We had the good fortune of connecting with Austin Byler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Austin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
In March of 2018, I was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Real life hit. The childhood dream that I had been relentlessly pursuing for 20 years finally came to an end. But as they say, when one door closes, another one opens. As a former NCAA All-American and professional baseball player, I experienced my struggles with mental health featuring anxiety and depression. Here is someone who in the worlds eyes has it all figured out, but internally I was broken. During my athletic career I would mask my physical and emotional pain with prescription medications, leading to a deeper and darker depression. As I was approaching the 2018 season, I was introduced to an incredible mentor at a High School Baseball camp that I was helping out at. He is the director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a non-profit organization here in the valley. Matt invited me to a bible study that Friday morning and I looked at him like he was crazy. Who? Me? Does this guy know how broken I am? There is no way God can save this broken soul. But I showed up.. and when I showed up, I was introduced to long tenured Major League Athletes and Coaches who ironically had experienced the same things that I was currently going through. This moment shifted my life forever. I noticed that many of my fellow teammates and friends were experiencing the same issues and battles that I was facing, so I decided there needed to be a change. This is when my partner, Kewby Meyer, and I founded Major League University in September of 2018. We really didn’t know exactly what our avenue was going to be at the time, but we knew we wanted to help athletes who were experiencing the same struggles as we were. Our mission is to inspire student-athletes to become the best version of themselves on and off the field. In our opinion, the off the field takes care of the on the field, and that is where greatness is found. Our team now has the privilege of serving hundreds of student-athletes every single month between the teams we work with, private clients, and our online Leadership Academy Program.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our business revolves around helping weaponize the minds of student-athletes and coaches through mental performance and leadership training. We work with high performing individuals, teams and businesses equipping them with simple, practical tools to enhance the quality of their lives. This journey was definitely not easy. In the very beginning, I was told NO a lot… probably enough to make a sane person quit haha! But it goes back to our core values… relationships… serving others… integrity… never losing belief in yourself, your mission, your purpose. With no business degree or background, I continue to look up to mentors and other successful entrepreneurs where I seek wisdom and guidance every single day. You can learn something from anyone you come across, good and bad. That is a core principle that will never leave me. We overcame the challenges by relentlessly pursuing our dream. I truly believe in our teachings and vision to impact billions of people on this planet, so that makes overcoming the challenges a little bit easier. A few lessons I have learned along the way is to always treat failure as a growing opportunity, that your greatest victories come in your darkest defeats. Invest in people and you will achieve more than you could have ever imagined by yourself. Give more than you receive, which is hard to do for most people living in the amazon overnight delivery world. And most importantly, trust in God and stay true to your values. Major League University will impact billions of people in this world one day and we will always put people first, no matter what the price may be.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Life is all about adventures. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do because you get to meet so many amazing people and create new experiences along the way! The itinerary would for sure consist of a night out at Postino’s Wine Cafe, one of our favorite spots in town. They have an incredible vibe, great food, and great wine! We would take them up to Sedona to visit the red rock and hike around the town. There is something magical about spending a few days in Sedona with the higher frequency of energy, the beautiful red rock and embracing nature. A trip to the Grand Canyon would be great, especially because I have not been there yet… so selfishly, we would go there haha! Top Golf is always a great experience for anyone visiting out of town who has never been before. Love the vibe they have and it is a great place to take some friends and family!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Matt Palmer and Aaron Nielsen. Matt Palmer runs West Valley Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Phoenix, Arizona. Aaron Nielsen is the Founder of Harmony Sports Company from Charleston, South Carolina. These 2 men shaped my life forever with their selfless guidance, leadership and mentorship. They continue to inspire me and hold me accountable every single day!
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