Noah Lenz is 12 years old as well as the founder and owner of Noah Lenz Marketing. His clients are personal brands and small businesses because he packages personal coaching into the services he offers along with building funnels for their websites.
What can clickfunnels do for young entrepreneurs?
Funnels can be compared to websites, where personal shoppers come for an online experience. On that page could be upsells, downsells, and webinars in addition to the original product the shopper came to purchase. Eventually by the time someone’s shopping cart is full, they ended up purchasing more than they intended.
Who inspired you to start a business, especially in the click funnel / marketing industry?
Noah started his first business at 8 years old, but he was inspired by his dad who was an entrepreneur. In kindergarten he begged his parents to purchase a laptop, which is where he learned to code and make websites. He then began to sell websites he developed to political campaigns. Later on he started another business called Noah’s Best Gift Shop, where he sold items from around his house. Noah eventually explored selling food that his parents made, but told people he made them for Noah’s Best Food Place. Ultimately he stumbled on to funnels after Caleb Maddix, 16 year old entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, told him to learn clickfunnels. As he was learning about clickfunnels Noah found a great book called Dot Com Secrets by Russell Brunson that helped him on his journey. Over one year later, Noah opened up his marketing agency.
What is your favorite business or success book that your recommend and how has it changed your life?
Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson is Noah’s must read for marketing information that you should definitely read at least 20 times. Sometimes he can recite the text of the book and know where to find it to apply to his or someone else’s business. He mentioned that the book will help explain to you how to get your message out to the world and how to make the perfect offer.
What are 3 tips you would give Young Legends that would like to start a marketing funnel agency?
1. Don’t Overthink It
Noah clearly mentioned not to worry about a logo and all the things that people feel you need to properly start a business. He often tells people to “make your business happen, no matter the circumstances.”
2. Don’t Try To Do Everything Yourself
Noah has found the tasks he does not do well and hires someone else who would consider that area their strength. Management, Facebook ads, designing, and videos are all places in his business that he outsources to skilled people within his Dream Team. Noah believes a big mistake is “trying to do it all.”
3. Try As Many Things As Possible
You can only find what you enjoy doing by trying. Your passion or mission in life will only be found when you explore.
In what way do you collaborate with Caleb Maddix?
Noah works within the core five of Team Maddix. He is the head of marketing and as his job he writes emails, webinars, and funnels.
What is your favorite quote?
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world… are the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years personally and professionally?
Noah sees himself in the future as a success with Noah Lenz Marketing agency. He plans to be homeschooled and impacting millions. His goals is to have a book in the next month, so stay tuned! In 5 years, he will have 5-10 books published. By 20 years old Noah Lenz will be a millionaire and have $20 million in the bank!
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs who are looking to take their business to the next level?
Do Not Overthink It! Spend a mindset day planning your goal and breaking it down into attainable steps based on your product or service. Know your numbers and hold yourself accountable daily for the number of deals you need to close each day, week, and month to reach your larger goals.
Noah Lenz in not even a teenager yet and already knows about how to start a business. He has has plans to make an impact while making an income one step at a time. As a soon to be author and millionaire, this is one kid to watch out for. Make sure to grab Experts Secrets here and Dot Com Secrets here for free by Russel Brunson! You can also receive a free two week trial to join Click Funnel Marketing here.
Speaking in front of 500 people or more can seem daunting when you have the reputation that the TED organizations carry. Your story is worth telling, especially to a large audience, because your perspective will change someone’s life. I am going to share the 5 steps to give a empowering speech, so you can proudly sport a TED Speaker in your personal brand.
1. Buy “TED Talks: The Official TED Guide To Public Speaking” by Chris Anderson
Chris Anderson is the owner of TED, which is a nonprofit organization, and also the author of the informative book. This helped me craft my speech when I had no where to start. TED’s guide to public speaking will dive deeply into how to start your speech with a story, question, and many other ways to wow your audience. If you have nowhere to end your timed speaking slot, this book will also give you great ways to do so. Another book that may assist you in your efforts is “Talk Like TED: The 9 Public - Speaking Secrets To The World’s Top Minds” authored by Carmine Gallo.
2. Design Your Speech
I started writing my speech as a story. I knew that I wanted to start with a story about myself, but describe it as another person’s experiences. Then I made the body of my talk separate into three steps to a successful plan and within those procedures were actionable steps to make the impossible possible. I ended the nine minute moment on the red circle carpet with a brief moment of my predictions for a better future by playing off of the “I have a dream speech” said by Martin Luther King Jr.
