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Episode 12

Focusing Your Energy on What Works with Mike Jones

After deploying to both Iraq and Afghanistan with the Marines, Mike Jones was ready to get out of the military and into the business world. He found initial success with a CrossFit gym, and he kept his entrepreneurial journey going when he opened Alchemy 365, a new type of boutique fitness company that is on the road to national expansion.

Immediately after college, Mike wanted to challenge himself so he decided to join the Marine Corps. After deploying to both Afghanistan and Iraq, Mike left the Marines with new knowledge and a passion for helping people.  

After entering the corporate world and learning his love of working with the consumer, Mike had the idea of opening a CrossFit gym. 

 “My decision to start a Crossfit gym could probably fall under the classic reason an entrepreneur starts a business which is, a gap or pain point and finding a better way,” Mike says. “I was a regular person working in a cube and I was trying to get into good shape.”

One gym turned into four, but eventually, Mike reached a plateau. At the peak of his success, he had noticed there was an opportunity to try a new kind of fitness program, which he iterated on while trying to find a way to make it into something that could stand on its own. In the end, he and his co-founders did just that, and they called their boutique gym Alchemy 365.

On this episode of Find Your Mission, Mike Jones tells his story of going from Marine to CEO, and how you can focus your energy on what you can be the best at and not get distracted along the way.

Learn more about Mike and Alchemy 365 here.

Find Your Mission is presented by WeWork in partnership with Dell. 

Thank you again to WeWork! Veterans in Residence, a partnership of WeWork and Bunker Labs, is a six-month startup incubator and leadership program that provides veteran and military family members the community, business support, and workspace to help launch and grow their businesses. 

To learn more about WeWork and the Veterans in Residence program, visit we.co/veterans

Also, thank you to our friends at Dell. Dell offers small business advisors to help any small business owner manage and understand all the ins and outs of technology in their small business. To speak with an Advisor today, Call 877-BUY-DELL or click here. 

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Thank you to our friends at WeWork! Veterans in Residence, a WeWork and Bunker Labs partnership, is a highly-selective six-month startup incubator and leadership program.

It provides veteran and military family member entrepreneurs the community, business support, and workspace to help launch and grow their businesses.

Find your tribe. Create your life’s work.

Learn more at we.co/veterans

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