“For me growing up the best thing my parents did for me was ‘it was ok to make mistakes, it was ok to have failures but it was never ok not to try’ and I think we have to encourage kids to try everything.” – Bill Rancic
THE GUY CORNER NYC: I started to lose my hair in my early 20’s. When did you start to lose your hair and start to notice that and how did it affect your public life as well as your private life as well?
BILL RANCIC: Well it was a very similar story to you. It happened in my early 20’s and in the beginning I was in denial. I would look in the mirror and I would see what I wanted to see not necessarily what was reality. Then one day I was looking at some photos and I almost didn’t recognize myself and I was startled because my hair was really thinning. That was a wake up call and I thought am I going to throw my arms up in the air and give up or am I going to fight like hell. I looked at all my options and certainly ROGAINE was the best option for me because I don’t like to spend a lot of time and it is so easy. 2-3 seconds in the morning, 2-3 seconds at night and I am done. Fortunately it worked for me and the numbers are really impressive it works in almost 9 out of 10 guys who try it, it regrows hair so those are pretty darn good odds.
TGCNYC: Can you share some of your best advice for guys who, like yourself, like myself as well as many men feel let down because of their loss of hair and confidence?
BR: It doesn’t have to happen and that’s the thing. In this day and age, with all the advancements in companies like Johnson & Johnson who manufacture ROGAINE there is help and that is my point today and why I am spending the day talking to folks. You don’t have to lose your hair. It does have an impact on your confidence. I just read a recent survey and the majority of the guys who were thinning it had a real impact. It rattled them. It was affecting their dating life. It affected their confidence in the office and their over all confidence. For me it was a no brainer.
TGCNYC: What are your 3 tips for growing your game in the new year?
BR: 1. You have to be able to recognize opportunities but also seize it. A lot of us go through life day in and day out and we see opportunities around us and then December 31st comes and we look back and we haven’t accomplished anything because we didn’t step up reach out and grab those opportunities that were in front of us so that is very important. Secondly you have to be agile you have to be willing to adjust your game. You have to be willing to leave your comfort zone and say ‘Wait a minute’ the world is changing around me. I need to adapt, I need to react otherwise I am going to become extinct. 3rd its about risk, taking that risk, managing that risk and converting the risk into success.
TGCNYC: Congratulate you on your now 16 month old son Duke. Recently you took a trip to Tahiti for Thanksgiving and started to teach him how to swim. How as a family man and as a dad, how was that experience for you, your wife and as well as your son?
BR: Well I tell you what, I think being a dad now that definition has changed dramatically over the last decade. Not only with me but with a lot of my buddies the dad takes on a much bigger role and there is no defined role of father and mother. I change diapers, I get up in the middle of the night and make his bottle. I do all that stuff and my wife does the same and we do things as a team where as perhaps in the 70s and 80s there were very defined roles what the mother and the father did so I like the new way of parenting and for me I want to be as active and involved as possible with my son and that’s my game plan. I want to be coaching the team, driving him to school. I am going to go to Parent Teacher Conferences and all the things that my wife does.
TGCNYC: You wrote a book “Beyond the Lemonade Stand,” to help educate and motivate the youth to value money. What is one piece of advice you can give to a young person who is looking to start their own venture?
BR: It is really impressive, their creative thinking is remarkable but my advice would be to the parents because they say there are two ways you can ruin your kids. Obviously you neglect them of the basics in life or you give them everything and I see a lot of parents giving their kids everything and not making them work for anything and I think that’s a real problem when they become adults. For me growing up the best thing my parents did for me was ‘it was ok to make mistakes, it was ok to have failures but it was never ok not to try’ and I think we have to encourage kids to try everything. Whether its basketball, whether its trying the guitar, whether its taking on a club or reading a book. You may not like it and it may not be good for you but at least you will have tried it and that was the most important thing for me.