Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Eric Dagati, Founder of ONE Human Performance, located in Wayne, NJ, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I provide coaching and consulting services to improve fitness and performance for high-level teams and athletes.

Tell us about yourself

I have spent the past 20+ years in the fitness industry as a coach, trainer, and instructor. As someone who grew up playing sports and being a fitness enthusiast, my goal was to create a way I could empower others to be their best either on the field or off. Through constant and continual learning, I am always looking for new methods, approaches, and systems that I could leverage to create programs that allow my clients their peak potential.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I love education and teaching, so being able to travel the world to lead workshops and becoming a lead instructor for Functional Movement Systems and guest speaker for such prestigious organizations as Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York University Medical, the Navy SEALS, The Mayo Clinic and multiple major universities has been incredible.

I have also had the good fortune of training clients, including individuals who have been Olympic Gold Medalists, All-Americans, National Champions, World Series Champions, and Pro-Bowl athletes. And I also got to work with Tim Ferriss and appeared in his NY Times bestseller, "The 4-Hour Body".

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Every day you have to continue to grow and go out and earn your place in the world. New ideas and aspiring young competitors are constantly coming to try and replace you if you don't stay relevant and progressive.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Have a clear vision of what you want to be known as. You will inevitably have challenges and self-doubt, and without a compass to keep you tracking who and what you want to be, you can easily get side-tracked or quit.
  2. Value your time. Especially in service-based businesses, people are quick to do the math and figure out what they are paying you for your time. What needs to be understood is that you are not just paying me for the hour I'm spending with you now; it is for the countless hours I've spent to gain the expertise I have, as well as the hours I'm going to save you by giving you my solution.
  3. Get comfortable saying "NO." When you are good at something, you will have many opportunities thrown at you, and there just aren't enough hours in the day to do them all. I have lost way too much time trying to chase the fast income or "next big thing" opportunity that may have been beneficial in the short term but distracted me from my bigger mission and potential.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

There is no "one big break" or "overnight success." Every time I thought, "If I could just do THIS or get THIS, I will be set," I realized when I did or got that thing that as good as it was, there was still much more to do.

Where can people find you and your business?


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