As a 13-year-old, Alex Maroko was cut from his basketball team. At 15, after years of practicing training techniques, Alex became a freelance athletic trainer. As word of mouth spread, the clients rolled in.
After graduating high school, Alex moved from Michigan to Tampa Bay, FL, where he played Division II basketball at Eckerd College. That’s also where he decided to take his business to the next level.
In early 2009, Alex went from training clients in person to doing everything online. His first product, a video that teaches how to dribble a basketball better, earned $20,000 in the first week of its release. In the six months since, Alex has been developing more websites and products, along with an online coaching program.
Today, Alex is 21 and ‘The Truth About Quickness’, his basketball training business, is going stronger than ever. He’s also pursuing a Kinesiology degree part-time at Michigan State University.
The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).
Q: How have people around you reacted to your success?
A: My good, close friends laugh about it. They think it’s funny. They all call me ‘The Truth’ now, based on ‘The Truth about Quickness’. Everyone around me is really supportive and excited for me. But a lot of people don’t understand it.
My mom always asks me what she’s supposed to say when a friend of hers comes up and asks, “How is Alex making all of his money? How did he buy that car? What does he do online?” She just doesn’t know how to explain it. She’s a smart woman; don’t get me wrong.
I get recognized when I go out in public. It’s funny. People just come up to me and say, “Hey – you’re Alex Maroko, aren’t you?” I’m like, “Yes.” And they’re like, “You’re awesome.” I even had one kid who asked me to sign an autograph for him. I never thought that would actually happen. So, it’s cool.
Q: What key events transformed you from sports trainer to 6-figure internet entrepreneur?
A: There are three things that come to my mind, immediately. The first one was when I was 13 years old and I decided that I was going to be a college basketball player. I had just been cut from my eighth grade basketball team. I was an awful basketball player. So, looking back on it truthfully, that goal was completely ridiculous. But I’m glad I set it and I’m glad I believed in it because eventually it did come true.
I spent the next few years of my life basically learning, studying and applying all of these different training techniques to improve myself as an athlete. Without that goal, I would have never collected all of the training expertise that I now have and use on a daily basis.
When I went to play college basketball in Florida, there was a trainer about two blocks from my college who was starting to build an online business as a football trainer. I found him online, I literally walked down to his gym, introduced myself to him, and now we’re really good friends. He and another trainer pushed me to start my online business. They kept telling me, “Dude, you’ve got to do this. You’re going to kill it.” That was the second event.
It’s really unbelievable: looking back on this, I’m realizing that this stuff is connected. It’s kind of blowing my mind right now. But, the third event was when the other trainer who I met in Florida told me that Yanik Silver was giving away a scholarship to his Underground Online Seminar 5. He was 26, so he couldn’t apply, but he said: “You’re going to be perfect for this.” At that time, I didn’t even know who Yanik Silver was. So, I was very green in the internet marketing community, but I applied and two weeks later I made it as a scholarship winner.
I went to the event and it was really, really life-changing – all of the stuff I learned, all of the people I met. That was late February 2009 and two weeks later we launched our first product. We made $20,000 in a week. Since then, life has just been this awesome roller coaster that never seems to stop moving.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: Thank you for the interview. I’ve had a lot of fun with this and I appreciate it.
Video: Alex dribbling and shooting a basketball. This is legit. You can tell it’s not being sped up because of the people in the background. Simply mezmerizing!
This is an abridged version from Alex’s interview in our latest project, 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. Alex is a great example of an entrepreneur who is providing a huge value to an insanely niche group of people, and he’s doing a great job of it. He’s a fun guy to talk to and I can tell he loves what he’s doing. That really comes across in this interview.
- The Truth About Quickness 2.0 – Basketball training program to help you increase your agility.
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Alex Maroko’s Top Quote
“Over-deliver every time.”
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