Ryan Webber RIP

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I learned this weekend that @Ryan Webber passed away on Thursday. Here's the news snippet.

Ryan was one of our earliest BiggerPockets supporters and has helped thousands and thousands of wholesalers with his posts here on the site. He also spoke at our inaugural BP Summit last year to great response.

We send our condolences to his family for their loss.

It is always tragic when someone that young dies. I have seen his profile pic a lot of times over the years.

If I had never met Ryan I definitely wouldn't be where I'm at today in the real estate world, and may have never invested at all. For a year if not longer before I met Ryan I could not compete with the "bigger players" in the several markets I attempted to, and being the newbie not one person wanted to take the time to try and help. Ryan was willing to take the time to help. I first met Ryan here on bigger pockets. He was investing in a market I was interested in, so I asked him a million questions about the market before I even came down,He told me if I ever came down, he'd take me to lunch. I hopped on that opportunity and lunch as Chili's happened that next week., I asked him another million questions, and we were there forever, he wasn't in a hurry, wasn't trying to sell me anything, just wanted to help. He helped guide me to the purchase of my first rental, which I still have, helped me get financing, and did whatever he could to make sure I survived in the real estate world. His contacts he provided me still enable me to increase my portfolio, I'm closing a property this Friday, funded by people Ryan helped me get involved with. Ive never met someone so willing to help out his own competition. He just wanted to help, no matter who it was. I'm still in shock, but lucky to have a mentor most would only dream of.

Thanks Ryan, without you who knows where I'd be. Rip buddy.

Clearly Ryan was a very astute investor, and @Scott R. , your tribute is very moving, thanks for posting that. Those are the kinds of below-the-radar stories that reveal the true nature of an individual, and Ryan's was obviously a life well lived. I went back and looked at his last post, and it was excellent.

Prayers of comfort and peace for his family.

It is sad.

I remember him on here and he always had interesting responses to topics.

I feel for all his family as this has to be shocking and unexpected for them. I know how this feels as my dad was killed suddenly in a car accident when I was 16 and I am 38 now. It's especially hard on the kids as their world is turned upside down. You have to rebuild a new identity without one of the most important persons in your life.

It shows that while we are busy with day to day activities we have to value every year, month, week, day, minute, second we have with the people we care about. Luckily me and my dad ended the previous day on a positive note the night before it happened.

Hopefully Ryan's legacy and light will keep shining on throughout the world with the people he touched and came in contact with.

Thank you for letting us know. Loved his smile around the BP site and at the Summit. Praying for peace for his family and loved ones.

Truly sad to hear this news. Sincere condolences to his family.

Never met him in person. But, I knew him after listening to last years BP Summit audio on Wholesaling and it was excellent and I benefited a lot.

Sad news. My condolences to Ryan's wife, children, and loved ones. I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan at the 2012 BP Summit in Denver.

He was quick to share what he knew without holding back. He was a highly advanced wholesaler, as is his wife. If you read everything he wrote here at BiggerPockets, you will have a better education than any wholesaling course or book could give. He knew his stuff.

Ryan didn't post much over the past couple of years, but if you search the early years of BP, you will find gold.

Thank you for your contribution, Ryan Webber.

Thank you @Joshua Dorkin for bringing this to our attention.

Ryan Webber was a huge influence on me and my business. His posts are some of the most informative there have ever been on this site.

@Scott R. is right on target about his character. Ryan answered gazillions of my questions also, and unlocked a strategy for finding buyers that has never let me down. He took the time to teach me the difference between "Golden Nugget" and "Silver Nugget" strategies.

The mantra that I repeat over and over "persistent and consistent" came from Ryan

The exact technique I use to find probate deals also came from Ryan.

I got to meet Ryan and his wife (who is also an accomplished wholesaler) at the BP Summit, and his and Aaron's boot camp was over the top.

Fun Memories: I used to just LMAO when Ryan would get in a thread and start arguing with the likes of @Will Barnard or Bill Gulley. You don't really see that kind of days long battle royale around here any more, but that is just classic BP. As is Ryan Webber...part of the BiggerPockets heritage and culture.

You will be missed Ryan.....condolences to all family and friends alike.

I've read some of his older posts too, and they were very thoughtful. Though I didn't know him, I'm sending prayers to his family for comfort and peace.

My condolences go out to his family.

Ryan is really going to be missed here on BP. I didn't know him personally but always tried to read his post and found him to be very knowledgeable investor.

Ryan was a great man and also my brother-in-law. It's nice to see all of the posts of the people that he has touched through the years here on BP.

I'm one of the ones that he tried to help along with his wife (my sister), but the markets here in CA are much different that in TX.

The will be missed by the many people that he has touched with the huge heart he had.

Wow. Just shocking. I didn't know Ryan at all until Joshua talked me into speaking with him at the conference. This was a huge leap of faith because someone might be real personable in a forum, but a stick in the mud on the stage. Luckily, he was great to work with while building our presentation and he ran with the bulls when we got up there to present. There were moments when I thought I might not get to talk at all because he was so overflowing with information. I had a great time that day and he was an absolute pleasure to work with.

