We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Padilla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, what role has risk played in your life or career?
To me, risk taking is inevitable. On one hand, you can choose to play it safe and avoid taking risk. But then you risk being complacent and comfortable, unable to push yourself beyond the boundaries you have set for yourself. For me, leaving the restaurant industry was a huge risk because I had a great job with a great company in Orange County. However, as most people know, working in the restaurant industry can be taxing on yourself and your family. It wasn’t out of the ordinary for me to work 12-14 hour days, sometimes longer if there was a convention in town or a huge concert. So for me, I was risking this comfortable job but also risking the relationship with my wife and our son. So I took that risk and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am most proud of my team being resilient throughout the past year and a half of craziness and continuing to help our clients grow their businesses. It hasn’t been an easy journey but through continuous education, attending mastermind meetings, business coach keynotes and a desire to never work for someone else, I’ve tried my best to keep our company growing and moving forward. One of the earliest lessons that I learned was to never discount someone, ever. Take that meeting. have coffee with them for an hour. At worst, you meet a potential friend and hear some great stories for an a hour. However, if you manage to click with that person and find common ground between your businesses, you may help each other grow and prosper.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First, my itinerary would depend on what time of year they visited and where they are from. So for this question, let’s say it was from back east and they are visiting during summer. I’d pick them up from LAX and either head to Boyle Heights for a Hollenbeck Burrito from El Tepeyac or we’d swing by In N Out if they were in the mood for a burger. We’d head back to Orange County to visit Disneyland or go brewery hopping in Anaheim. Dinner that night would either be Pho 79 or Korean BBQ at Mo Ran Gak in the Westminster/Garden Grove area.
The next day we’d have breakfast burritos then head out to a Dodger game to catch some great baseball at one of MLB’s oldest stadiums. Post game would be either Philippe’s French Dip sandwiches or Langers for the best pastrami ever. Back to OC we’d go to catch a concert at the House of Blues and end the night at the Foundation Room, which is an awesome VIP area in the House of Blues.
The rest of the trip would revolve around hanging at a beach in Laguna, tacos or mariscos around Anaheim and maybe even some poker at The Bicycle Club or a day trip to Tijuana for some cheap and delicious tacos.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my circle of friends and family that believed in me from day one. My wife, my parents, my brother, my closest friends and family, even some of my old co workers and bosses were instrumental in my personal growth and development. I also want to give a shout out to the Brea Chamber of Commerce, all my Trusted Referral Partners and everyone else that I have met because of BNI. They all helped push me and motivate me to become a better version of me. One of my favorite quotes is from the late Nipsey Hussle. “If you look at the people in your circle and you don’t get inspired, then you don’t have a circle. You have a cage.” This quote really resonates with me and I continuously try and push myself so I can continue to level up, both professionally and as a father.