Alex chats about his passion for football, his favorite Way of Will products and we join him for a Friday morning workout.
Tell us about yourself!
My name is Alex Pierzchalski and I am a professional athlete in the CFL. Football has been my passion since I fell in love with the game at 9 years old. Living my dream of being a professional athlete has helped shape me into the man I am today and I will be forever grateful for the life lessons I have learned at such a young age.
What was your biggest learning of 2016?
"My biggest learning of 2016" is a wildly appropriate question. I faced hardships in 2016 that put my entire young life into perspective. As much as I love what I do and the game of football, I truly learned there is more to life. This realization did not come easy, having my entire career nearly torn from my grasp in an instant. Being released by the Ottawa Redblacks after 2 amazing years was heartbreaking. To add insult to injury, the team went on the win the Grey Cup without me 5 weeks later. I signed with the Montreal Alouettes 3 days after getting released. However, I still questioned a lot in my life and have come out the other side with my head held high and ready for whatever happens next. I am in a good place and am excited for this season to begin! I know now that through experience I am equipped with the confidence and composure to handle whatever comes my way, and for that I am thankful.
In what moments in your life do you feel most powerful?
I feel most powerful when I am in control of my emotions and truly living in the present. Dwelling on the past or worrying about the future is an infectious practice. Being happy in the present is what "power" is to me.
Do you have any advice for our Way of Will Community?
My advice to my WayofWill community is to be conscious and to be present. If you feel behind, or have regrets, know that you can ONLY ever control what you do now, in this very moment. If you agree, and you feel inspired by this notion, WRITE IT DOWN in a place where you have to look at it every day!!