Entrepreneur Highlight: Michael Gonzales-ALPHA & OMEGA CLOTHING
Tell us more about yourself.
Lol hate being asked this...
I'm Mike; I'm 5' 11" I love seafood and Japanese cuisine. Addicted to football and dominoes and I am always sleeping. Truth be told, I'm just a regular guy trying to make the world smile by sharing his love of classic men's wear.
How did you get into your business?
Supplying Classic Men's Wear? Umm it came from a personal love of dressing up. I love my suits, I love unique and different ties, the multicolored and multi-patterned socks, that entire process of putting together an outfit looking clean and confident. I was always drawn to that, and it's from that love that I recognized an opportunity to share my love with others who had an equal passion or just needed the right guidance to get to that point.
How do you promote yourself?
I'm always dressing up in a suit and pushing myself past the classic fashion boundary. So I get a lot of personal inquiries... Outside of that, the usual Instagram @onealphaandomega and Facebook @onealphaandomega. Since recently I have added a website to my list of advertising platforms where I showcase all the products that I have to offer my customers www.onealphaandomega.com.
How can we get in touch with you?
The company email is email@example.com and the business cell is 876-470-7007 where I receive both calls and whatsapp messages.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Yes, two be exact. The first one pretty top secret that I'm trying my best not to rush but at the same time I am very anxious to launch.
The second is a series of pop up shops that I am currently co-planning with a friend of mine who is one of the owners of popular glasses brand Timberwear Inc.
What is your philosophy in life?
It's a borrowed philosophy, part A - you miss 100% of the shots that you don't take #ShootYourShot and part B - say yes, and worry about the how later. Part B is a little more complicated than A, but it's a philosophy that has seen me jump at opportunities that I wouldn't normally jump at and find ways to not only succeed but excel thus promoting personal growth and enabling me to a wealth of experience in fields that I could and would have missed out on.
In your opinion what do you think are the keys to success?
I think the number one key to success has to be self discipline. Forget about what everybody else doing, pull yourself away from all the actions, sacrifice some camera time for some behind the doors time and dive into your dreams and goals. It's not an easy thing running your own business and the first thing I've learnt is that I had to teach myself to be disciplined enough to get the work done, until I can pay somebody else to do it for me that is lol
What made you start your business?
Well as I said there was that natural passion and connection for the classic men's wear set up. I did also identify opportunities for expressing the same in the Jamaican market and I just said yes to the opportunity lol I guess you can say I took my shot?
What blogs and websites do you follow and why?
I mostly (try and fail to) read. I focus a lot on entrepreneurial, self empowering and motivational books. As for websites I spend a lot of time on LinkedIn, I learn a lot from the material posted there by the many professionals and business gurus.
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