Spotlight: Antonio Ruiz

As part of Peer Perspectives‘ “Spotlight” blog series, we interviewed Communications Coordinator, Antonio Ruiz.

Ruiz recently joined the Strength In Peers’ Outreach Team in July 2017. His work involves managing and developing content for the organization’s events, social media, and website as well as collecting marketing analytics. Ruiz will also begin developing the monthly e-Newsletter beginning August 2017.

1. What would be the title of your autobiography?

I would like to say something inspiring like: “An Ongoing Journey.” However, if we are being realistic, it would probably be something like: “How Is This Man Still Alive?!”

2. When you have free-time, what do you like to do?

I’m always looking for the next hike to conquer or outdoor adventure to go on, when I’m not outside, I like to catch-up with friends, play the ukulele, or be a couch potato.

3. What three traits define you?

Integrity, adventurous, passionate

4. What is your personal philosophy

  1. Work Hard.
  2. Do the Right Thing.
  3. Seek those with hidden scars and show compassion.
  4. In the face of “NO!” – GET CREATIVE!
  5. Tear down brick walls.
  6. Spread Courage.
  7. Always be on the lookout for new adventures.

5. Where is your favorite place to be? Why?

Camp has a special place in my heart, over the past couple of years, I have volunteered at different medical camps of the SeriousFun Network. The kids and staff I’ve met in both locations (California and Colorado) have taught me valuable life lessons and shaped me into the person I am today.

6. How do you define success?

I see success as a never-ending staircase that leads you towards your ideal self. Each step forward is a small victory to celebrate; each drawback is a new opportunity for growth.

7. What advice would you give yourself at age 13?

Don’t be afraid to take risks, chances are you will fail, but you will always grow from the experience and come back stronger.

8. If you could have lunch with anyone, alive or passed, who would it be?

Elon Musk – I really need to have a conversation with him about artificial intelligence, robotics, space colonization, and all the things that seem distant but are not.

9. What is the best book you have ever read?

11/22/63 (Stephen King); Penpal (Dathan Auerbach); The Monkey Wrench Gang (Edward Abbey)