Alejandro Mendieta Blanco (Alex) won what most businessmen would love to bring to their trophy room at 24, award to the entrepreneur of the year. Ten years later, we are revisiting his storey of ups and downs and where he is now.
The ups and downs of any entrepreneur
Alex is not a stranger to rough times, with no money, no English, and absolutely nobody understanding his struggle and a crazy amount of hard work paying off, moving to Australia alone at only 16. “Nevertheless, when Money.inc magazine interviewed as put in his own words, “I wouldn’t change the time of my life for something, it made me tough as nails and appreciative of what I have now,” he goes on to say, “nowadays when I have some seemingly major challenge either in life or in industry, all I do is remind me about those moments and let me know that I have no real issues with them.’
We are all well aware of those children who grow up in their mouths with the silver spoon or parents who are too defensive and bubble wrap their children end up being nothing more than wasted without any desire or too terrified to take any chances.
The tougher the fight, the sweeter the win
This is extremely true for all those who have chosen the field of business. Everyone has the wrong idea nowadays of social media. All that is seen is the triumph but never the war. Unfortunately, this brings all the young pioneers who are just beginning the wrong impression, assuming that all glamour, fast cars, luxury jets, and sexy models make it to the top. The reality, though, is far from that. The number 1 trade we have found after watching entrepreneurs for over 15 years from all walks of life is the desire to excel. When things get difficult, your resolve is what keeps us alive, and trust us that you will have plenty of tough times on the path to success.
“We are sure you’ve heard the saying “getting rich is easy, but staying rich is not” several times. In an interview with Men’s Health, when Alex was asked about that, his response was contrary to the standard. Alex said, “If it was easy to become rich, everyone would be rich.” “He then goes on to explain his point of view, “I don’t believe it’s easy to get rich at all, and by that, I’d like to emphasise the point that they don’t count as rich only because you know somebody who made any money and lost it and never got back up again! That was merely an error of chance. A truly rich person has a mentality and a range of talents that the poor do not possess, and they will live and prosper on us regardless of whatever ups and downs life throws at us.
Now, where’s Alex Mendieta?
It’s obvious that 10 years has changed his life; he’s gone from all work and no fun to enjoying a flamboyant lifestyle over the top that others admire. In a recent OK interview entitled “Interview with the Colombian Playboy,” Alex says how he decided some years ago that if one did not love life, there was no point in making all this money. “In his own words, “Some years ago… and it struck me like a slap on my face… I was wealthy, but I was miserable. I spent all my brief life just living! And he utterly forgot to enjoy life. But I went back to the drawing board and found that I could not only work hard but play hard as well. But I rearranged my working hours to work 70 hours a week now and yet party off my butt and do lots of enjoyable fun stuff.
What more wonderful and divisive news the flamboyant Colombian will have in store for all of us will only be told in the future.