“we have way more control over our own happiness than we’ve been led to believe.

None of us are broken or flawed. We are all human and have our unique challenges.”

Meet the team:

Josh Ritcher

A lifelong problem solver with over 20 years of experience in television production, most notably 15 seasons as the Art Director for ABC’s Shark Tank. I’ve always sought creative solutions to life’s challenges and problems.

In my late 30s however, I was falling apart personally. The crash of my tech startup outside my TV job left me with debilitating debt, depression and anxieties. Alcohol quickly became my escape from the pressure, leading to two trips through rehab. Where I was also handed the diagnosis of bipolar.

On August 30, 2016, in an alcohol-fueled depressive state, I almost jumped off the Sony Pictures studio parking garage before work. All to numb the constant belief that I’d become a failure in life and to silence my shame.

What saved me, I believe, was a tiny question… Could I maybe rebuild myself if I understood how my brain and emotions actually functioned? This question stoked the flames of my problem-solving brain. Turning to neuroscience and thought reframing, I eventually discovered the massive control we actually have inside our minds.

Today, I’m deeply passionate about helping others discover this control within themselves. Through my book and globally progressive projects like co-founding Brio, we can all connect with undiscovered parts of ourselves, choosing to live wildly fulfilling and peaceful lives.

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Josh Ritcher

A lifelong problem solver with over 20 years of experience in television production, most notably 15 seasons as the Art Director for ABC’s Shark Tank. I’ve always sought creative solutions to life’s challenges and problems.

In my late 30s however, I was falling apart personally. The crash of my tech startup outside my TV job left me with debilitating debt, depression and anxieties. Alcohol quickly became my escape from the pressure, leading to two trips through rehab. Where I was also handed the diagnosis of bipolar.

On August 30, 2016, in an alcohol-fueled depressive state, I almost jumped off the Sony Pictures studio parking garage before work. All to numb the constant belief that I’d become a failure in life and to silence my shame.

What saved me, I believe, was a tiny question… Could I maybe rebuild myself if I understood how my brain and emotions actually functioned? This question stoked the flames of my problem-solving brain. Turning to neuroscience and thought reframing, I eventually discovered the massive control we actually have inside our minds.

Today, I’m deeply passionate about helping others discover this control within themselves. Through my book and globally progressive projects like co-founding Brio, we can all connect with undiscovered parts of ourselves, choosing to live wildly fulfilling and peaceful lives.

Shane Passantino

With a vibrant history spanning over two decades in film and TV production, I’ve had the privilege of contributing to notable productions such as Transformers, Thor, Shark Tank, and Storm Chasers. This journey began in my high school years, where I kicked off as a camera operator for a CBS news affiliate.

Beyond the realm of the camera lens and art department, my adventures as a seasoned world traveler have enriched my perspective. I aim to not only listen but to inspire and challenge individuals to step beyond their comfort zones, illuminating a new light that underscores the authentic values of personal relationships, humility, dedication, and creativity.

My fulfillment tends to derive from the fairly silent moments that I choose to acknowledge in-between the minutes that tend to overshadow time.  I value the precious opportunities that I share with my “dream girl” (wife), our son, family, close friends, and when I can find an opportunity to paddle out with my thoughts and gratitude.  These aspirations embody a shift in my perspective, valuing self-care for longevity, clarity, and new perspectives while cherishing/creating meaningful moments.  

As co-founder, my dedication lies in infusing our Brio community with this adventurous spirit. Together, we strive to seamlessly blend creativity and wellness, inviting you to embark on this transformative journey together.

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