Today we have an unusual guest on the Becomer…
Chris Ruggiero is a talented entertainer who has been spending the last years traveling the world entertaining audiences with his One Man Variety Show. He’s also recently been seen on Ellen. Along with his show, he wrote a book called JUST GO to share one simple message: If you want to make something happen in your life, just go!
In the following interview, he shares his story and how he made his dreams come true. He also gives you tons of tips to create the life you want, so let’s jump right into it.
Could you introduce yourself?
People mostly know me for my live performances. I created The One Man Variety Show and perform at events around the world. It has opened the door for me to also pursue a lot of my other interests. I wrote the book JUST GO, which is a collection of travel stories and essays to help readers create an awesome life. I host a podcast where I interview other entertainers and interesting people I meet along my travels. I am obsessed with learning new things and discovering new ways to connect and interact with people. Oh and my name is Chris Ruggiero.
How do videos helped you build your business?
Videos are essential in my business. As an entertainer, 99% of the people who book me have never seen my show in person. They’re basing their decision on my promo materials on my website. A huge part of their decision is based on my promo video.
I also do some travel vlogging to share a behind the scenes look at what I do while on the road. This year, I plan on doing even more of this to help build a following.
How can people create an adventurous life?
Start doing something that you’ve been thinking about. We all have tons of ideas in our head, but we rarely (if ever) act on them. We’re paralyzed by fear… or paralyzed by something. Often I’m not limited by a lack of anything, but an excess. There’s too many options, too many interests, too many ideas. The only thing that matters is that you start. Details always work themselves out after you take that first step. In my book, JUST GO, I discuss this idea at length. It comes down to this. Stop thinking about it and make it happen. Just go.
What does it take to be successful?
I actually don’t like this word because what does it even mean? Making a million dollars? I don’t have a million dollars (yet), but when I do I’m sure people will say I’m successful. But for me, it all depends on how I get there. If I have to work 20 hours a day doing something I don’t really enjoy to make a million dollars, then I don’t see that as a success.
To answer the question honestly, I have no idea. I don’t really view success as some sort of finish line that one day I’ll make it to. I simply work at what I enjoy every day and try to get better every day.
If I can keep doing what I enjoy doing and people continue to pay me for it, I think I’ll look back on my life and see it as a success.
Could you explain how one moment can change everything?
We’ve all had a phone call or email that changed our day… or life. I live in small moments and get excited about every email that comes in. Each of them could be an opportunity to take things to the next level.
For me, when I was still performing part time, I got a phone call to go on a tour to perform for the troops overseas with a group of NFL cheerleaders. As you can imagine, I was never expecting that call, but it was a total turning point for me. It showed me that my craziest dreams can come true and I can make a living traveling around the world and performing.
As we get older, it’s easy to lose some of the drive we had when we first started. I just try to remind myself I got to this point by hustling and constantly improving, so if I want the next big thing to come, I’ve got to keep going… one moment at a time is all we can do.
How can people get opportunities?
Opportunities are everywhere. They’re in the air you’re breathing. They’re in every person you meet. They’re in every website you visit. They’re constantly raining down around us. The problem is that most of us are running around trying to catch the ‘rain drops’ in a tiny coffee cup. The question is, How do we catch more? Most of us don’t want to work harder or run around faster trying to catch them, so what we need to do is increase the size of our cup. We can do this by learning new skills, meeting new people, expanding our perspective by traveling, or simply experiencing new things. I’ve realized the more I put myself out there, the bigger my ‘cup’ gets and I can get to a point where opportunities actually seem to be seeking me out instead of the other way around.
What are your favorite online resources?
Squarespace is amazing for building your own websites and landing pages. I tweek and build new pages almost every day and I love their platform and customer service. I’ve given them so many customers because I’m always raving about them, they should really start paying me!
Adobe Creative Cloud is pretty sweet as well. I use Audition to edit my podcast and record voice overs for custom videos, Photoshop to create graphics, Premiere to edit videos.
Who inspire you most and why?
There are big names that inspire me. Mostly people who are creating a really cool life for themselves like Anthony Bourdain, Tim Ferriss, James Altucher, etc, but on a more personal level, I’m mostly inspired by the people I meet while traveling and the audiences that come out to see my live show. I quite literally couldn’t do what I’m doing without the people who come out to the shows, so I am constantly working on improving what I do to deliver them a memorable experience, because they give me their valuable time and I want to give them something just as valuable in return.
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