If you have nowhere to begin, start by drafting the story that you have been dying to tell about your life. Then you can modify what you want to include into actionable steps and make it fluid. Play off of what you presented when you auditioned to be a TED Speaker. What do you want to leave the audience with? How do you want to make an impact on each person who hears your words?
3. Practice Makes Perfect
I had three months to practice my talk and I waited until I was one month away from standing in front of a lot of people, so start now. Practice it every day and several times a day. Go for a walk each day and begin reciting parts your speech. Then rehearse while you are in the shower, getting dressed, and driving. Also, make a recording of yourself saying the speech and listen to it while you sleep. When you practice it enough, especially while you are doing other tasks, you will notice that hiccups in your surroundings do not disturb you from practicing.
4. Present To An Audience
Presenting to your family, an organization, or school is a great way to receive an assessment on the content in your speech and how you tell your story. I spoke to my college english class and took note of great critiques on my speed of talking and grammatical errors. Although you may be nervous to speak your personal stories, this is a great way to feel assured of your writing and be told real-time feedback. This will allow you to know how you can present better when it comes time for the big show.
5. Speak At Your TED Event
The moment that you have been waiting for is here and it is finally time to tell your story. You will be given the chance to practice plenty of times over a period of days. You may have moments of forgetting while you are on stage, but you will have spent months practicing. When it is the big day make sure to breathe slowly. One thing that Julie Wiles mentioned before she walked out on to the stage and I would go after her was “Instead of thinking about how afraid you are, imagine how you will feel after you have done that frightening thing. You are here for them.”
Speaking at a TED event is a great life purpose and business opportunity. I discovered that I wanted to be a professional speaker after standing on the TEDx stage. I now travel across the country speaking to children and adults about how to make the impossible possible and build a successful brand. I guarantee you that someone will come up to you and thank you after the event is over for sharing your story. That one response from an audience member is worth the months of developing your talk to change lives. Now all that follows is hundreds, thousands, and millions of views on Youtube.
I would like to introduce you to Layla and Mya, Co-Owners of Suga Babes. They are “2 sisters running a sweet business.” The idea stemmed from having a skin outbreak to developing a vegan, all-natural bath and body products line. They offer great products that truly takes care of your skin. Layla and Mya loved using sugar scrubs, bubble baths, and body sprays when they were younger, which sparked their imagination for starting their first business. Their mother, was instantly on board with the idea after they explained the possible business venture. Along with their mother's help, they were able to register the sister’s business name with the state. Layla and Mya have since co-authored a book “The Science Behind It” along with 26 other young entrepreneurs, started by Zandra Cunningham of Zandra Beauty. The book is now available for presale and will be released Fall of 2018, order your book here.
Layla is now a very empowered junior in high school who juggles homework, operating the business, and inspiring girls to build self-confidence with her Youtube Channel "Layla Renee". Mya is an enthusiastic 7th grade cheerleader and passionate leader in several activities including "Young Journey" and other hobbies she loves. Their mother also contributed to Suga Babes by assisting them in opening their first business bank account, helped to design their website, and numerous tasks along their journey to success. Layla and Mya recognized that without their mother's dedicated support they would not be where they are today. The girls claim her to be their biggest cheerleader. They also mentioned that their mother is a large part of who they are today because she is also influential to the success of women-owned businesses through speaking at women empowerment conferences and providing consulting with business owners one on one.
I asked Layla to share her best advice for young entrepreneurs. She responded delightfully with “Go For It!” She added, follow through on the plan that you create because you only live once, YOLO! Mya offered her belief in a quote by Steve Jobs “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people." Layla and Mya have enormous dreams for their personal success and the success of their growing company. They both plan to expand their business into motivational speaking. I asked each of them their five year plan. Mya intends to broaden the company’s body product lines internationally by way of franchises. Layla will soon major in business for college after she graduates from high school. These two sisters have been spreading their company's success by hosting Mommy & Me Spa Days, Skincare Workshops, and "TranSPAration" Mobile Spa Parties. Suga Babes product's line includes body butters, "Suga Scrubs", lotions bars and lip balms.
Be sure you watch out for Layla and Mya, two amazingly sweet sisters, because this is only the beginning for them and their spectacular vegan bath and body products.
Follow Suga Babes on Instagram to stay updated on their journey to success! You can purchase some of their sweet products here.
