The Blog of Eric M. Ruiz

Conversations with myself about business, travel and football.

Entrepreneurial Lessons to Learn From Kanye West

Jay Z’s 2001 album The Blueprint is considered by many hip-hop fans and outlets to be one of the best rap albums of its time. USA Todayhailed the album’s production, granting it four stars and saying, “The musical backdrop here is more soulful than before, and Jay-Z’s sentiments have a harder edge.” The album cemented Jay Z’s place as one of the best rappers of the new millennium. Tracks like “Heart of The City” and “The.. Read More

The Oath; Put This On Your Wall, Write it Down, or Something

‘What is the oath? You wear that under no circumstances will you disobey, press charges or find fault with God and His gifts. You won’t shrink from life’s essential tasks or trials. Can anyone seriously compare the soldier’s oath with ours? They swear to honor no one more than Caesar; we swear to honor no one more than ourselves.’

 

Epictetus Discourses and Selected Writings

Fear of Missing Out

I used to think that I would never meet you. I think that’s what my anxiety and FOMO was. It was fear of missing out on you. Like you were out there and I was just one outing away from meeting you. As time went on I became more and more anxious, doubting that I’d ever meet you. But today more than ever, I am certain that our paths will cross. It was.. Read More

Hold On, I’m (Not) Going Home

Much of the summer sports hoopla has been around LeBron’s return to Cleveland. After four years and two championships in Miami, LeBron is coming home to the team that drafted him and the city that raised him. Going home is romantic, it’s sentimental and it’s nostalgic. But if you were to ask me, or new Chelsea signing Cesc Fabregas, you can never really go home.

It’s Your Ethical Responsibility to Be Fit

For the past few months, I have been working with Adam Gilbert on my diet and fitness. With his help I’ve added muscle and have become stronger. I have a way to go, but Adam has set me on the right direction. More importantly he helped me realize that it is my ethical responsibility to be fit and healthy.

Summer School For Entrepreneurs

(This post originally appeared on entrepreneur.com)   In high school, summer school had terrible connotations, like failing algebra. Summer school was always reactionary, used to make up course credits. You might be out of school now (some of us may have never needed it), but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the summer to check out new resources for training and reading. Summer school for entrepreneurs is now in session. Yes, I know it’s almost.. Read More

The (Wrongful) Pursuit of Happiness

“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.” -Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search For Meaning” If you ask any of my fellow alumni of The Great Recession what they want most out of life, chances are they will say that they “just want to be happy.”