“If we’re going to do this, let’s make it amazing. I don’t want everything you and I do to be normal” – Rich told me when I first approached him about this interview.
It quickly dawned on me that it would be impossible to find a place in Vegas where the two of us could sit for a quiet editorial conversation; There is always someone who gets up and rushes to greet Richard Crighton when he enters a restaurant, hotel or just about any establishment in his hometown of Sin City.
I’ve wanted to interview Richard since I started following his real estate dealings as head of the Rothwell Gornt Companies, a popular Las Vegas brokerage that Richard and his brother Ryan grew from virtually unknown to a powerhouse in their own right.
Although I must admit that part of me wanted to delve into the mind of the successful businessman – given his impressive history and track record of rags to riches – when I got to know Richard , it was his human side that caught my attention, earned my respect and my sincere thanks.
Over cocktails overlooking the Strip, we talked for hours…about life, love and family, friendship, travel, and what it means to live a truly extraordinary life. I emphasized the importance of structure and planning, and he chided my arguments in the most off-the-cuff way possible, suggesting we get on a plane and fly to Arizona to do some rounds. bars. I had to go back to Austin the next morning and I still needed to finish my interview for this magazine.
Rich generously answered my questions. We said goodbye and the next night he sent me pictures of a random bar in Arizona, where he and one of his friends were having a drink and reminiscing about life, freedom and the pursuit happiness.
The following is a full transcript of my conversation with Richard Crighton, a man I consider a master in the subtle art of adventure hunting:
What is the meaning of life for you? What motivates you ?
As a youngster, I dreamed of a better life. When I was a kid, my entertainment was putting popsicle sticks in the gutter and following them down the street.
When I was a teenager, I bought a bunch of dry erase boards and wrote all my goals on them. I would watch them all night; My current existence is beyond anything I even knew existed. Now I have very simple goals… to establish a generational heritage for my family. To travel all over the world. Be a good person. I am a simple man.
What brings you joy and fulfillment?
All! I like to be nice to strangers. I like to be nice to my friends. You will find me smiling just sitting around looking around. I started from nothing. I consider myself an artist and my life will be my masterpiece.
Share with us a failure from which you learned a lot.
During the housing crash of 2007…everyone in my office was hurting. I was the main provider of money. Even though I was the only one with a wife and children, I decided to share my income with all the people who worked for me. I even prepared meals for them so that they had good food. This period marked me a lot mentally. But it’s only when you’re forced to face tough times that you find out what type of person you are.
Have you ever struggled with depression or anxiety?
Yes. In fact both. And it’s not something you can handle on your own. I went to see a psychologist for several years from the age of 18 to find ways to overcome my problems. I’m proud of myself for taking action so that I don’t live my life in fear or negativity.
How were you able to overcome these obstacles?
have you met me? I am living proof that anything is possible.
If you had to choose one last meal, what would be on your plate?
Anything as long as it’s with my friends.
Do you have friends who helped you when you needed it?
My brother Ryan Crighton and I are inseparable. No matter what.
Have you helped friends in need?
On countless occasions. However, I prefer to keep this private.