If you are here, it probably means you are curious about what it takes to be in JADE and why you should apply. In this article, you will find out about who I am and about some little glimpses of the #JADELife. Even though an article is not enough to describe the best year of my life so far, it is indeed a first step.
I am Alex Lanaro, 24 years old, and I come from Vicenza, a wonderful city in the north of Italy, where I also got my Master degree in Management Engineering.
I joined the Junior Enterprise Network in 2016, as a member of JEst, first as a Marketing and Communication consultant and after a while as Head of Marketing and Communication.
With the willingness of making my network bigger, I became JADE Italia Treasurer and, after that amazing experience, where I understood the value that other JEurs can give you, I became JADE Treasurer.
Name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader. Why and how did this person impact your life?
This question is pretty easy for me – it is my Dad. He is a self-made entrepreneur who taught me how hard work and dedication will get you wherever you want.
The main lesson I learned from him is that “to be a leader does not mean watching others do your job, it means being the most hardworking person in the room”, a lesson that I bring with me every day.
What is one characteristic that you believe every JEur should possess?
I think that what really makes a Junior Entrepreneur different from everyone else is Passion. Passion for what we do, passion to work with others, passion to make a step further than anyone else, a passion that brings them further than a normal student. A passion that people outside our Network will never understand.
What makes you excited about Mondays?
Maybe you think I am crazy, but Mondays are my favourite day of the week. Coffee is better on Monday mornings, because it is the first day of the week, and firsts are always something special.
When I go to the gym I feel more energetic, because it is the first step of my training programme, which will lead me to an improved me by the end of the week.
I see every Monday as an opportunity to start the most awesome and productive week of your life. So, I get up, suit up and get out of my room ready to slay the day.
What’s your spirit animal?
It is a shark. Do sharks complain? No.
They are up early, biting stuff, chasing things, being scary. And that is the mindset I keep.
If you were a movie character, who would you be and why?
I would be Barney Stinson, from “How I met your Mother”. Because it does not matter who you are, where you come from or who your family is. With the right motivation and the right mindset, you can achieve whatever you want and make your life legen … wait for it … dary. Legendary.
If You Could Time Travel, Where and When Would You Go?
In the future, in the year 2100 to search on google “How many JEs are there in JADE Network?” and “Is Queen Elizabeth alive?”. In this order.
If You Had To Pick A New Name For Yourself, What Name Would You Pick?
I would keep Alex. I love my name, it is just awesome. However, if I were to be forced to change it, I would choose Elon, in honour of Elon Musk.
Who Would Play You In A Movie Of Your Life?
I would like to have Robert Downey Jr. because of the rude and arrogant face that I love and really suits me.
What are you known for?
Easy, my memes. Go check them on my Instagram page.
If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be?
”If something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.”
Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?
Over, if you have it under you are a psychopath.
If you could have any superpower, which would you choose?
Does being a super Sayan count as a superpower?
Are you ready to #TakeTheLead and become part of the next ExBo?
Check for all this information and more about the call at https://www.jadenet.org/takethelead2020/
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