Behind the Scenes: Alan Cheung, Founder of AKINGSNY

Alan Cheung - Alan King

Alan King, the founder of AKINGSNY, has a few principles that he shared with me in our conversations. Being only 21, he's definitely accomplished a lot and does not seem to show signs of slowing down at all. The life of an entrepreneur is not as pleasant as Instagram makes it out to be. Your days aren't filled with paid invoices rolling in your Gmail. Here are some points that he shared.

1. You are who you sorround yourself with.

This makes sense, right? Surround yourself with people that complain about every little thing in their lives, it's going to be hard not to complain. The opposite applies. Surrounding yourself with ambitious, hardworking people, these traits will probably rub off on you. A lot successful people have said the same. While your mindset is a huge factor in determining your probability of success, so is the environment you put yourself in.

This means that you might have to cut ties with certain people that may not be the best influence. Spending every weekend partying won't get you to your dreams. That's not to say that we should cut out all social activities from our lives. We need to feel connected. But it does mean that you will have to prioritize. As crappy as this might sound, some things just need to be done.

2. Keep focusing on the long term vision.

This came up when I asked how he deals with the ups and downs of running a small business. Let's not ever forget, the market is the ultimate judge of our actions (in regards to business at least). Even if you think your idea is revolutionary, if the market isn't ready for it, you're not going to get the results you anticipated. The last thing to do in these types of situations is to go for short term plays.

No doubt, it takes a lot of discipline and grit to be able to stay focused on your vision when all hell breaks loose. We might spend days on end preparing for the worst, but still have things fall apart. In these moments, it's a matter of how we react and pivot to these situations. This idea goes beyond operating a business, because let's be real shit hits the fan sometimes in life.


Hope you found some inspiration in this post. Sometimes, we have to slow down and ask ourselves hard questions to get to the next level.

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