Nimrit Doad is 16 years old and the CEO of Skin Care Plush. After 2 years of experimenting with different products that irritated her face and made her acne worse, she was ready to try natural remedies. Beginning at 13 years old she tried, tested, and succeeded with essential oils that alleviate redness and dryness. With amazing feedback from friends, a business was born. Nimrit offers all-natural Jasmine, Lavender, and Tea Tree acne oils. She has also extended her products to sell Jasmine, Lavender, and Orange scent bath bombs. Her skincare line is home made and created for sensitive skin.
Nimrit's oils are an easy night time routine, which you apply on the problem areas after you clean your face before bed. Her mother inspired her to use essential oils for acne and her father helped with the business. She began building a business plan in March of 2017 and eventually started the company in March of 2018.
Although Nimrit is the CEO of a natural skincare business, she is also a high school student. She wakes up at 6 o'clock almost everyday and spends early afternoons with her dad to work on Skin Care Plush. When I asked her what she would advise other students to think about when starting a business venture is to go for it and have a good support system. Despite the hard work needed to succeed, it can give a kid an accomplished feeling and a good topic of discussion for a resume. "Take one step at a time" is her favorite quote because it shows that "you will get there in the end no matter what." Nimrit's parents and grandmother are the biggest factors to influence who she is today. In addition to her most enjoyed quote, she also likes to hear from her grandparent "being angry does not get you anywhere."
When asked what the next five years look like for Nimrit Doad, CEO of Skin Care Plush, she stated that she plans to attend Miami University and study dermatology. She hopes to have a dermatology practice along with her skincare line, eventually adding products for dark spots, discoloration, and acne spots.
When I first met Nimrit, I was impressed by the amount of knowledge she had about essential oils and how it could help acne. She spent several months learning, planning, and now selling natural remedies that can help many people with sensitive skin. Visit Skincareplush.com to purchase natural essential oils and bath bombs to Feel Pampered and Feel Plush TODAY!
Here are ways to help your child prepare for life and teach them the lessons to make them successful. Keep reading to see 15 businesses your child could start TODAY. Make sure to stop by and read 7 Easy Ways To Raise A Genius here. I will also provide links to learn more about how to start.
1. Website / Game Designer
I am privileged to have ran my blog for more than one year and I have learned many lessons along the way. I decided to start a blog about dual enrollment, but I have since added business to my niche. Blogging is a journey that cannot be rushed, yet the success your child could experience one they have put in the time, could be worthwhile. I started ayounglegend.com with $0.99, which was a domain I purchased from Godaddy.com and I made my FREE website with Weebly.com. They can write about whatever they like and they will eventually learn how to market on social media, create a brand, and hopefully monetize it.
Vlogging is a version of blogging, but it is more updated by using Youtube instead of a website to voice their niche topics. I would recommend this because it teaches them how to be confident in front of the camera. Your child has the chance to market, brand, and monetize similar to blogging.
4. Social Media Influencer
A social media influencer is a broad topic, but this can include Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. This can teach your child that they are able build a brand, just as they are with their social media now. They can express any interest they have with business, athletics, or clothes by providing value to their following. Once the build up a large following or small following of an engaged audience they can start promoting products that would be beneficial to the audience.
5. Motivational Speaker
I am beginning to think about this avenue of business. As stated in my article here about Caleb Maddix, he is a motivational speaker and is successfully making money. I will be doing a Ted Talk in April of 2018 regarding how to make a plan so good you can do anything, including graduate high school and college early. I love sharing my story and the opportunity of dual enrollment with others. There is a chance that I can start a business around this, by starting to speak at schools. I recommend that your child find a topic they are passionate about and make a presentation around it to speak about.
I am starting to get into a little photography for my blog. I am practicing flat lays and my family takes pictures of me for the website. Although your child could start taking photos with their phone and do good editing, if you have the chance to purchase a camera, it is a great return on investment (ROI). I have seen people take great pictures with their phone, so your child can at least start practicing and learn to edit. Photos for businesses are valuable, people (like I) would pay good money for their website to look professional with a consistent theme.
7. Book Author
Anyone can write a book nowadays, especially an ebook. Several bloggers and children have published books, even Caleb Maddix. I plan to write my own book someday soon, but your child can start drafting the content and begin writing NOW.
