If I could start any movement that would bring the most amount of good to many people it would be called “Live and Love Your Life Movement”. I think that title would connect with so many people and get them motivated to start helping everyone that needed love and support. We need more of that currently in our country. Hopefully, I can trigger something positive:)
I had the pleasure to interview Eraldo Maglara NSCA-CPT, Author, Certified Trainer, Television Host and Executive Producer of “Unplugged with Eraldo” seen on the CW Philly.
Thank you so much for joining us! What is your “backstory”?
I believe everyone is born with a certain talent, purpose and destiny in life. My professional aspirations growing up evolved around two entities: Sports and Music. On the other hand, I also understood the value of a good education. Graduating with a business degree and marrying the love of my life at the age of 24, I quickly set aside my ambitions as a musically inclined athlete (if such a profession exists) and devoted myself to the corporate world for the next 20 years. However, deep down, I knew that my childhood aspirations would someday re-surface and in the 2008 I left the corporate world and went back to school to earn a degree in personal training, certified myself through the NSCA and started my own in-home personal training company. Subsequent achievements like authoring my own book and hosting my own television show for the past 3 years have shaped who I am today and how lucky and blessed I have been to have had an opportunity to live my dreams and aspirations. To quote one of my favorite television hosts of all time Oprah Winfrey “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”
Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your career?
In 1995, while I was in-between jobs (and on the advice from a friend of mine), I decided to test my modeling and singing talents by signing up to a regional talent contest held in New Jersey. At the time, I was not aware that this event would be judged by reputable agents on the east coast. After my modeling walk and performing one of my all-time favorite songs by Lionel Richie “Hello”, I walked over to my wife and said “this has got to be the most uncomfortable and painful experience I ever had to go through”. She replied, “If you finish anywhere near the top 3 in your individual group you should seriously consider making a career change”. As faith would have it, I not only finished 1st in both categories, but, I was signed to my first agency representation in New York City. This was the defining moment that permanently changed my career path going forward.
Can you share the funniest mistake that you made when you first started?
When you are just starting out as an entrepreneur, it is very important that you pay attention to all of the details…. even the small ones. About 5 years ago, before I had any aspirations of becoming a television host, I was focused solely on building my company’s personal training business. I great way to attract new customers and connect with your community is to hold a boot camp at a park or public facility and get people excited about the event. One of the many ways to advertise your event is to do an email blast. In other words, you acquire as many emails as you can and then you send out your event details through those addresses. On the day of the event, I go to the park early and I set up tents, music, food and promotional giveaways for my business. My event was scheduled to start at 9am and end somewhere around 11am. Everything went according to plans expect one thing….no one showed up. As you can imagine, I was sad, upset and frankly disappointed with myself for not doing enough to promote the event. Then, unexpectedly, like a brick falling out of the sky, I pulled out my email blast I sent out a month ago and proceeded to re-read (for the tenth time) my event details and, sure enough there it was in black and white, a mistake that will haunt me for as long as I can remember, instead of typing 8/9/2013 I typed 9/8/2013. Can you feel the pain now…enough said?
Can you share the lesson you learned from it?
I think you can learn a few lessons from this experience. Certainly, you can be more attentive and focused on the task at hand. You can set up tools to help you limit your mistakes. However, the most important thing I learned from my experience is no matter what you do or how many precautions you take mistakes are going to happen; just accept them for what they are and move forward. That is all you can do after all.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
The most interesting and exciting project I am working on right now is the development of my new television show “Unplugged with Eraldo” premiering on the CW Network Philly 57 on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 at 12pm. For anyone has ever fantasized of having his or/her show on a major network it is certainly a dream come true. I am blessed, thankful and fortunate enough to have been given this opportunity in the first place. Many individuals, unfortunately, are never given this chance. That is why I remind myself everyday of how lucky I am and what I expect of myself.
Who are some of the most interesting people you have interacted with?
Throughout my lifetime I have met thousands of people who have made a significant impact on who I am and the kind of man I am today. Some of the most inspiring individuals I ever met was on the set of my previous television show “Healthy Lifestyle with Eraldo”.
What was that like?
Having a platform where you are given the opportunity to sit and listen to individuals recall some of the most difficult and painful experiences they went through is something I will never forget anytime soon.
Do you have any stories about that?
I have many. However, one story that particularly hit me hard was that of a professional race car driver who struggled with bi-polar disorder and almost took his own life with a gun, luckily, when he pointed the revolver to is head it jammed and at that point in his life he realized the severity of his condition. One of the most moving and emotional stories I have heard.
What advice would you give to someone considering a career in television?
Having experienced a few job titles myself over the years, all I can say is find what you truly love and do it with passion and integrity. Furthermore, it’s important to surround yourself by supportive, honest people.
What advice would you give to your colleagues in the industry, to thrive and not “burnout”?
