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My Story

You found me.  Glad you did.
Welcome to The Comeback Academy.

It’s a privilege to have you as a member of our community.
My name is Ryan Jess Arnold. I’m the CCO around here (Chief Comeback Officer).

I am first and foremost a single dad to three amazing little girls.
To them and for them Comeback Academy is dedicated.

When I started Comeback Academy, I was pretty close to the bottom of my barrel in life. My wife of 14 years, my best friend for most of that time, had just told me she had feelings for another man. I was picking up the pieces of a failed marriage and a broken family. If that weren’t enough I had just come out of a complete financial meltdown.

In 2006, at age 31 I was on top of the world.
After 5 years of infertility,
we were expecting our 3rd daughter.

Office of my first business, Pro HR - back of tire shop - 1998

Office of my first business, Pro HR – back of tire shop – 1998

I had just sold my first business, my baby, to a public company for $5.5 million.  Eight years earlier I started that venture in a run down office in the back of a tire shop with $500. So I did what any overconfident, testosterone laden entrepreneur would do.  I moved to a ski town, began coaching high school football and started $20 million in real estate projects. With hindsight, maybe not the smartest of choices.

Life was good. For awhile.

Fast forward to May 2008.  It all started with a phone call.  From my banker. About the FDIC. You know – those guys with the sign in the window of your bank? “On May 9, 2008, ANB Financial, NA, Bentonville, AR was closed by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver.  No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.” Hmmm.  No advance notice.  Notice would have been nice.

Newly completed Pro HR building, 2005, just prior to sale of the company

Newly completed Pro HR building, 2005, just prior to sale of the company

ANB was the bank that had most of my real estate development loans.  $10 million worth.  And they had just been shut down by the FDIC. I didn’t know what this all meant. But I knew my life was about to change, and not for the better.

I spent the next three years negotiating with banks, mortgage lenders and the FDIC. I was financially wiped out.  A smarter man would have filed bankruptcy and moved on. But I was just too stubborn.

Finally in July 2010,
I settled my last 2 loans with the FDIC.
$20 million in debt, 30+ lenders.

Finally I’d done it.  I didn’t have any money left to speak of but finally I could rebuild.  And my problems were over. Or so I thought.

And only then began the most difficult period of my life.  That fall, for the first time in my life, I went into a deep depression. The stress and reality of all I had gone through financially finally got to me. And in the midst of trying to pull myself out of it my marriage was crumbling and I didn’t know it.

One night my wife sat up in bed, looked at me, and said, “It’s over.  I just don’t love you anymore.” If you had told me the world was ending the next day I wouldn’t have been more surprised. I was shocked.  I was hurt.

I couldn’t believe this was happening.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths..." -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths…” -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

For the next four months our marriage teetered on the brink of extinction. We separated.  I moved into my parent’s basement.

On Memorial Day I watched from my parents’ porch as my wife drove off with our kids.  Home.  But not to my home anymore. So I walked inside.  I found a picture of my little family from my parents’ wall.  And I held it tight.  In a death grip.  And I wept.  And wept.  And wept.

In 5 years I had gone from being a multimillionaire with a beautiful family to dead broke, my family shattered, and sleeping in my sister’s old bedroom. When I had my kids they would sleep in the basement with me on air mattresses.  My mom would cook for them.

I was barely functioning.  I couldn’t focus on anything. I couldn’t work.  I couldn’t focus on my kids. At one point I started a letter to my wife about all our good times, all our memories. Why our marriage and family was worth saving.  I never finished that letter.

I finally with some help
was able to pull out of the depression.

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been  trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” -Michael Jordan

But my marriage was still on the rocks. My wife later that summer had a turn of heart.  She wanted to try and make it work.  I was ecstatic.  The kids were so happy. We moved back in together.  We planned a move to a new state, a new place, a fresh start. And I threw myself into anything and everything I could do to revive my marriage and be a better husband.

So we moved.  We started a couple of new businesses.  Launched a successful website.  Seemed like things were finally on track.

And then my wife came home from a business trip.  And told me that she had feelings for another man.  And we we’re getting divorced. I was angry.  Devastated.  Hurt.

ut after the shock wore off I knew I could and would move on. And I was going to turn my failures into one of the greatest comeback stories ever.

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And that, my new friend, is how
Comeback Academy was born.

I’m glad you found us.  Because in this community, we create comeback stories.  We overcome business, relationship and health failures.

We know that our trials, successes and failures uniquely qualify us to serve the world, our clients and our customers in way that no one else can.  Our one of a kind “Comeback Fingerprint”…

And so we build businesses around our stories, experiences and passions.  Businesses that bring healing energy to our lives, our families and our customers.

I am going to be there with you every step of the way. As your coach, mentor and cheerleader.  As one who has created 7 figure businesses from scratch. But more importantly, as someone who’s been at the bottom just like you, and who, like you, made the decision to climb back out of hell and change the world.

And you are going to do it too.  Right here.  Starting right now.

Dust yourself off and get back on that horse.  Because you are in for a wild and amazing ride to the top.

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