominent treatment center named We Level up. After building his We Level Up company, Ryan has found a place on the global stage as a influential speaker. Using his personal narrative of redemption and resilience, he inspires audiences around the world.

In this inspiring episode, explore Ryan’s remarkable journey of transforming adversity into victory, and learn about his latest book, ‘Unlikely Businessman.’ Through honest conversations, Ryan delves into his expertise in addiction treatment and personal growth, providing invaluable insights and actionable strategies for entrepreneurs aiming to expand their ventures with less effort. Join them as they navigate the realms of sobriety, forgiveness, and personal growth, immersing yourself in a story of hope and empowerment. Tune in now to discover Ryan’s inspiring tale.


  1. Unveiling the intricacies: How early life shapes key brain regions (6:10)
  2. A teenage journey: From despair to sobriety with Ryan’s inspiring transformation (15:00)
  3. Embracing forgiveness: Mastering the art of letting go, even in the face of profound wrongs (25:55)
  4. Proximity’s profound impact: Empowering your goals through strategic connections (37:45)
  5. The symbiosis of culture and leadership: Decoding their role in business triumphs (48:40)

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