“I feel fortunate to be able to unite both of my passions into my dream job and my business.” – Felix Estevez
As a millennial, finding your professional path is an overwhelming experience filled with self doubt and cues from competitive parents. For many, that experience follows the basic formula of graduate high school, get into an excellent college, graduate again and get an excellent job so you can join the successful people table. While many of us try to pursue that plan, others know that true happiness comes by following their gut to take a slightly different path.
Meet Felix Estevez, a Founding Partner and current Client Relations Manager at FeelXtra Mobile Spa, Orlando’s leading mobile massage therapy company. With a team of about 15 to 20 therapists and technicians, FeelXtra brings the power of massage to any location in the Orlando area. Established in 2011, Felix has grown the company from running it by his self and his girlfriend to firmly gaining a place in Orlando’s small business community.
As a young boy, Felix started selling candy in middle school as well as customized t-shirts. Learning how to hustle allowed him to learn the persistence needed when becoming an entrepreneur. Then, in high school, Felix discovered he had the power of healing when he used to ease his sister’s severe back pain with massage.
After he graduated high school, he tried community college for a few semesters. He knew almost immediately that he wasn’t going to get what he really wanted from a regular community college. Instead he left pursue a career as a therapist at the Florida College of Natural Health . Before he even graduated Felix had already had a good sized clientele list and a variety of offer from several companies.
While at first he enjoyed the stability, it was during his first time travel to Colombia in 2011 that he realized that he was missing something in his work at home, something many millennials can relate to. It was then that he realized that he was ready to launch his own business. With the economy in the tank, starting a mobile massage business was extremely tough. Luckily for Felix, his girlfriend believed in his business and the two established FeelXtra.
At first, Felix spent a year trying to get FeelXtra into the Orlando malls. But during that time, Felix started researching ways to overcome this setback through business building tips and becoming an industry expert. In his research he discovered that the greatest challenges faced by customers was getting to their appointments. It was then that Felix decided to switch his business model and go mobile. As FeelXtra refined their model, they landed their first big client: a conference hosted in Orlando where 20,000 participants could get massages, mani/pedis and facials. It was a significant challenge that proved to Felix and his team, that FeelXtra as on the right track.
Since then, Felix has graduated from Valencia and moved on to getting his business degree from University of Central Florida. Finding value in all the resources available to student entrepreneurs, and is living proof of the Grant Cordone’s Ten X Rule: When opportunity meets hard work you have to be prepared when that opportunity comes up you are ready for it. That kind of commitment to hard work is a quality Felix sometimes struggles to find among his peers. He often worries that they have given up on pursuing their dreams. On the other hand, he notices that there is a community of Millennials who are rabidly pursuing their dreams and doing whatever they deem necessary to get where they want to go. Seeing his peers at UCF showcase their companies and accomplishments affirm to Felix that millennials are on track to becoming the next great generation.
To contact Felix and the FeelXtra team check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instragam @feelxtra_ and join their community.