Why I Moved to New York City

New York City is for the hustlers. The cost of living, in my personal opinion, is higher than in most other states, restaurants & stores close later, people make more money, and it is the cultural destination of renown. But why was I so adamant about moving to New York City? 

I am not going to lie to you, the first thing that pulled me to NYC was the glitz and glamor of it. In everybody's mind, transients included, NYC is a place where you go because you want to make a name for yourself. Whether in business, music, dancing, and more. This is the place that people think is where it's at. All the parties are here, the upper echelon of people, socialites, rich people, and all the musicians flock to NYC. That's what they think, and to some degree it is true. This is what drew me in at first. 

However, that was not what completely drew me to New York. 

The biggest thing that drew me to New York was Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. My biggest goal was to become a black belt in BJJ but also, but I wanted to become a UFC Star. Becoming a UFC star didn't quite pan out, although I will undertake that journey when I am more stable in the next 1 or 2 years, I still had a shot at becoming a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. I needed to act fast because I was stuck in a perpetual loop. 

Becoming a martial artist, and simultaneously a rich businessman, was my goal since I was a teenager, but I had to fight my demons. I didn't have a good support system. At some point, I became addicted to alcohol, and depression & anxiety really prevented me from excelling in my martial artistry for almost 2 decades. From 18 to 28 I was in a cycle of dead-ends. Fast forward to 28 and I was working at a huge fortune 100 company processing data for mutual funds, in beautiful-yet-stable Kansas City. I was miserable and I felt trapped. Life was aging far greater and so were my dreams. I needed to make changes or else I would stay in the same trap, getting fatter while allowing my dreams to escape me due to my "big-kid" responsibilities. 

So, I moved to New York City. I hated feeling like I was being stifled by my coworkers and friends that constantly praised stability and "responsibility". I hated that my life was unbecoming of who I am to my core. I wanted the fast life of NYC where I have no choice but to become greater than I am simply because I am constantly surrounded by greatness. And by being here in NYC, all of these are starting to come true.  

Alex Sung

At an early age Alex knew he was different from most kids. He had D's and F's in early education and even had undiagnosed selective mutism alongside other mental health hurdles.

Despite these challenging experiences, he persevered and was able to "Tigerhack" his way to success. He created the Tiger Dojo to help everyone uncover these secrets.


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