8. Professional Cleaner
A cleaning business is pretty common for a child or an adult. It is easy to start with a few cleaning supplies and family or friends. People are always in need for a quick clean and your child can learn the basics of business to eventually turn a profit. This is a great to venture into because little knowledge is required to clean someone’s house. It can also teach a child the power of networking to help up their clientele that have bigger houses and good opportunities.
I have explored this option myself as a result of the grades I received. I always enjoyed helping other students with topics they may struggle with, which I found helped me be a better role model. Once your child has helped some students for free and saw good results with their help, they could begin asking for payments. Your child could start a business by charging the parents of struggling students a small fee.
10. Non-Profit Organization Director
I will be starting a non-profit organization soon, so stay tuned! My school has senior projects and several students started a organization that raised money or supplies for a great cause. This would not help your child make money for them to spend but teach them the value in helping others. This is a chance to network for business people to get large amount of funding and be a part of their community. Any child can start this today with the passion in their heart to help others.
A Wholesaler is someone who buys a shipment of products in bulk and resells them for a profit. A great example is if your child purchased a lot of fidget spinners from a manufacturer, created a website, and sold to other kids. This is only if you have the capital to help your child purchase in bulk.
Dropshipping is similar to wholesaling, yet your child would not purchase the product, but would just create the website for people to buy from. Your child would be the middleman between the transactions without the trouble of holding supplies until sold. The trouble with the two type of side hustles is finding a cheap supplier for your child to make a good profit.
13. Product Creator
This may be one of the easiest ways to start a business, especially if it is a popular sell. One example is ripped t-shirts. Your child could buy t-shirts wholesale, fashionably cut holes, and sell them. This is a good creative outlet and a chance for an idea to turn into a successful business. I did a senior project where I created a 3D design to convert waste into natural gas and I could continue to explore this as a business, but it is an expensive project.
14. Marketing Consultant
If your child is successful on social media, they have the chance to do the same for businesses. They could start by pitching their success and abilities to a small business and offer the services for free. This is an opportunity for your child to use their strengths on social media to make money and potentially help companies be successful as well.
I have started investigating this avenue because I found that people look to me for advice, whether they are younger or older than me. I love sharing my story, experiences, and knowledge with others to help them be successful in their life. Your child can help others by giving programming lessons, start a book club, or mentor them in education and business.
Now, you have 15 amazing business ideas that your child could start tomorrow with their great abilities. Your child is a Young Legend and has the opportunity to learn the best qualities to help them succeed, being a leader and a hustler! A business can teach them time management and give them several chances to be in front of successful adults and children that have a similar mindset. Your child can prepare their elevator pitch for their business here. If you like the 15 side hustles, make sure to check out 10 great reads to inspire your child to start a business here.
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Here are 10 great books that will inspire your child to be great. Your child can start reading these books TODAY and learn lessons that will stick with them forever.
1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I read this book in 9th grade and fell in love with its many messages. The Alchemist teaches about acceptance of others, the law of attraction, and faith. This book is great at sharing life lessons. This is my #1 must read for any child or adult because it influences my life in so many ways. It is a story of a boy who wishes to travel as a shepherd and decided to follow his dream across the world to find a treasure.
If you would like to read The Alchemist, click here.
2. Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
Eat That Frog! is a great book to teach your child about how to limit procrastination. The book explains why you should do your most complicated task first, especially in the morning, because then you have one less hoop to jump through for the rest of the day.
If you would like to read Eat That Frog!, click here.
3. Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
This is recommended by every successful and influential person, yet I have not made time to read this book. I do know that the message involves the law of attraction to bring wealth into your life. Think And Grow Rich was written based on interviews from successful people like Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Charles Schwab, and Alexander Graham Bell.
If you would like to read Think And Grow Rich, click here.
4. Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach
I was given this book by my mother. Smart Women Finish Rich is not just for women, but it was created for women because it was written during a time that women made less or were left broke by their divorced husbands. This can teach a young woman how to build a financially stable future for unexpected life events.
If you would like to read Smart Women Finish Rich, click here.
5. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
The Secret is a book that I recommend for children of all ages because it teaches the law of attraction. If a kid wants a bike, like the example used in the movie, then they know how to manifest it. If your child wants to get an A in their class, then they have to proper tools to make it happen.
If you would like to read The Secret, click here.
6. Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens by Spencer Johnson
There are three types of Who Moved My Cheese. You can read the original, for teens, for kids. I read the original book and I received the message loud and clear. This is about how to keep a positive attitude when the world continues to change direction or seems to put you in bad situations. All versions provide situations the would be best understood by the intended age group.
