In addition to being great speakers, Bill and Giuliana Rancic are an amazing couple and successful entrepreneurs. In this excerpt from our Beyond Speaking podcast, we get into how that came to be.
Brian Lord: You've done a lot of different things. You own real estate, RPM restaurants, G Clothing Line, a wine line, everything. What is it like finding and marrying another entrepreneur?
Giuliana Rancic: It's good! In the beginning, I knew I was marrying an entrepreneur, but I don't think Bill knew he was marrying one. I wasn't really much of an entrepreneur when we first met about 13 years ago. Being married to Bill certainly changed my perspective of business and I started to look at things differently. I became an entrepreneur from being around Bill by watching him, learning from him, getting his advice. It's never too late to become an entrepreneur.
Bill Rancic: I agree with that and I think Giuliana has always had it in her. She has an incredible work ethic. She started hosting television shows and would begin her day at 4:00 in the morning and end her day at 10:00 at night much like I did when I was first starting my businesses. You have to be willing to do what other people are not willing to do. That means getting up earlier, staying later, putting the time in, and making the sacrifices. She definitely had the work ethic and that's really a key ingredient to become a successful entrepreneur.
Brian Lord: Do you have a favorite business out of these? The one that's maybe the most fun or comes the most easily to you?
Bill Rancic: The most surprising one is the RPM Restaurant Group. I think that's something that, initially, we were doing just more as a kind of a hobby. And not even a hobby, I was really pursuing it just to appease Giuliana because she wanted to resurrect all these recipes that she and her family brought over from Naples, Italy. Initially, the concept was gonna be a little 50 seat restaurant. Next thing I know, we've got a 12 thousand square foot restaurant, then we have two, then we have three, and we're about to have six of them total. It really took off. I think the other thing that I've really been impressed with, too, is Giuliani's new skincare line. She just launched an all-natural skincare line.
Giuliana Rancic: For me, that's definitely the one I'm most passionate about. I love them all, but, I just launched a skincare line called Fountain of Truth and that came from finding a white space in the marketplace that I was frustrated with: clean, yet effective, skincare. I was going into my early 40s, and I had the fine lines and discoloration. issues that a lot of people deal with. I wanted to use clean skincare because I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and it really changed what I was putting on my skin and what I was putting in my body. I found a lot of great clean skincare, but it really didn't do much for wrinkles and fine lines. I found a lot of stuff that was great for fine lines, but it wasn't clean. That's how Fountain of Truth came about. So that's kind of a classic story of how you hear about some of the best ideas come from, really-
Bill Rancic: Necessity.
Giuliana Rancic: -existing and necessity. Exactly. So for me, that's been a joy. I just launched it and it's been incredible so far. That's really my focus right now.
Listen to the full interview here: https://gopod.me/beyondspeaking
Bill is the author of several books including Beyond the Lemonade Stand: Starting Small to Make it Big! and I Do, Now What?: Secrets, Stories, and Advice from a Madly-in-Love Couple. To order copies in bulk for your event, please visit Bulkbooks.com.