We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Melekian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
First of all, it starts by waking up early. Some days that means jumping on the bike for a good hour session or getting out for a jog. Other days, getting up an hour or two earlier may just allow me to spend some quiet time focusing on the day. No matter what, getting that extra time in the morning leaves you feeling like you have a real advantage over the rest of the world! Speaking of which, exercise, quality sleep and a healthy diet are some of my core habits, beliefs really. When it comes to diet, I am not a champion of calorie counting or following the latest fad; it’s about eating lots of different colors and a little less than I want to. But it’s also about loving yourself enough to let loose once in a while; just know what to expect as a result! Finally, I love goals. Goals can be so invigorating. It’s much less about the goal itself as it is about the process. I sort of view the goal as the destination and the plan to get there as the map. No point in a map without a destination, nor a destination without a map. Even if you fall short, you moved forward.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have spent my career working in professional sports, parlaying an internship while in college to holding positions overseeing the administration and operations for major sports leagues. It hasn’t been easy; I didn’t grow up an athlete, I never read the book entitled How to run a professional sports league – heck, I didn’t even seek this career path out, it sort of found me. But one thing remained consistent – I will work as hard as it takes to get the job done. Do I roll up my sleeves and do the dirty work, to this day? Absolutely. Have I stayed up all night to finish a project? You bet. Has it been easy? Not in the slightest, but laying the head on the pillow when you know you could have done more, when you know the job is left unfinished, when you know you could have given a little bit extra – well that’s not a relaxing experience for me and not a state in which I am comfortable. I would rather push beyond what I may think is possible (or even sensible, in the moment) to accomplish a goal and know that I gave everything I possibly could. That leads to a good night’s sleep; that work ethic has probably been the greatest differentiator in my career. So many people want to BE in professional sports, but far fewer want to DO the hard work that is necessary.
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?
A week long trip in San Diego? Sounds like a dream, I’d love to do that! But sure, I will play along. If they are my best friend, I’d expect they’d like to check out some of the amazing running, cycling and swimming that this place has to offer. And if they are anything like me, they like to eat. The options for both outdoor activities and spectacular restaurants probably require more than a week, but if I had to choose one perfect week, it would probably look something like this: MONDAY: Arrive at San Diego Airport, grab brunch at Ironside in Little Italy TUESDAY: Dog beach in Del Mar, slice and a drink at Del Mar Pizza WEDNESDAY: Wings and drinks at Dirty Birds THURSDAY: Padres Game FRIDAY: Dinner at Born & Raised SATURDAY: Little Italy Farmers Market SUNDAY: Kayaking the caves at La Jolla Cove, Broadway San Diego at the Civic Auditorium, Dinner at Isola
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
That’s an easy one, our Stretch Zone family. They’ve put up with every mistake I have made along this journey. I have worked with some of the same people for years and they truly have become like a second family. But I do have a first family and I am incredibly fortunate to be able to work with one of them – my mother. She deserves all of the credit for providing the heart to the business. If I learned anything from the Tin Man – none of it matters without heart!