If you would like to read Who Moved My Cheese? For Teens, click here.
7. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki
I have read the sample and heard pieces, but it is more than enough to recommend this amazing book to you. This book can teach the secrets to financial prosperity because he has learned so much valuable information. If you wanted a book that would give you the highest return on investment, this it it. Robert Kiyosaki will tell you the lessons he learned from the two most important men in his life, his real dad that is poor and his friend’s dad that is rich.
If you would like to read Rich Dad Poor Dad, click here.
8. 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
This book is a spin-off of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and there is an workbook you can purchase. It can help your teen with the social aspect of juggling school, but I would suggest the original if you want your child to read about habits of the successful and wealthy.
If you would like to purchase 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, click here.
9. The Richest Kids In America by Mark Victor Hansen
This book is #1 on my list to read soon. I ran across this book after reading articles about how good it is. Hansen wrote about successful kids making money from business. His idea was to talk about accomplished children that were not stars on tv, but created a business.
If you would like to read The Richest Kids In America, click here.
10. I Am Malala by Christina Lamb & Malala Yousafzai
I watched the movie and I absolutely love it. She is such a powerful teenager that has achieved and made a name for herself through the terrorism that has forced her family out of their home. I would only recommend this for mature older children that can handle terrorism because she was shot in the head and still prevailed. Malala is an amazing role model to any boy or girl who wants to make an impact.
If you would to read I Am Malala, click here.
Now that you have 10 great books for your child to start reading, what will you choose? Each book tells a different story and explains a different lesson that any child can use.
Your elevator pitch is a 5 - 30 second summary about who you are and what you do. You should not miss out on a chance to share who you are to important people just because you are stumped on what to say. Elevator pitches are not just for entrepreneurs, they are for anyone who plans to grow or change their career opportunities. Here are 5 reasons why you have to know your elevator pitch!
I have only attended one networking event and I plan to avoid future ones. Although it was a very awkward night, I received a contact for a young business man that I will probably write about on my blog in the future. It was a community event and I was excited to attend because I wanted to get exposure. When going to an event that has a sole purpose to network, you have to be ready. Most people are there to say who they are, hear who you are, and make a connection. They expect you to know your pitch and recite it to them just as they will do to you.
I recently attended a college job fair and I had so much fun. I realized that I had practiced my pitch good enough that the awkwardness of waiting in line until you can speak about yourself to your future employer was nothing. Keep in mind that they have students waiting to give them their resume, so you have to know what you plan to say and WOW them.
3.Personal Social Events
I have had the chance to network in the most unexpected situations and I have made great connections since them. I met the president of my alumni college at a relative’s retirement party. I did screw up the chance to say my pitch because I was dazed by an important man asking me what school I attended, instead I said what grade I was in. Eventually I corrected it by scheduling a meeting with him to propose a great idea and we have done amazing things for the school sin. Unexpected places are the best places to make deeper connection with business men and women, so always be ready. The vulnerability of being in a social setting can help you when it comes to pitching who are and what you do when you are not in a work setting.
School, work, or social conferences are the most relaxed events to pitch yourself because everyone plans to better themselves or their skills. They want to make connections with you for a future friendship or business collaboration. Majority of the time, the conferences stage introduction games to make the awkward situation less awkward when you are a table with all new people. That is the best time to tell interesting facts about yourself and get to know others as your equal peers. At other events, you talk to others who have a higher pay grade than you and feel the need to brag, but conferences set attendees on the same playing field.
Starbucks, Panera, and the library are the most important settings to be productive without feeling like you are at work. These places have also been the basis for how I met new people and passed out my business card. I have had two Hollister college ambassadors ask me what fabric I would prefer in a blouse and gave me a $5 gift card for my participation in Starbucks. After they pitched me, I pitched them and gave them both my business card. You have to know your pitch in internet cafes because they are more likely to catch you off guard. This is your chance to present yourself and now you have opportunity to add a new contact to your list.
Now that you have 5 reasons why you need to know your pitch, I would like to share an example of my pitch at a career fair:
“Hello (shake hands). Do you have any computer science internships available for this summer?
...Let me hand you my resume just so you can keep me in mind for future job positions. Also, here is my business card. I have a blog about how I graduated college and started a business at 16 years old.
