Born in Akron, Ohio on September 8, 1989, Mylan Murphy was brought into this world ready to make an impact. Throughout his childhood, Mylan had a passion for sports, fashion, business, and helping others around him. He was always trying to make someone feel better, rather if it was making them laugh, giving them advice, or simply sharing words of encouragement. His sense of love and kindness truly is something special about him. When Mylan was 13 years old, one of the biggest obstacles he has ever gone through jumped into his life; his family was separating, in result of his parent’s divorce. A year away from entering his freshman year of high school, Mylan was distraught and confused on how to move forward but he took it upon himself to find the positive out of this dark time and make the most out of the situation.

Due to hard times financially, physically, and mentally, Mylan’s determination would not let him down. The summer of his 8th grade year, he started his first business; a clothing line by the name of Novel Clothing. While serving as a student-athlete, Mylan had great success with his clothing line. He would design shirts and sell them to family and friends.

In result of his basketball talent and entrepreneurial abilities, Mylan began receiving a lot of media attention throughout his high school years. He was featured on the front page of the Akron Beacon Journal for his first media debut. Following that, Mylan received national attention for his accomplishments. He was in multiple newspapers locally and statewide, as well as featured on various news stations. He had a feature on Channel 5 News and following his first television debut; Mylan received an article in “Career World” magazine. The same story, is now featured and taught in the “Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics & You”, Glencoe 2008, educational textbook. During Mylan’s media success, many asked him, to start motivational speaking and telling his story to others, at the age of 15.

Mylan began speaking and impacting other’s lives mid-way through his high school years. In result, he developed some personal skills, which have helped him become the person he is today. He attended Archbishop Hoban High School during his freshmen year of high school but then transferred to Woodridge High School after him and his Mother moved, in result of the divorce. Despite the new transition from switching schools and not having any friends in his new environment, he adjusted quickly and became well liked amongst his peers; he eventually was named Class President, Homecoming King, and Senior superlative, “Most Likely to become Famous”.

During Mylan’s Junior and senior year of high school, he was heavily recruited by numerous Division I and II colleges for basketball. He was wanted by many but didn’t feel the same way about them. He was told by many “big time” programs that he was too skinny or not strong enough to play yet, but there was interest in having him at the school; however, with the dream and determination of playing at a high major Division I college, he turned down all of his offers and decided to attend a Junior College to work on his strength, in hopes of going to a big time school the following year.

Shortly after leaving home for college, Mylan’s ‘real world’ independence started to kick in, and he was able to get a feel for himself. Mylan find out who he really was; not a basketball player, not a high school student, but an adult in the real world. While living in a community surrounded by homeless people and drug addicts that Mylan would see daily, he was forced to open his eyes to the true problems that are within the world. Going to school as a full-time college student-athlete, on top of being an entrepreneur, was an extremely tough and busy schedule for Mylan. After enduring multiple incidences and problems with the program, outside of Mylan’s own reach, he made the biggest decision of his life. Mylan chose to give up the game of basketball at the college he was attending.

He realized the majority of his life had been consumed with playing basketball, traveling the country for tournaments every week, and it just wasn’t for him any longer; it just wasn’t the lifestyle he wanted to live anymore. This was definitely the lowest point in Mylan’s life mentally however it was also the turning point of his life overall. Mylan struggled with telling his family, friends, and coaches about his decision. No one was able to see the vision that he saw behind “basketball”. The only thing everyone else saw was just how good of a basketball player he was, and how “stupid” it was for him to stop playing. Mylan dealt with negativity from others for months and months after his decision was made.

He was told he would never finish school, he was told it was the worst decision he’s ever made, he was told that he was stupid and had no clue what he was doing to himself. Although all the name calling, lack of support and negativity Mylan was put through hurt very much, he never let it get to him. He knew that he had a bigger plan in life than just basketball. Mylan had big visions planned for his future, and he knew that making the decision he made was in his best interest at that particular time, regardless what everyone else said.

