Interview with Entrepreneur and Social Media Sensation Alex Bostanian
Have you always wanted to be an Entrepreneur?
Being raised in a family full of Entrepreneurs, I definitely had the foundational principles instilled in me at an early age! I always knew I would start my own business/company at some point in my life, haha however my passion since birth has always been singing and acting(which is a business in and of itself)! It wasn’t until after I moved to Japan for school that my aspirations in life evolved, and I began to pursue different business ventures. Fast forward to today, my brothers and I own companies in various fields ranging from Entertainment/Media to Real Estate development to Health and Wellness.
What inspired you to start these companies, and what advice would you give others that want to do the same?
It all started several years ago, when I injured my neck in a gym related accident. I was in debilitating pain, desperately searching for something to help alleviate/manage the pain. After years of exploring conventional medicine, a friend of mine suggested I try Cannabidiol infused products. After thorough research I decided to give it a try. Upon first use my pain had drastically become more manageable! I couldn’t believe such an effective option had been right in front of me this whole time! That’s precisely when the concept for my company ShopElyxir was born. I wanted to create an all natural and organic alternative from seed to bottle- to help others manage their pain, and free them from the same anguish I suffered for so many years.
As cliche as this may sound, my advice to others is to do what you love! I created a company and product that I’m extremely passionate about, and am proud to put my name on. If you wouldn’t use the product or service yourself, don’t expect others to either..
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California for the most part of my life. However I’ve been traveling the world with my family since I was born, and have lived in various countries all throughout my life. Spain, Greece, France, and Japan to list a few.. I loved the time I spent in each country, as it allowed me to gain different experiences, and a new perspective on life! However the time I spent in Japan was probably the most valuable and personal, as it was the first country I moved to by myself. Japan will always hold a special place in my heart.What motivates you?
Challenging myself to create something new, to develop something that will positively impact humanity. I challenge myself everyday to be a better version of the person I was yesterday.
What would you say are the top three things needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
So many to list, but if I had to narrow it down to 3, I’d say.. Resilience, determination, and a quality that really should be applied to all aspects of life, discipline.
Are you close with your family?
Yes, extremely! Haha not only are my 2 brothers my business partners, but also my best friends. My middle brother graduated from USC in Engineering, and my youngest brother graduated from Pepperdine in Economics. So we all have diverse and valuable skills to contribute to our endeavors.
Have you made any mistakes you regret in business?
Humans are fallible in nature. We all make mistakes, whether it be in business or life! What sets us apart however is our courage to acknowledge, address, and learn from our mistakes, our resilience to recover from them, and our determination to persevere. The steps we take to rectify the situation, determines our true character.
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