Personal Legend Project: Alex Jackiw


Alexandra Jackiw, President, Milhaus Management

Alex was referred for this project by GK Rowe, calling her a “national Icon in the Multifamily Mixed Use Property Management industry.”  Alex was also named as a 2015 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal.  I followed Alex as she did a walkthrough of the new Mentor and Muse buildings at Milhaus Development’s Artistry property in downtown Indianapolis.


The following set of six questions will be answered by each of the subjects.

1)  Some people call it a “true calling” or their “life’s work.”  In the book The Alchemist, author Paulo Coelho calls it your Personal Legend. What do you consider to be your true calling, or Personal Legend?

Leaving an imprint in people’s lives through teaching or developing their talents.


2)  When did you first realize that this was your calling?

When I was asked to begin presenting training classes for my company in the early 1980’s.


3)  People often become completely engrossed, losing track of time or outside concerns while performing tasks related to their calling.  This might be referred to as being “in the zone” or “flow.”  When do you experience this most often?

When I’m researching new material for a presentation or seminar I’ve been asked to give.  I get really excited about figuring out how to “connect the dots” for people.


4)  What is the greatest challenge or obstacle you’ve faced in pursuit of your life’s work?

Time.  Having the time to think and plan while still doing my day job.


5)  What has pursuing your Personal Legend taught you?

The dramatic effect we can have on people by seeing their potential before they see it in themselves.  Confidence and self-awareness are strong motivators.


6)  What piece of advice can you offer to others seeking their true calling?

Dig deep and question what makes you feel alive and effective.  Ask yourself what is the legacy you want to leave and how do you want to live on or be remembered.


Are you following your Personal Legend?  Tell us about it in the comments below.

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Author: Zach Dobson

Zach Dobson is a documentary and commercial photographer based in Indianapolis. He holds a degree in journalism from Indiana University with a concentration in photography. Since starting his business in 2006, Zach has focused on documenting people’s lives and businesses in action. Zach’s client list includes the Indiana Pacers, Coca-Cola, the AARP, ZipCar, Indiana University, Visit Bloomington, Hamilton County Tourism, Land O’Lakes, RIOT LA Comedy Festival, Indianapolis Public Schools, Indiana High School Athletic Association. Zach is a Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers [ASMP]. He resides in Carmel, Ind. with his wife and business partner, Courtney, and their five children.

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