A Hero’s Journey – Richard Kaufman pt 1
Have you ever failed in life? Have you ever done things you are not proud of? How did you deal with it?
For many, it can turn to violence. It can turn to drugs. It can turn to alcohol. It can turn into purely destructive habits. Eventually, it turns inward even more and becomes self destructive. Often to the point of no return. People just loose hope and give up.
My guest and I are here today to tell you, you don’t have to give in to those temptations and succumb to to destruction.
Richard Kaufman’s father left when he was just 3 years old. He grew up moving from school to school. He dropped out of school in 9th grade. He had already become addicted to alcohol by the time he was 12 years old. He joined the Army at age 17.
Because of these untreated alcohol issues coupled with the immaturity, Richard eventually was discharged from the military. This led him to becoming hooked on drugs and even found himself homeless.
He eventually was arrested and then given the option to either attend rehab or go to prison.
He made the correct choice and went to rehab. Eventually, he was able to obtain a special good conduct waiver and reenlisted in the Army. He spent a total of 24 years in military service. But even that was not without mishap. I’ll let him tell the story on that…
On that infamous day of 9-11, Richard, after seeing the tragedy that had unfolded, made the decision that he was going to change his life forever. He dedicated himself to helping others. On the darkest day in American history, Richard Kaufman seen the light and changed his life.
Now honorably discharge, married with 3 children, he is sharing his story about his journey. He helps other retired veterans overcome their obstacles, whether that be health, fitness, addiction, or mental illness related issues.
He started a podcast called, “The Comeback Coach” and has a Facebook Group called “Recovery and The Comeback Coach.” He has been interviewed on dozens of podcasts and been featured in magazine and he is the author of the ebook available on Amazon called, “A Hero’s Journey – from Darkness to Light.”
Help me welcome to the program, Richard Kaufman. Richard, thank you for taking the time to join us today!
Now, I always start with this question first. Other than that short bio I read, tell us in your own words, “Who is Richard Kaufman?”
I read you book. It is awesome. I like the simple way you deliver the message and the “Lesson Learned” at then end of each section. I want to ask you some questions, taken from your book. Questions that I think will give the audience a better perspective of what you are doing now.
First, I have to ask, Did you really lose your weapon in the Army?
Tell me about that funeral detail in talked about in your book? The one that resulted in them kicking you out of the Army?
And you were doing LSD at the time? In the Army? What about the pee tests?
Ok. So, you’re out of the Army. You go home and tell your mom they let you out early for “Good Conduct?”
Bouncing around job to job, an alcoholic and on drugs. You come up with the brilliant plan of – becoming a bartender?
How did that end up after your first gig?
Richard, we are about out of time. If someone wanted to get in touch with you. Perhaps to ask a question, get in touch with you about your training or to have you come and speak to their group, how can they do that?
Folks, I want to you go to the link below and get a copy of Richard Kaufman’s book, “A Hero’s Journey – From Darkness to Light.” It’s only available in Kindle format. It’s not expensive and it will be the best investment you can make. It just may save somebody’s life. You may recognize something in this book that will immediately bring somebody to mind. Somebody who may be ready to give up hope. So take the time right now to click the link and order a copy today.
FaceBook: Richard Kaufman
#richardkaufman (type the hashtag into the URL search or into Google and it will take you to all of Richard’s social media links).
Book on Amazon: A Hero’s Journey – From Darkness to Light