We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Chow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, what do you want your legacy to be?
The topic of legacy is a powerful one. At 18 years old, I was an academically
intelligent yet undecided major attending community college. The “adults” in
my life were constantly asking me, “Eric, what do you want to be when you
grow up? What do you want to do?” I never knew how to answer that question, so I asked one of my friends and now-mentors about it. He told me to ask myself: “How do you want to live? Who do you want to be?” I went home that night and realized that when I thought about what I wanted to do, I pictured an infinitely long list of job titles, none of which seemed particularly desirable. As I thought about how I wanted to live, the kind of person I wanted to be, and by extension, the impact I wanted to have and the legacy I would want to leave behind, I pictured a large, blank canvas and a paintbrush in my hand.
I want to be remembered as a family man. Someone who honored his parents
and his wife at the highest level, loved and supported his sister, and raised
some incredible children. I am not married yet, nor do I have children, but I
intend to give them the world unfiltered. I want them to see how beautiful the
world is, in all its imperfection. I want them to see how amazing people are,
in all their imperfection. And I want them to see me, in all my imperfection,
yet always striving to be better and to make a positive difference.
I want other people to know me as someone who cared and loved deeply,
who went out of his way to support people, who lived a successful life by
helping people, rather than on the backs of them. Someone who designed and
lived a life according to his values and principles which he refused to
compromise on, and always looked out for others.
I want to be remembered as a creator of reality, a dreamer through and through, as someone with the seemingly magical ability to help someone make their dreams come true. Whether it is through my time, finances, network, credibility, knowledge and ability, or through my support emotionally, physically, mentally, and perhaps even spiritually, I want to be someone who created reality, and in doing so, made the world a better place with fulfilled people doing their highest work.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am currently the Chief Consultant of the public relations firm Mashman
Ventures. We specialize in helping people who want to be followed,
in-demand, and respected to build unrivaled personal brands. Most public relations companies focus on traditional strategies designed for large corporations and celebrity names, but we believe that today’s world gives more people the opportunity to leverage unique strategies to position themselves with their personal brands in the marketplace for maximum results, faster growth, minimal expenses, and long-term success.
The journey of building any business that has gotten anywhere is not an easy
one. It’s a journey with ups and downs. But it wasn’t particularly a difficult journey for me. My spirit has not wavered. Perhaps it is because this isn’t my first business, and because of my personal growth over the past few years, but when we fall short, we just get right back up. It isn’t easy, but it’s just what we do. What helps is having great people around you who are along for the ride. I don’t own Mashman Ventures, but I am the right-hand man to the founder and CEO, who created the culture & environment for strong intrapreneurship. Our team is on the journey together, and we are constantly encouraging each other along the way. What I would want the world to know has little to do with me or my brand, I just want people to know that they can do more, be more, and live more.
They just have to figure out what that means for them, why they might want to strive for more in life, and then how to do it. And if Eric Chow and/or Mashman Ventures can be part of the journey, if we can help them build the brand they need to succeed, they just need to reach out.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The first task is to take my best friend just outside of East Los Angeles to introduce them to my grandmother. I would love to have them get to know each other, the sweet and wonderful and hard-working lady that she is. I would also introduce some of my other extended family. If any of them were so inclined, perhaps we’d get a home-cooked meal, and my friend would be blessed with one of the best meals of their life. Otherwise, we’d probably find some local small business nearby to eat at, one of the ones that I used to go to as a kid and never quite managed to remember the names of.
My best friends and I are dreamers, so we would go to Beverly Hills or Calabasas to dream-build looking at the beautiful homes and cars, to Hollywood to think about the future of our business, and head down to Venice Beach and Santa Monica for a sunrise or sunset.
I suppose that if my best friends and I were in Los Angeles together, it would suffice to say I would show them where I spent my time growing up in East LA, and what our future might look like if we choose.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many incredible people I can shout-out, who I will celebrate until the day I pass, but I’ll give a few here. First, I want to give a shoutout to my incredible parents. I’m pursuing a very different path than they did, but I am blessed with parents who care and love deeply, who have set an incredible example of hard work and family first. Perhaps I am biased, but I do believe that in me, they have raised a decent human being who believes in himself and his ability.
Second, I want to thank two of my closest friends today: Isaac Mashman and Lahar Dalal. Both are men who I admire and look up to, which I feel is an incredible way to feel about one’s friends. Sometimes I can’t help but look at their contacts in my phone and think about how incredible it is I have people like them in my life, and how I really did get lucky. My growth these past few years is largely in part to these two men, and to the opportunities I have been able to seize as a result of their kindness.
Finally, I want to give a generic thank you to the many heroes out there, both those on stage and those unsung. I listen to a lot of stories on a daily basis, and even share some of those conversations through my podcast. Every one of those stories is an inspiration. It’s one more reason to step forward in life. So to anybody who cares for their family and for people, who strives to be a better them, here’s a shout-out to you for being awesome. You have no idea who you’re encouraging.
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