Mylan still continued school along with his business ventures. He felt that he could now spend more time on and pursue his visions since he had the burden of basketball lifted off of his shoulders. He began to give his clothes, shoes, and money away to the homeless straight off of the streets that he would see and run into around his apartment. Mylan firmly believes in giving back to all people, no matter their race sex, age, or background. Living in the community that he was placed in, was the perfect situation and place for Mylan to prove so. The act of giving back helped Mylan establish his second business, which was a website by the name of which was a site for entrepreneurs and business owners to expose themselves and services by “Marketising Yourself to Success”, a phrase created by Mylan combining the meanings of advertising and marketing your product or service to success. Shortly after Mylan’s 1st website was established, he came up with another clothing line. And after the 2nd clothing line, he created his 2nd website which was designed for all people, specifically his friend’s, to make money through a t-shirt program he started, selling his clothing line shirts.

While finishing up his first year of junior college, Mylan was focused and determined to reach every goal he set and prove all the doubters wrong that said he wouldn’t be anything and he wouldn’t finish school after he stopped playing. In the summer of 2008, Mylan completed a Dental Technology Certification Program, the same program that people said he wouldn’t finish. And although Mylan had finished and created multiple businesses and websites at that point, he just wasn’t quite done.

Mylan felt that there was something missing. With some of the ‘top’ schools he previously wanted to attend, still calling him and in his ear, it made him get back into the basketball mindset. He began working out again and preparing for college visits; with one major school in mind, Baylor University. His visit to see the school, meet the coaches and team was scheduled for December 14, 2008.

On December 7, 2008, (one week before his visit to Baylor) Mylan suffered a severe leg injury while playing basketball in a pick-up game at a church. He fractured his tibia in eight spots, and stretched his ACL and PCL. Fortunately, Mylan did not have to undergo surgery however he underwent a major setback in his life; losing out on all of his basketball offers. Even after 8 months of being unable to walk, he describes his injury as one of the best things that could have happened in his life. Mylan was able to sit back and realize how valuable life truly is. He was so limited and restricted to everything he was use to doing; it showed him a new way of life. It taught him discipline and perseverance.

Keeping his sprits high, he got back to doing what he knew best; impacting people’s lives on a daily basis. He decided to create an organization; Strive4 Organization. Through Strive4, Mylan did multiple things: Motivational speeches, sent out daily motivational text messages, created a mobile app, held events, etc.

While recovering from his injury, Mylan unexpectedly received a phone call from the coach at Northern Michigan University, giving him the opportunity of lifetime; a full ride basketball scholarship, despite his recent leg injury. Mylan flew out to the school for an official visit, and fell in love with the opportunity and environment around him. He made a verbal commitment during his visit, that he would attend NMU.

In April of 2009, Mylan signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Northern Michigan University on a full basketball scholarship. Mylan saw the opportunity to attend NMU, not only as a route to play basketball again and receive a free education, but most importantly as a mission to impact people’s lives and help others along the way as best as he can, while sharing his story.

While being at Northern Michigan University, Mylan was making sure he was enjoying every minute of his college life. In result of networking and meeting some diverse and influential people, he created another business while he was at NMU. In January of 2010, Mylan started Dorm Rumor Magazine which is a niche magazine that targeted Collegiate Student-Athletes. Mylan’s approach with Dorm Rumor was to bridge the gap between Student-Athletes and regular college students around college campuses. Mylan felt that the majority of Student-Athletes were often placed in a category that didn’t fit their character; so DormRumor highlighted their accomplishments within the sport that they played, but most importantly, focused on their goals and visions in life behind their sport. Mylan had great success with Dorm Rumor featuring many high-profile student-athletes from around the country as well as partnering with Global Grind, a Russell Simmons owned site, serving as a contributing writer on behalf of Dorm Rumor.

In April of 2010, Mylan decided to create his personal website – His reasoning for making his own website was simple; he felt that people generally knew him for his businesses and/or basketball ability, but failed to know him as a person; Mylan Murphy himself. Through, he provided blog entries, videos, motivational insight and many other things that consisted of his everyday life and involvements. Now, serves as the central hub to showcase his achievements in one location.

