Spotlight on Alex Myers

Meet Alex Myers: Student entrepreneur and world traveler, Alex is a Next Gen volunteer who is passionate about growing with others through their entrepreneurial journeys.

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What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever been given, and how has it contributed to your career?

The best piece of advice I have heard was from Kobe Bryant during his Icon Award speech at the ESPY's in 2016. He said, "rest at the end, not in the middle." I have applied this to my life in so many ways just as so many other entrepreneurs. It is so easy to give up or "rest" when things get tough or uncomfortable when starting a business or in any facet of ones’ life. It is through hardship and adversity people are able to see their true character and relay that into their businesses. When I get put in these tough situations in business or in my life I refer back to Kobe's quote and realize the time to rest is not now.

In what ways do you support your personal development?

I am a firm believer that everyone in this world has a story to tell. It is through telling these stories that people can educate and connect with others. One of the biggest ways I support my personal development is through connecting with others. I got the opportunity to meet and connect with so many amazing people at NGS 2019. Hearing each person’s entrepreneurial journey and what they have experienced and accomplished thus far amazed and inspired me. This group of young and successful entrepreneurs constantly ask what they can do to help you before asking what you can do to help them. Hearing fellow Next Gen attendee’s stories helped inspire me to set higher goals, grow my network, and develop my business ideas.

What was your most life-changing experience?

Last year I was partaking in an ice breaker with fellow classmates. After introducing yourself, you had to tell a fun fact about yourself. After thinking for several minutes, nothing really big came to mind as a “fun fact.” This stuck with me and I knew I had to do something to change that. So I decided to challenge myself to do something that I considered monumental each year. I decided that the first thing that I would do is study in Spain for six months. These six months turned into the most life-changing experience of my life. I was able to visit ten different countries and twenty different cities in Europe during this time. I was exposed to different cultures, languages, and experiences that shaped me in many different ways. These travels gave me a different perspective on life. This commitment to challenge myself to take on monumental events has changed me and will continue to shape my future.

Words you live by: Time is simply how you live your life.
Best trip you ever took: Safari in Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Apple or PC: Apple!!!!

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