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S8E2: Chris Ruggiero — Juggling Business

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In this interview, juggler Chris Ruggiero talks about going after your dreams and the pros and cons of doing everything in your business yourself.

Chris is a juggler, magician, and general daredevil who stays busy traveling the country performing his show where nothing is off limits! He’s recently been seen on The Ellen DeGeneres show, has published a book on following your dreams entitled Just Go, and a man of my own heart, he also has a podcast where he interviews other entertainers he’s met in his adventures!

Plus, he gives the most exuberant high fives I’ve ever seen!


Top of the Show News

Night of Comedy and MagicIn a week, I’m going to be traveling up north to visit some friends and take part in Phil Ackerly’s Night of Comedy and Magic to support our troops. I’ll be performing strolling magic before the stage show (That features Phil Ackerly, Christian Cagigal, and Ryan Kane). Come out to support our troops and to say hi! I’d love to meet you if you’re up in that area! Click on the flyer to the right for more info.


Interview with Chris Ruggiero:
Success Mantra

It takes the same amount of effort to struggle as it does to thrive and succeed.


In Business, Should You Do Everything Yourself?

• It helps you know what you should outsource or not.

• When you do end up outsourcing, you know more about the task at hand than you would if you hadn’t tried it out yourself first.

• Often times you’ll find things that you really love doing.

• How to know when you need to outsource something.

• Investing in yourself like in courses, specialized training, and coaches.

• Mastermind groups.


Chris’ Other Creative Ventures

chris ruggiero podcastChris Ruggiero Podcast — a show where variety entertainer Chris Ruggiero interviews other entertainers he meets in his adventures. In this show you’ll find incredible stories that will leave you intrigued, inspired, and ready to live your own dreams. He’s interviewed entertainers like Justin Flom, Jeff Civillico, Brett Loudermilk, and Barry Friedman.

just go by chris ruggieroJust Go: Adventures Of A Traveling Entertainer And A Guide To Living Your Dream — In his debut book, Chris Ruggiero shares personal stories of being a traveling entertainer and offers tips and advice to create an adventurous life most people only dream of. The book is a collection of small and easily digestible essays.

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Other Topics Covered

• Getting things done now rather than later.

• Getting to comfortable.

• Talks about his beginnings as an entertainer.

• Inner doubt whether you’re “good enough” to be an entertainer. AKA The Impostor Syndrome.

• Individually connect with people in the crowd during your performances.

• Working with agents and how he got his first agent by doing some showcases.

• This is the best time to be living in regards to building an audience and not having to ask permission to do something.

• How Chris wrote his book.

• Physical vs. digital publishing.

• Persistence.

• Be good and keep showing up.

• Whatever gets scheduled, gets done.


Failure Moment

Tells about a time on a unicycle where he took a nice little spill during a show.


Favorite Success

His recent appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show.


Biggest Pro Challenge

Staying focused and on task.


Parting Advice

Don’t wait to start something you’ve been thinking about. Take your first step today.


Recommended books and resources:

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A camera, on your phone or otherwise.



How to be like Walt by Pat Williams

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher

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Other Resources Mentioned During Show


Barry Friedman’s Showbiz Blueprint

Michael Hyatt’s Blog and Platform University

Dave Ramsey

Where can we find Chris Ruggiero?


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