Rookie Republic is proud and honored to have Alec Kozicki on board as a Rookie For Life Blogger. You may consider him as a serial entrepreneur at the age of 22. For some strange reason, writing business plans, creating spreadsheets, networking, and redefining the norm, are all fun to him. Alec has been a baseball player since he was four. We mention this because baseball is not just a game for him, it’s a way of life. Baseball teaches players how to play on different competitive levels, how to be a team player, how to learn from your mistakes, and how to be three steps ahead of your opponent. This entrepreneurial spirit first started to bloom when he invented his own line of baseball fielding gloves entirely by hand when he was just was eighteen.
Who are you + what do you do?
I am a twenty-two year old born and raised in a city nineteen miles north of Atlanta called Marietta, Georgia. Currently, I live in South Carolina where it seems like the time stands still which helps me get more done with each day. I am going to a technical college to finish up my associates degree right down the street from Clemson University. Besides taking a couple classes each semester, I have somehow managed to find time to juggle six jobs…(#IDGT) You might be saying to yourself, WHY & HOW!?! I get asked this question constantly so I’m familiar with the look on someone’s face like I have four eyes or just a flat out liar. It’s true though, you may consider me a workaholic but it helps me get up at a reasonable time in the morning knowing that the list of things I need to get done is never ending. My main business is that I’m owner of of Kozicki Sports that manufactures products within America in two separate industries (Baseball Equipment & Craft Beer/Beverage Industry).
I am also a server/bartender for a fine dining restaurant, a bartender for events associated within the Clemson community, national business manager for YaYa Bats U.S.A. Division and a partner of Horton & Brooks which specializes in importing/exporting Indian remy hair worldwide.
So if you’re ever in the market for the highest quality wood bat, baseball/softball fielding glove, weave, leather six pack, seat cushion, custom leather goods, or just to have a chat, and honestly anything else you may have a desire for, find my number and give me a call!
Why did you decide to be a part of the Rookie Republic team?
Because what Rookie Republic stands for is honestly the best aid any young entrepreneur needs to help them succeed. Of course having a million dollars to startup a business would be nice but without knowing what to do with that million dollars, you have to learn from your mistakes. Rookie Republic teaches the passionate ones how to use their natural tools to their advantage without going through the hardships of making the costly mistakes.
What makes you a Rookie?
There’s a lot that makes me a Rookie! I’m always pushing myself to create new products and learning new skills. I need to have that student intuition to keep my feet on the ground while my head is in the clouds.
What will you be blogging about?
I will be blogging about the challenges and sacrifices that a young entrepreneur might face in their journey to success. There are many forks in the road when it comes to creating something that is initially driven by inner-passion from a creator perspective.
Why is Rookie Republic important?
Why is education important? Why is the Bible important? Why is family important? One simple answer, you are able to connect with people similar to yourself that share passion-driven goals. Entrepreneurs aren’t supposed to be read like a book, there is always more to the story. Rookie Republic teaches the young go-getters how to sharpen their skills while making them a more well-rounded human being.
What’s your ambition for the next 5 years?
Being a person that lives everyday as a new adventure, this question can be tricky to answer. The overall goal for myself within the next five years is to have stability in my life. In my mind this is what the typical form of stability most American’s dream of, the white picket fence home, a loving spouse, three well-mannered kids, a dog, bimonthly paychecks, two vacations a year, and having a 9-5 job working for the “man.”
My definition of stability may differ from others… I’m still finding out each day what inspirations the world has to offer to me, and what I can influence to the world.
What’s the best advice you can give a Rookie?
The best advice I can share is to always follow what your heart wants and to never say never…. Entrepreneurs do the things they do because they love doing it, not because they have to. When it comes to being an entrepreneur, there are two types in my opinion; the ones that create a demand for a product/service that has never been offered before, and the ones that know how to utilize a product/service in a market that is thriving with exponential growth. Figure out who you are as a person and what the message is that you want to share. After you figure that out, you’re ready to get on your soapbox and share with the world your vision.
The first thing you need to understand about me is, I’m not going to sit here writing this as well as wasting your time reading if I knew it couldn’t be of any help. What I’ll be writing about typically isn’t the type of knowledge you find in a textbook, I have always been the type to learn from experience. So if you consider yourself more than just a “book smart,” learn from my mistakes so you keep on always going forward in the right direction. Also, if there is ever something I write that you would like for me to clarify or to just say you disagree with me, shoot me over an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.