...I may not know this programming language yet, but I have been able to learn 7 languages on my own. As you can see from my academic achievement of graduating high school and college at 16 years old, I have the dedication to learn enough to complete potential programming tasks.
...Thank you (walk away).”
If you want your kid to be great, then treat them like a business partner. Here are 7 ways you can help ignite your child’s imagination for education and life.
1. Brainstorming Sessions:
Talk your children through their thoughts on life and education. Bring up topics that they saw on television and expand on what they think about it. When you start having conversations about the children wanting extra money, think about starting a business instead of getting a job. Brainstorm how they can make an impact on the community with a nonprofit organization or starting a movement. I always have conversations about what is next for me and how to better build my brand.
2.Be Invested In What They Like:
Sometimes kids will look to the parent for advice on how to proceed and it is always nice to watch the parent get involved. I know that I love when my mother is able to edit my posts or she takes pictures for my website, social media, and my published stories. It helps to know I am doing something right with my business if my family is on board. So, jump in to help them on a school project or share your experiences on the subject. Set the example for what they should do when they come home instead of watch television or play games. Read, watch motivational videos, or work on an project outside of work so they feel that they should do the same.
3.Watch Motivational Youtube Videos:
I love to watch videos of intelligent and amazing children who are making an impact while making an income. Lately I have been watching the Dance Moms dancers: Kalani, Chloe, Nia, Maddie, and Mackenzie because it is interesting to see all the opportunities they have gained from the show. They motivate me to keep building up my brand and exposure. I also enjoy watching Caleb Maddix, which I recommend watching because he is successful motivational speaker at 16 years old.
4.Explore Their Thoughts Further:
I love to do extended research on a random question I have. For example, I was sitting in the car and I had a thought about if you could turn waste into energy. As soon as I got home, I looked more into it and eventually it became my senior project of converting a business idea into a 3D design. Those unplanned inquiries could be the next big thing for a business or ways to better the world. Encourage them to look further into it and tell you their thoughts.
Begin to make Googling a habit. This will be your child’s best friend and it will become valuable when they constantly want to learn. I am obsessed with googling everything so much that I have “withdraws” when I can’t. I love to learn and Google helped encourage my outside research of any topic I have more questions about. Tell them to research the celebrities they look up to and learn their background, charity projects, business, and lifestyle because of their success. Trust me, it works. My mother says it all the time and I laugh because it is the story of my life. As soon as they ask a question out loud, tell them “Google it.”
6.Start The Talk Early:
I know you might be wondering what “talk”, but I am referring to college and future careers. My mom and I began talking about college in 3rd grade. I also completed an assignment in middle where we had to reach out to colleges, at the time I wanted to be a dancer. Then, the following year students had to create a budget plan based on a job and that time I wanted to be a project manager. During this, I was also exploring business and I did a presentation to my 8th grade class about how to start a business. Start talking about their interests and what they plan to do with it in the future. You could also begin mentioning investing so if they do ever earn money, they know what to do with it other than spend it.
7.Start A Business:
Encourage your child to start a business because they will also learn execution, time management, and have the opportunity to explore their passion. My mother is a business owner and I started my own business at 16 years old, so I learned the “behind the scenes” before I started. I also did two years of research until I found something I wanted to do, which is this blog. I believe that a business can help your child with their resume and prepare for their professional career earlier than usual.
Now that you know the 7 ways to help your child be great on whatever path they choose, begin treating them like your business partner. You want to help them succeed and maybe even at a younger age than most, so you begin sharing ways to entertain and prepare them for life. When people ask my mom what she did to have a daughter that graduated high school and college at 16 years old, she says “I had intelligent conversations with her” eventually sparking my motivation for business, education, and investing. Now, go out and create a Young Legend you know will change the world!
Legend Read: Esther Okade is a math genius who enrolled in college at 10 years old. She plans to open a bank by 15 years old after she receives her PhD in financial math. Her parents noticed her talent because she came home disappointed that her teachers would not let her talk. At 4 years old she could complete algebra and quadratic equation problems. Esther’s brother, Isaiah, is following in her footsteps. Her parents are creating a school in Nigeria, “Shakespeare’s Academy”, to monopolize on the academic success with their children. I would love for her to manage my money. Watch out, she is a European math prodigy.
