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Speaker Urges Local Businesspeople to Follow Their Passion

Dom Famulara
Joseph Franciscone of Wells Fargo Advisors

SHORT HILLS, NJ – Empowering yourself to follow your dreams was the theme of the evening as guest speaker Dom Famularo engaged the crowd at the Multi-Chamber of Commerce Networking Event on Tuesday. Participating Chambers included Millburn-Short Hills, Livingston Area, Maplewood, North Essex, South Orange and West Orange.

Famularo, a world-renowned drummer, teacher, author, and motivational speaker, has travelled to 64 countries to share his music and his message of self-empowerment.  His longtime friend and student, Joseph Franciscone, Financial Advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC of Short Hills, introduced him to the gathering as “a man who started as my drum teacher, and became a mentor, a friend, and more.”

Famularo described the passion he developed early in life for playing the drums. Although his first band, at age 11, could only play one song, they played it over and over, and improved. He practiced constantly, became a better drummer, and in turn, joined better bands, got better gigs and made more money, which he reinvested in more lessons and self-improvement.  This success is what inspired him to begin motivational speaking and to write the book, “The Cycle of Self Empowerment.”

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“Even after all these years of performing and teaching, I am myself still a student, of drums and of life,” Famularo said. He stresses the importance of always trying to gain more knowledge and more experience, the two building blocks of wisdom.

He believes there are three types of people: “Wave Makers,” who make things happen; “Wave Riders,” who wait, watch and jump on the waves that look good; and then the people who spend all of their time “looking for the beach.”  Famularo contends that it all comes down to choices: choosing to be positive rather than negative; choosing to see challenges rather than problems; and “choosing to rise to meet the challenges.”

The next month will see Famularo continuing his globe-trotting ways, with visits to Dallas, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Belgium. When asked what the ratio of his time is spent devoted to music vs speaking engagements, he replied, “What used to be 80-20 music to speaking has lately edged towards 60-40.”

Joe Franciscone summarized the evening, which began with a beautiful rendition of the national anthem by singers from the Paper Mill Playhouse, and concluded with time for socializing and networking, by saying, “It was a great night, and great to have my friend Dom out here.” To learn more, visit

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