I think the most valuable piece of advice I can offer to anyone who is currently following in the same career path is… Balance everything you do. We as entrepreneurs are driven constantly every day to devote all of our time to our business. Consequently, when we implement that approach “day in and day out”, we tend to sacrifice many more things than we are aware of or willing to initially. If we can’t find that balance between work, family, friends and leisure we will most likely burnout and, certainly, not thrive.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I believe anytime you have an opportunity and access to a platform to deliver your message — you should. Furthermore, I think it is a moral obligation and duty for all of us to help as many individuals as we can. Having said that, I think my honesty and down-to-earth approach with my viewers has created a trust or a bond that means more to me than anything else. It is one of the greatest feelings you can ever experience. Bottom line, when individuals are faced with difficult or uncomfortable situations it is comforting to know that we can always turn to someone for help and guidance.
I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?
What motivates me the most, since I started this journey almost ten years ago, is the pure desire and passion to help as many individuals as I can live a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Being able to share my knowledge and my experience with my viewers and people I have trained and met over the years, gives me the drive to continue on this path for as long as I can.
Do you have a favorite book that made a deep impact on your life?
I have read a few books in my life that have made a significant impact on who I am today. Some of the classics like, To Kill a Mockingbird, Moby Dick and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However, one book that made the most impact on who I am today is the one written by Anthony Robbins titled “Unlimited Power”.
Can you share a story?
Growing up, I have always had a difficult time with speaking in front of an audience large or small. I always felt like I couldn’t communicate effectively or intelligently. My biggest concern was college and my professional career thereafter. I knew I had to do something to help myself and, most importantly, do it inexpensively. A friend of mine recommended Anthony Robbins book to me, I read it in one week (non-stop) and the rest, as they say, is history.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
First of all, thank you for the kind words. If I could start any movement that would bring the most amount of good to many people it would be called “Live and Love Your Life Movement”. I think that title would connect with so many people and get them motivated to start helping everyone that needed love and support. We need more of that currently in our country. Hopefully, I can trigger something positive:)
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why.
I think it’s universally known that anyone who has ever contemplated becoming an entrepreneur has had good reasons for doing so. However, I also believe, that if someone had spoken to me when I first started, I probably would have handled many of the challenges that come with being an entrepreneur much differently.
- Have a written plan and stick to it. I think when you first start out it is imperative that you have roadmap to follow in order to get to your destination. You never just get in a car and start driving; even navigation needs a starting point and an end point to function. When I first started, I didn’t have an actual written plan of my goals and objectives broken down into yearly, monthly and daily. I wanted everything all at once and it backfired on me.
- Embrace rejection. I have always been a very subtle individual (I firmly believe it’s embedded in my DNA). At times, I am able to handle situations with ease, while other times it takes me a little longer to process through. However, rejection (as I comprehend it better now) has morphed into something more positive than negative. For example, my departure from my previous show “Healthy Lifestyle with Eraldo” resulted in parting ways with my former production company. However, what resulted from that situation, was the birth of a new show called “Unplugged with Eraldo”, which is airing on a major television network. Embrace rejection…you bet!
- Be patient and believe in yourself. Back when I first began my solo career in 2006, I had high expectations and goals…everyone does. However, setting up an unreasonable time-frame to accomplish all my aspirations was foolish, irrational and almost cost me everything I have. That would include my financial nest egg, my sanity and my marriage. If someone had communicated that message to me back then, I would not be in this scenario today. What started out as a three-year plan turned out to be more of a ten-year voyage. My salvation was four-pronged: My wife, my spiritual belief, trust in who I am and patience.
- Perfect your craft. One of the most crucial errors individuals can make when they decide to become an entrepreneur is not educating themselves to perfect their craft. When I first started my company “Fitness Training by Eraldo” back in 2008, the continual piece of advice I was given by a few people was– Good luck with that! As someone who is not an advocate of luck, I did take the initiative to go back to school, get my diploma in personal training and a certification through the NSCA. However, what I was missing in those early days, was the pure obsession with perfecting my business and my craft to be different and unique from anyone else’s. You have to stand out from the crowd in order to be spotted.
- Balance your time. We live in a fast-forward world. For most people there aren’t enough hours during the day to accomplish your goals. Entrepreneurship certainly qualifies as a never-ending Ferris-wheel. You are invested 100% of the time…all the time. It is a must in order to prevail. Sadly, the sacrifices you endure overtime can have significant repercussions. Finding a balance between your work, family, friends and leisure is a critical component to the success of your business. Writing and publishing my own book back in 2012 -2013 was one of the most challenging and demanding projects I undertook. Would I do it again if I had the opportunity? Yes. Would I balance my time better this time around? You bet.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might see this. 🙂
Great question. There are many people who I respect as a person of substance, character and humility. Historically, if I could go back in time, it would be Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Elvis Presley. Currently speaking, the one person I would love to have breakfast or lunch with is Ellen DeGeneres. I am a great admirer of those individuals who sacrificed so much to reach the pinnacle of their profession. I also can sympathize with those who had everything, lost it all and then miraculously regained it all back and more. It truly speaks volume about a person’s character and determination to do what is necessary to make it in this world. I hope they see this 🙂
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My social media handles are as follow:
- Twitter: @EraldoMaglara
- Instagram: eraldomaglara
- Facebook: Eraldo Maglara
Originally published at medium.com