In researching the social media behaviors of millennials, Lauren discovered that the need for positive online role models was just as important (if not, more!) for young men as it is for young women. She teamed up with four inspiring fellas, that embody the collective spirit of what it means to be a Millennial Male in today’s digital society. Follow Colby, Wes, Eric & George on their adventures out of their comfort zones and into the world. #outtherebrocial
“There is just a simple beauty of staring at the marvel of where your roots come from.”
Our Out There Brocialite Eric takes us back to his roots, giving us a glimpse of how this young entrepreneur in the lunch room grew into a confident businessman in the real world.
I was born in Manhattan, raised in Queens. Which I’m so happy about because Queens is Gorgeous…always with a capital G after Queens. *Blatantly Bias* I began thinking about being Steve Irwin working with animals, however that fell short after SWAT team, then I wanted to be in the military…but ultimately I wanted to be the men in the Tailored suits and the nice rides, in the Financial District. I didn’t think about what they did, I just saw what I wanted to be. College came around I decided to try dentistry, and quickly changed to business. I have always been in sales. After all, in 6th grade my friend drew 5pg-8pg loose leaf comic books and I stapled them together and sold them at lunch for us at 10 to 25cents a pop depending on the # of pages. We bought a lot of extra brownies and chips that year LOL.
As Eric went on studying business, he came to realize what really mattered to him…
Eventually I realized that a Tailored suit did not make the person important. It is the “who” was wearing the suit that was important. I began to start asking “who I am”, then just let myself free fall in that thought process. Until I started to just follow what I enjoy doing with my time. Which are Business, Adventure, and People. Currently I am working with a company out in NJ, which was a second move. The first after college was located 45mins away from it. In the Bills Mafia world: Buffalo, NY. Yes I am a Bills fan at heart and soul. But also..Lets Go Giants!! Will be gearing up to make another Jump here for 2017!
Confidence is key when escaping your comfort zone. We asked Eric what the comfort zone means to him…
The comfort zone is a launch pad to rocket out of and into the start of your adventure. I truly understood I was out of my comfort zone when I first took an interest in speaking in front of people when I was younger. I was nervous, messed up a few times, but I got through it. Then it was practice practice practice. It taught me that new experiences are essential to developing character. Even if you are visiting somewhere for a day or a year, bump into a rando or have a friend for a couple months, a year, or your whole life. I believe everyone is there for a reason, for good, better or worse. You learn from it all.
Eric is a graduate of Fredonia state with a Bachelors degree in Marketing. This major milestone is cited as one of his proudest accomplishments, as well as the transition into what comes next…
Graduating college and becoming entirely independent was very important to me. This to me signified where my real learning began. My goal right now is to take a job that will allow me to travel Europe, and quite possibly live there for a year or two.
Speaking of travel, what destination is high up on your must-see list?
SPAIN. The best place I’ve ever visited is currently still my parent’s home country of Ecuador. There is just a simple beauty of staring at the marvel of where your roots come from. I can’t really name the worst place I went to visit, but I can tell you what airport I prefer not to take layovers at…(Chicago O’Hare ;P)
We sign off with Eric with a firm handshake and a shot of tequila.
Look out for more of Eric’s inspiration in the world of business, lifestyle and adventure on outtheresocial.com!