We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex Meza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
It nowadays seems like success is the endgame. However, for me, the end game is to reach as many people as possible. I wish to inspire those who don’t believe in themselves. I want to show them a world where they are in control of their lives. Many people go through life doubting themselves, filling themselves with unrealistic ideals of beauty and success. Social media has a big part in this aspect of life. Through the same method, my goal is to remind people that what is real is what they have within themselves. Not the fame, wealth, or excessive beauty portrayed in social media. ‘The purpose of my career is to help everyone see they are the grass across the path; they are the greener grass. I want to help others achieve their maximum potential through my message. I want to be a leader in the industry and share my message of greatness for every individual who wishes to be great.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Since I was a teen, I knew working for others would not be ideal for me. I was unsure which path I would take, but I was convinced that owning my own practice/business was the right fit for me. Four years ago, I became the legal guardian to my 16-year-old nephew. He came from a different background and with his challenges in life. However, I knew from day one that I had a mission. After a couple of years of work and dedication, I could hardly remember the boy that arrived, and I could only see the man he was becoming. One night, while talking about dreams and aspirations, he said the words that shaped the beginning of my coaching career. He said, ” you are the first person that manages to reach my heart and inspire me… You should do it for others. You’re good at it.” At the time, I mostly felt a joy I didn’t know before, and proud to know that was my kid feeling that way about me and the progress he made. When I was invited to talk to teenage boys about leadership, I truly understood my calling a few days later. Unsure of my approach for the conference, I focused on my struggles as a teen and all the good and bad choices I made that got me to where I was at the time. The students were fascinated and engaged. Later, the schools surveyed the students, and I was voted the most relevant speaker of the day. My message reached their hearts just like it did for my nephew. At that time, I had the answer I had waited for, for so long. I decided to start my practice as a Life Coach. Of course, preparation and planation are pivotal, but the eagerness of the heart is what fueled my decision.
What sets me apart from others is that my approach does not start with my maturity or “because I know better.” Instead, my system combines the worlds I witnessed in my life—a world without the internet, without fancy technology, and where the absolute truth was that of adults. Or perhaps a world of social media and google as the ultimate encyclopedia. My system combines all these things and offers young minds a new perspective that does not challenge their opinions but instead it helps them become more robust and more efficient. I am determined to create a bridge between generations to improve communication and personal advancement for everyone.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My hometown is not famous for its attractions. It is a sweltering town most of the year, so people avoid outdoor activities. However, there is a window every year. Between October and December, the weather is almost like being in South California. Make sure you visit during this time. We can check out Rochas’ Bar and grill for a delicious brunch with a DJ playing all the best hits when you get here. We can swing by next door for a quick session at the arena guy club if you’re interested in target practice. You know, Texas! If you’re not too interested in that, no problem! You visited during theater season; let’s check out the latest play by the Laredo Theater Guild International. The show was fantastic, but we should probably eat now. If you’re ok with seafood, there is a fabulous place a few blocks away. SavoraSeafood is going to enamor you, I promise. Look at the time! We should hurry; Cultura Beer Garden will open soon. You do not want to miss out on the drift shop, the Texas beers, the variety of food trucks, the comedy show, or the live band. What a wonderful Saturday; I am glad you came. You should rest now. Tomorrow will be filled with more activities, starting with breakfast at Lolitas Bistro. I wanted to cook for you, but trust me, their breakfast is way better than my scrambled eggs.
Since you will be here the whole week, please meet some of my friends. Here in Laredo, the real fun is at house parties, carne asadas (Cook-outs), and group dinners. You are in for a treat.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be the man I am today without the lessons my parents taught me. Most importantly, I would not have this heart for helping others without my mother’s example every day as a family coach. However, a person that genuinely deserves my gratitude is my nephew. He came into my life and became my son for the last five years. If it weren’t for him, I would have never learned my true calling. His words inspired me to chase this dream, and I would not change it for anything. Thank you, kid; I love you with all my heart. Lastly, thank you to every person, friend, and family that has trusted me with helping them reach new goals and become better with me.
JJ Flores, Photojournalist.