Boye: In your book, I get this sense of wanderlust and drive to be your better self and live your dreams…and you’re actually doing it. What’s that like?
Alex: Thank you, that means a lot. Any entrepreneur out there chasing their dreams can relate to this which is, on the one hand, my dream wasn’t just to put out a book. It was to embed this message into the culture of our generation. There’s so much to do and there’s no tipping point. It’s just little steps, and pushing, and trying to make this dream a reality. It’s climbing a mountain. Even though the book has been out and has become a bestseller, it’s still a grind. A fun grind, but a grind, for sure.
Alex: On the other hand, I’m so grateful. This has been my dream for 7 years. Opening my email in the morning and seeing messages from readers around the world saying it’s impacted their life…I tear up, man. This isn’t a ‘how to get rich in10 quick steps’ kind of book. This was my life. My grandma’s in the book. It’s very personal. For it to resonate with people means so much on so many levels, which is why it’s so fulfilling.
Boye: In the in the book, it seems like you really fought to understand the right way to interview someone. Since the book has been released, where do you sit now with how you interview people?
Alex: It’s cool because the tables have turned. For 7 years I was doing the interviews. I was interviewing Bill Gates. I was interviewing Steve Wozniak. Now that the book is out, I’m being asked the questions. It’s fun, man.
Alex: It was a big honor to be interviewed by Larry King. He’s like Michael Jordan. What he does looks easy. It is an art that he has perfected, in a way. There’s a reason Larry King is Larry King. There’s a reason Kara Swisher is Kara Swisher. There’s a reason, whether you like his politics or not, Glenn Beck is Glenn Beck. These are the best in their craft. It’s been a big honor and giant learning opportunity for me to see the way they operate. I’ve learned a ton just being in the mix with them. And you know me, I love to learn. They think I’m here to promote a book, but I’m taking notes on their styles and it’s fascinating!
Boye: Tell me more about the people who are now trying to interview you? What’s it like now that people want to hear your story?
Alex: It’s a giant honor. I also have a ton more empathy for the interviewee. When I was 18 I hid in a bathroom for 30 minutes to track down Tim Ferris to get an interview with him for my book. Tim is way more established. My book has only been out for six months, but I already have a ton more empathy for a human being’s bandwidth. I understand why people were telling me “no” for 99% of this journey. You can only do so much.
Boye: Do you also have more empathy for the people trying to take your time?
Alex: I’m very cognizant of how fortunate it is to be in this position, and that’s why I don’t knock any of the hustlers out there starting their own podcast or doing their thing. But just because I understand where they’re coming from doesn’t mean I can necessarily say yes to everything. But, at the end of the day, I get it. They’re out there trying to make a name for themselves. Trying to do good, share wisdom, help people. So, I’m grateful they ask.