After only playing two seasons of basketball for the NMU Wildcats adversity struck again in Mylan’s life. He decided it would be best if he walked away from the game of basketball, for good this time. Instead, Mylan chose to finish his undergraduate degree a year early and focus on his true passion being an entreprenuer. One month after his decision, he was contacted by the United States Olympic Committee advising him that he had been 1 out of 30 students in the country selected for the F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) Program held in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the United States Olympics Committee headquarters.

Mylan attended the program and said it was a life-changing event for him. From the number of people/friends he met, connections he established, information he acquired, and just the overall experience, he claims this particular experience is how he KNOWS he made the right decision to walk away from basketball. “If it weren’t for my decision to step away, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue this program which ended up being a life-changing experience for me. That is a testimony to the saying, “Everything happens for a reason”. Everything in life has it’s own timing and this clearly proves that statement to be true.”

Upon his return for his senior year of college, he was approached by the University Communications and Marketing department to come in for an interview about his experience at the USOC FLAME Program for the university website. Not even 30 minutes into the “interview”, it turned into Mylan being offered an internship position with the department. Without ever applying or wanting the job, it simply came to him and he was rewarded for what his boss “had heard about him and what he did”. Mylan accepted the position and interned in the office for the entire school year of his senior year.

A few months prior to graduation, Mylan was approached by his boss at his internship offering him a graduate assistant position to come back to NMU to work for the university and pursue his Master’s degree. Initially, Mylan will admit he pondered the option for about 3 minutes until he immediately turned it down. His heart at the time was just no longer in Marquette, Michigan; he was ready to move away and start a new chapter. Mylan “thought” he had a master plan, he would be leaving NMU and moving to the big city to work for a sports team or large company. He thought that being offered one grad position so early would only lead to a number of other options to choose from. Not so fast….

On May 5, 2012, Mylan graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment and Sports Promotion. He is a first-generation college graduate within his family and claims this accomplishment as one of the biggest things he’s ever done in his life.

After literally applying to over 150 jobs, 200 other graduate assistant positions with basketball programs, and numerous internships, the only answer Mylan heard back from EVERY single one of them was…… NO! Mylan started wondering if he made the wrong decision; he setup a meeting with his boss to sit down and talk about the position he was offered earlier; aka, “wondering if the offer was still on the table”. She was delighted of his interest and told him that the position was still his if he wanted it.

Mylan accepted the position. Throughout his two years of serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Communications & Marketing department, he successfully launch the university Instagram account, along with many other highlighted moments within the office. He also completed his graduate program and received his Master’s degree at NMU in Psychology with a Training, Development and Performance Improvement concentration. He will tell you over and over again that he never saw himself in that position but is extremely thankful and grateful that he chose to further his education.

In the summer of 2013, Mylan had the opportunity to return to Colorado Springs and work as an intern for the United States Olympic Committee in the digital media division. That internship led to him receiving a remote position for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, where he was heavily involved in the Road to Sochi mobile app and managing and overseeing the website.

After completing his undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Mylan moved home, to focus on being a full-time business owner. In August of 2014, Mylan officially started his business, OriginTD Innovative Digital Media; that he still runs to this day. He works with a number of industries, on the personal and corporate level, while using photography, videography, marketing and branding as tools to showcase his clients, in a unique way. OriginTD’s work has extended throughout the country, has been featured in various newspapers, billboards, media outlets and has even extended globally through the Nike 30th anniversary “Dream Crazy” commercial campaign.

On September 19, 2019, Mylan was officially appointed as a board member for the Northern Michigan University Alumni Association Board of Directors. He currently sits on the Engagement Committee, which is responsible for connecting and bridging the gap between prospective, current and alumni student bodies, through various efforts, for the university.

Today, as a devoted Husband and Father, Mylan knows the true meaning of life and giving back to others. He’s accomplishing things that he NEVER envisioned, while still living out his dreams of being an Entrepreneur and Motivator.

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