We had the good fortune of connecting with eric rodriguez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi eric, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have had many financial independent friends and mentors. That was what struck me the most when I decided to pursuit my career in health and fitness, “financial independence” or better yet “financial freedom”. I had never heard those words spoken before. I picked a lot of brains and applied what some did into my own work/business and I have never looked backed. Now I am nowhere near being able to be very financially free or anything in that manner but being in control of how much I can make is all due to how much work I put in, of course. So no matter my situation I am in charge of how my week,month, year can be, profit wise, So I make sure to not slack off too often. If I don’t work then bills aren’t paid and there is no one to blame but myself. So that’ll keep a fire lit in yourself.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started out as an independent trainer and no other way. I had never worked at a gym or learned how to do the business of personal training. Luckily I crossed paths with Luis Lopez and he had already been through all the trials and errors of getting clients and building your clientele, so he passed those tactics down to me. Starting to build up my clientele was not easy at all! To put it in simpler terms I pretty much had to become a salesman, but not in a greedy “I am gonna scam you” way but I had to be comfortable at reaching out to people, get in front of them and get them to try my service, so it was frustrating, exhausting and also intimidating. No one wants to be rejected when wanting to sell a product or service but I am glad I had to learn the hard, old fashioned sales tactics to really get momentum going for myself. There has been non stop challenges along my journey. I’ve had my lights cut off, rent paid late, little to no groceries, losing clients here and there. It all came down to one thing CONSISTENCY! Consistently trying to create new business by setting up appointments, following up with old clients, or even prospective clients. All while maintaining my current business with good customer service and making sure to always be punctual and having good communication with all my clients. I learned that to keep up with all that you have to have a system to follow, that way you don’t miss a beat.
I’ve learned that the effort you put into your job, school, relationship, business or even fitness all boils down to mainly showing up, being curious and applying what you learn immediately! Its all about what you put into it and if things do not go your way or is working out then you have to always evaluate “did I do all that I can?” “was I really proactive at this?” because it wont get itself done on its own unless you put the effort in.
I really enjoy sharing fitness with those that really want to know how to achieve their goals. To transform someone and help them understand what variables go into getting healthier or more fit is very rewarding and it shows others that it can be done. .I also I love to simplify how to get there and hush up all the myths and misinformation that is out there.
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.
I live down the street from Monkey’s Tail which is a very energetic and a fairly new bar. Its easy to start at monkeys tail then hop on the Metro rail, which is walking distance from my house, and stop in downtown and see what is good to eat. Being in downtown will for sure have options for different places to eat. Such as the conservatory which has multiple restaurants under one roof. Also with the Metro rail you have easy access to different areas of Houston like east downtown, midtown, montrose and museum district! Each of those areas of Houston are very very unique and different to one another. I for sure love to go to midtown due to all the near by restaurants, bars, and clubs that you can easily walk to. A big bonus is the fact that you’re just on the entrance of downtown Houston so if you look up you can see the skyline and its pretty inspiring to me. Now if we go to a movie spot, which watching movies is a major hobby for me, then going to the Marquee off of i10 and Katy rd. is a great option. It has an assortment of different places to eat, drink and there’s a Dave and Busters on the same plaza. So you could literally spend a whole day there. These are some places I typically like to go to when I decide to actually leave the house.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have had many mentors that I am, to this day appreciative for: -Luis Lopez (Lopez Lifestyle) was the first to show me how to make a business out of sales ultimately and create momentum for how much you could potentially get paid. He taught me all this at 18 years old and I just did my best to “try” and see what happens, but I learned to just be consistent and always show up because of Luis.
– Marc Coffie was one of many successful entrepreneurs I had the pleasure to spend time with and work along side as well. His story of being a stay at home dad and working at a part time basis due to what his business was bringing in was a major eye opener for me and what I could do for myself if I just applied what Marc did.
-Roy Alcazar (Optimal Performance Training) This man has worked with me on the craft of personal training and how to properly and effectively train someone, better yet target a specific goal, whether its losing weight, muscle building, correcting a certain posture, leaning out etc. He really polished my knowledge on how to train the body efficiently.
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