Published on August 8th, 2022 | by Charles Myambo0
“They Don’t Want To See You On Top” – Alec Martin, @astylealive
Alec Martin (@astylealive) is widely regarded as one of the most successful young CEOs in the world to date. He is extremely multifaceted considering he is an award-winning entrepreneur, credit specialist, investor, philanthropist, designer, artist, music producer, actor and brand influencer all in one. Alec is an IMDb recognized actor and has received several accolades for both acting and music career. At present, he is the esteemed CEO and founder of the global fashion brand known as “A Style Alive”. As an influencer, he is as credible as they come taking into account that he is verified on every big social media platform. “A Style Alive” is verified on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook among many other social media platforms. The Hype Magazine’s international correspondent, Charles Myambo (CM) caught up with Alec Martin (AM) and below are excerpts from their conversation.
CM: The depth in your credentials is simply mind boggling. How on earth do you excel in several seemingly different disciplines such as being an actor, entrepreneur, credit specialist, brand director, investor, designer and record producer?
AM: Yes, I am the type of person that tries to learn as much as I can and be great at them all. Holding these types of skills are a great way to keep the mind busy and being another person that can assist in the field if required. Each of these skills have its own time and can be adjusted as needed.
CM: Walk me through how you felt when you purchased your first Bentley and did that come as a form of validation for you?
AM: Honestly, it felt like another purchase actually. I wasn’t over the top excited like I was when I purchased my first ever car, but I was proud that I was able to crack the next level of what they call “bracket”.
CM: The notion of success without trials is a fallacy especially considering how prevalent naysayers are in life. How do you avoid succumbing to the negativity?
AM: Naysayers and haters are a part of everyone’s journey. They don’t want you to win. They don’t want to see you on top. They talk negatively and pray for your downfall. I personally don’t feed into that stuff. I’m very big on energy and I just go with what the universe throws at me. I’m not the one to feed into the negativity.
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CM: Being a businessman, I am sure you are always planning and projecting. Are you intrigued by the prospect of one day expanding your enterprise beyond the US and into Africa?
AM: Absolutely yes, I’ve actually never been to Africa and that’s on my list of things to do. I would love to set some things up in the future and with your help and the help of the people of Africa. It’s a cliché but I truly believe Africa is the motherland. A truly special continent filled with amazing people. I really envisage one day being of great service to the beautiful people of Africa.
CM: Historically, most respected industry tycoons have predominantly hailed from the United States and Europe. With this in mind, have they been any African or Zimbabwean businessman who you feel fit into this echelon?
AM: Among Africans, Aliko Dangote stands out as being perhaps the wealthiest and most well-known. Then in terms of Zimbabweans, Strive Masiyiwa has achieved tremendous feats in business. Both gentlemen are a good benchmark for top tier financial success. That said, what inspires me most is not the money that one makes but rather how much they give back. Strive has done very well with his fund to support high achieving orphans from Zimbabwe and in Africa to get a free University education. As long as these successful men/women are giving back to the community, country, and anyone severely in need then yes, they are an inspiration to me. I don’t know much about these men but I myself love to see my people elevate and become successful so if these qualities are done by anyone then those people are great in my book.
CM: Collaboration can be quite a potent tool in most industries. During your elaborate career, have you had any standout collaborations/partnerships that you are at liberty to disclose?
AM: So far, I haven’t had the opportunity to really collaborate with many public figure or brands. We have some things in the pipeline, but I’ll speak on that another time. Don’t want to let anything out of the bag as of yet.Tweet