Read more about Esther Okade at http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/09/africa/esther-okade-maths-genius/index.html
For the first time in my life, I was very close to failing my college Intro to Statistics class. I have always been good at math and kept up my grades, yet I am just above 60% in this class. One night I received an email from my professor, asking me when and where did I take Exam 3, so she could find it and put in the grade. For some reason, I could not recall going to the testing center for a third time, and then I knew I had missed the exam. I value academics as a top priority in a successful life, so when I miss or forget something important that could jeopardize my great, I freak out.
I had to take a day to speak with my family about how to make up for the exam and how to reply back to my professor. I knew that she would not care for my excuse, so I was upfront with her. I had missed one exam and I knew that I would never do it again. After that experience, I attempted to improve my grades in the lab assignments, quizzes, and upcoming exams. When it came time to complete the final exam at the nearest testing center, I studied extra hard because it was worth the most points and could increase my grade drastically. I had to wait almost a week and a half to see my final grade and I was going crazy, waiting for so long. My fate of passing or failing a class was in the hands of one exam, that could make or break my December graduation. With all the grades added together at the end of the semester, I received an 80%, which was all I needed.
Moral of this story is to be upfront with your college professors. They understand that mistakes happen and you just need to work up the courage to explain your situation to them. I am very grateful to have had a second chance and pass the class with a decent grade because I was scared. Most of all, I learned my lesson and know what to do better for next semester. Do not let one mistake stop you from greatness, take on step back to reevaluate and keep pushing.
Legend Watch: If you do not know what Kid President is, you have to watch him. Robby is a kid who brings up some of the most adult points possible. He is so positive and absolutely hilarious. The video series was created on the belief that kids can change the world. Robby represents the President from the perspective of kids. He embraces his age and ideas to make the world a better place. He is consider a Young Legend because he battles with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, where his bones are prone to break, yet he continues to be Kid President. Watch out for Robby. He has already been invited to the White House, so he is our voice.
Watch more about Kid President at http://kidpres.tumblr.com/
I easily found out how focused I was to continue taking the classes I needed to graduate. As I was answering question five out of thirty on my computer science class final, my mother mentions that there is a bug on the wall of our hotel room. While she is calling down to the front desk to demand a new hotel, I am just trying to keep my sanity. Then, she had to go downstairs to the lobby and better explain the situation and find a resolution to the disgusting problem. I was just trying to finish my final, one hour before the deadline, to make sure I pass the class with a high “B”. Luckily, we were able to figure things out with the room, but just as my family was attempting to pack up at 11 o’clock at night, I was answering the last five questions of my final.
The experience was scary because I was on the edge of my seat with my feet up. I was jumping every time I thought a bug was on me or looking around to see if it was crawling on the wall. Most of all, I could not pause the final exam or wait to take the exam any other time than then. I had one hour to complete the thirty question test and submit it, I also had to send my professor the extended response answers in an email because it was difficult to put code in the word box. One minute past midnight, I was taking a screenshot of the code and pasting it all into a google document, but then I had to download the document as a PDF and attach it to the email. I wanted to take the test earlier, but I was too busy with my other college finals.
My occurrence with final exam week, showed me that things can get harder. This summer semester was the most challenging work schedule I had ever. I gained personal growth in the area of time management, yet I felt like a chicken with its head cut off. Taking that final with all the chaos going on around me, brought out my determination and focus to finish it headstrong.
Legend Read: It’s a pleasure to highlight our newest Young Legend Nishant Chittari. A 17 year old talented, young entrepreneur. He has accomplished much within the last five years, that would take many others years to do the same. He is currently a senior at New Albany High School and is enrolled in classes at Ohio State University to double major in Business Administration and Data Analytics. In addition to his advanced education, he has launched multiple companies. SiO Technologies, includes finding energy solutions for a Thorium element, web development and marketing, and building a healthcare infrastructure with his business partner, Keith Moody. I was most excited to interview him because he is a young entrepreneur juggling high school, college, and running a business.
His day to day schedule is full from six in the morning to midnight. He attends school at nine until three o’clock most days, after which he proceeds to work. With the exception of one day, he works on the businesses until eight. Finally, he does homework before bed. On Tuesday, he leads the robotics team at New Albany High School and often has dinner there.
His interest was sparked in engineering and computer science after he learned from a program called, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (F.I.R.S.T), that hosts robotics competitions. He passionately stated, “as soon as I saw what we could do, I was hooked.” He now leads 35 students as this year’s captain, after four years of dedicated involvement.
