My Entrepreneurial Life: Alan Stein Jr.
Each month I feature my favorite business owners to gain insight on what they've learned throughout their entrepreneurial life.
I consider myself, at least on most days, a motivated individual. But there are friends in my circle who take motivation to the next-level.
Alan Stein, Jr. is one of those people. Alan is a world-renown basketball performance coach, corporate speaker, podcast host and social media influencer. He has spent the past 15 years working with the highest performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant).
Alan now spends most of his time delivering high-energy keynote performances to develop genuine leadership, authentic team cohesion and true mental toughness. In simple terms, Alan teaches organizations how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes and coaches use to perform at a world-class level.
I personally witnessed Alan deliver one his powerful and motivational speeches during the 2017 NCAA Final Four weekend in Phoenix last March. I've attended numerous speeches while attending coaches conferences and events through the years. Alan's talk was different. It wasn't a speech. It was a masterful storytelling session.
I'm honored to feature Alan in my first My Entrepreneurial Life post. Enjoy.
What was the inspiration for starting your business?
After 15+ years in the basketball performance space, I was ready to serve a new audience and share my message with folks outside of the four walls of a gym. I wanted to take the myriad of life lessons I had learned from many of basketball's top performers and highest achievers and share them with the corporate world with the goal of helping them improve their performance, cohesion and accountability.
What was the response from family and friends when you told them of your plans to start a business?
Full support and encouragement!
Every entrepreneur has some level of doubt about their start-up idea. How did you overcome it and put it into action?
A sound work ethic, razor sharp focus on my purpose, a positive mindset and an unwavering commitment to my craft ensured my confidence always outweighed my doubt.
What’s your favorite advice for first-time entrepreneurs?
Know who you serve and what problems you solve. Because 'it ain't about you, it's about them' (the customer or client).
What do you believe to be the biggest misconception about being an entrepreneur?
I think most believe that an entrepreneur doesn't work for anyone. Which is a HUGE misconception. They work for everyone! They work for their employees and for their customers/clients!
Who or what do you draw inspiration from?
I'm inspired to leave a positive legacy... and in some small way... leave the world and the people in it... slightly better off from my existence.
Tell us something your employees don't know about you.
I learned how to tie a tie on YouTube.
Favorite Social Media platform.
Best book you've read on entrepreneurship.
UnLabel by Marc Ecko.
Favorite productivity app for your busy entrepreneurial life.
Headspace Guided Meditation.
A movie every entrepreneur should watch.
Learn more about Alan by visiting his website.