I’m shocked. Words can’t describe the way I feel right now. If Aaron hadn’t bumped this thread I would still be in bed, probably asleep by now, instead of at my office at 12:30 AM deep in thought. I keep writing and rewriting this post and questioning about whether or not to post it. I’m not a big contributor or poster on BP, but I guess this is the best way I can think of to honor my friend Ryan because he loved BP because he loved helping people.

I’m not a big social network guy. I don’t currently tweet, blog, or even have a Facebook page. My friends are my friends, not my “online friends”. So when I found BP a few years ago I reluctantly went to the BP summit. I’m glad I did, because I found an awesome friend in Ryan. He was honestly the best thing I got out of the BP summit. He and I spent hours and hours that weekend talking about life, business, and everything else. Have you ever met someone that you had an almost instant rapport with? Like you had been friends forever? He helped me to push my limits of what I thought was possible. He was exactly what I needed.

After the BP Summit we decided to set monthly goals and keep each other accountable. We would then call at the end of the month to see how we did. We would talk for hours about life, family, and eventually business. I can tell you he was the real deal. He had his priorities straight. Two of his favorite thoughts about success were:

“If I arrive at my grave and all I've really done with my life is traded it for a giant pile of gold, then I've made a very bad trade.”

“Live your life around what is most important to you and then fill it in with all the other details.”

Our January 9th, 2013 phone call where we shared our business goals for the year was really weird. I had big goals and plans for the year in business and for some reason he wasn’t pushing as hard. He was still super driven in his life (family, gym, church, service, etc.) but for some reason I felt like I was having to talk him into going bigger in his business.

I’m sad to say we haven’t spoken as consistently this year. We both got busy and the monthly phone calls turned into every other month. The last time I spoke with him was a couple months ago and he had just returned from a “sabbatical” of sorts. He spent some time away from the constant reaction to email and phone calls. He seemed really good and had clarity. I invited he and Lillian to come out to Utah in the spring and stay with my family and he said they would. I’ve thought about calling him a lot the last month and I didn’t. You never think that you won’t get another chance to talk. I’m really going to miss Ryan.

I had a project I was working on last year and I asked for Ryan’s input. Basically I wanted to know what books and quotes had had the greatest effect on his life to this point and here was his response on 10/8/12:

“Alright, Andy, here you go.


The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandido
I've read this one twice and it deeply impacted my thinking about success and the basic principles of success; takes 10 months to read as instructed

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
I've read this one at least 3 or 4 times; phenomenal leadership teacher; I've read probably a dozen of his books

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
Deeply influenced my ideas about money, investments, and business; I've read 4 or 5 of his books and highly recommend playing his Cash Flow Game to beginning investors

The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason
A huge influence on my ideas about money management

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
Phenomenal book about success in life

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
This book is insane; a book about the balance of what wealth and lifestyle really means; this is a paradigm changer

The Millionaire Mind by Thomas Stanley
Excellent research based book on what a millionaire really looks like; about consumerism and money management

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Foundational book about people skills

The E-Myth by Michael Gerber
An excellent book about business systems

Skill With People by Les Giblin
A very short and very practical book about people skills

The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews
A great fiction book about success principles

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Foundational book about wealth mentality

A couple of biographies that I remember off the top of my head:
Sam Walton, Made in America by Sam Walton
Trump, The Art of the Deal by Donald Trump

And some biographies that I don't remember the title but their general stories had profound effects on my thinking: Andrew Carnegie, Martin Luther King Jr, Teddy Roosevelt, and Mohandas Gandhi.

Quotes - I've referenced ones that I've come back to over and over throughout my life.

"Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough" From The Greatest Salesman in the World

". . . I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life . . ." Henry David Thoreau

"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." Teddy Roosevelt

General Thoughts About Success

If I arrive at my grave and all I've really done with my life is traded it for a giant pile of gold, then I've made a very bad trade.

Live your life around what is most important to you and then fill it in with all the other details

Argue for your limitations, and sure enough they are yours.

Success in any great venture, financial or otherwise, is more about determination than anything else.

Consistent and persistent action are the foundations of success.”

Ryan, you made this world a better place, I’m really going to miss you buddy!! I know I’ll see you again on the other side.

Long before I started posting on the forum I would lurk here and follow a select few individuals here on bigger pockets. Ryan Webber, was one of those individuals.

I would spent a great deal of time analyzing every forum post and every thread he ever created. I learned so much about this business from escrow and title companies to marketing and assignment fees from his posts.

Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet with Ryan in person or communicate with him online. I just wanted to chime in and let it be known that Ryan has helped out a ton of users on these forums even if indirectly, just from the information he has shared here openly.

My thoughts go out to his friends and family for their terrible loss. Ryan leaves behind a grand legacy, and I am very thankful that he shared information so openly.

You will be missed Ryan.

I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan at the BP summit and having dinner with him. He was wise beyond his years and I learned a lot from him. We corresponded a few times over email and he was always willing to help and give advice. His raw and blunt posts are a refreshing addition to BP and will be missed. RIP Ryan.

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