We had the good fortune of connecting with Rodney Rice and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rodney, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
In my view, the key to success is the ability to adapt. Don’t be stubborn – approach challenges/opportunities with an open mind and listen. These elements were the key to operating a small business during a pandemic – we moved deliberately, in a thoughtful manner, we discussed and debated options and we listened to our members. We created a safe space for our community to gather and socialize for 1 hour everyday – an escape from everything else going on in the world at the time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m the son of a pilot, so I was constantly on the move growing up. Different countries, different cultures – you learn that it is ok to leave your comfort zone, to choose adventure. As an adult, i have been in Houston for the past 25 years, mostly working in the energy/resource space – constantly challenged, failing on occasion but mostly succeeding. In Houston (& in life), if you are willing to adapt, hustle and develop authentic relationships, you can have a stable and rewarding career.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, i live in Woodland Heights and can walk to the First Ward/Arts District – I rarely leave this area. Houston city living is awesome….especially the weekends. Buchanan’s Native Plants – I love this nursery. Sometimes i go just to see what’s new and listen to music. Houston Ave is underrated. I especially enjoy joining friends at Rbar after a class, or sitting outside at Spring Street on the weekend. Jefferson Davis Hospital / Artist lofts. Cool looking building and haunted. Glenwood Cemetery. Lots of Houston history and views of downtown. Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern – Art and history in one place. Arts District – Lots of art studios and great people. Museum District – feed the eyes and brain. Theater District for a walk and a show. Saint Arnolds – Food, beer, view. The list goes on and on….
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our F45 Arts District community. It’s a wonderful and supportive group that probably don’t realize how much they mean to me. Visiting with our members during this pandemic, gave me strength and optimism. I can show up to any class and I know I will have a meaningful visit. When someone new tries our studio, I highlight just how special this community is and the culture they have helped create.