“I knew that when I started a business, it had to be something with computer science. I love technology & the business aspect.” When I asked, “who motivates you”, he immediately mentioned that Elon Musk’s vision is admirable. He has experienced several roadblocks with finding an appropriate office space for his business and at one point he was working out of a garage. One quote by Musk that speaks volumes to him is “Failure is an option. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.” In five years Nishant wonders “what can I provide to people?” More importantly, he ponders about an equal opportunity health care system for everyone. He hopes to find more renewable energy sources from Thorium, a radioactive element which decays into other like kind elements for energy. Although I asked Nishant where he hopes to see himself in the future, all he could think about is “where do I see everybody else in 5 yrs.” That shows how compassionate he is for service and improving the world.
Legend Watch: I have postponed watching He Named Me Malala on Hulu, but one day I had enough time to fit in one movie, while I was taking a break from work. There were several sad moments in this movie, but I never cried once, which is surprising to the people who know me. This movie changed my perspective on life and the goal I am trying to achieve as I change the world. Malala’s story is remarkable and I think she was saved for a reason. As a 17 year old, she has done so much influential work and still carries a terrorist target on her back. Her sacrifice to follow what she believed in is beyond what I know to be a sacrifice. I would only recommend this movie for children 15 and older because it tells her very dangerous and risky journey. Good luck watching it, I hope it changes your world as it did mine.
Legend Read: I have known about EvanTube HD for a few years now, and I am sure he has become more popular since I last read about him. This 11 year old boy works closely with his sister and parents to create entertaining and educational toy review videos. Evan Tube originally started out as a way to Evan and his father to spend quality time, while entertaining friends and family. He now has over 1 million subscribers and more than 1 billion page views. He has been able to contribute to charities and save more than enough money for college with his 7 figure YouTube channel. I wish this young legend the very best of luck testing with toys and spending time with his family because he is making an impact, while making an income.
Read more about Evan Tube HD at https://www.fastcompany.com/3045807/meet-the-father-son-team-making-13-million-on-youtube
I was once asked why I wanted to be a billionaire, I had to think long and hard before I answered. I never want to be a billionaire to have billions of dollars at my disposal, it is more about freedom. Financial dependence is my definition of the American Dream. My passion for business will allow me to constantly grow my investments in all the areas I want explore. I also have the opportunity to help whoever crosses my path at any moment. If I happen to gift money to someone that I see is working hard to provide everything to their children, I should be able to. I never want to have to keep track of my money and make sure I do not run out.
When I mention that I would like to be billionaire, it means I want to have assets worth that much. I once thought that Bill Gates had $80 billion to blow if he wanted to, but after looking more into it, he has investments worth that much. I also found out Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, has to sell some of his Amazon stocks to reinvest back into another company he is working on. Another example is when you hear that a known billionaire lost $5 billion dollars that lowered his net worth, means that a company stock went down so much, his assets also decreased. My dream for freedom does not involve frivolous spending, but the opportunity to give donations to organizations I love and invest in companies I believe will thrive.
I apologize for not having updated you on my journey, but I have had a rocky last few weeks. Let me start you off with what created all the ricocheting problems that spiraled out of control. I had sent over the college classes for next semester’s autumn schedule, when I later realized she approved something that was missing one credit. I went back and forth trying to arrange the classes to eventually add up to 18, so I could graduate with 61 credits in December. After going back and forth for several days, I decided to stop in and ask her to help me figure it out.
As I was sitting at her desk, explaining the situation to her, she happened to tell me that I still need 12 credits after the 18, before I would be ready to graduate. I nicely told her that her answer could not be right and she decided to pull up the degree audit. From there she showed me which classes are not applying and why. Apparently, Computer Science courses do not apply to an Associate of Science program. After what she said, my heart dropped and it was very hard to breath. From the very beginning, I planned out my college schedule two years ahead and tried to avoid this scenario of taking classes that do not work, and it happened anyway. I quickly fixed myself and asked her what I need to do to make sure I graduate on time because I have already applied to colleges for Spring semester and nothing will change that plan.
The best solution my college counselor could find is changing my degree to Associate of Arts, completing 21 credit hours for autumn semester, and trying to get my wasted classes to apply back to the degree. I waited several business days to hear back about fixing all that happened and working to figure out my best course of action. Walking out of that meeting, I was scheduled to complete 21 credit hours on top of the internship, this blog, and investment club. Someone higher up in the ranking was able to fix what we asked for as well as switch back to an Associate of science degree. I am now back to scheduling 18 credit hours and I am on track to graduate. Moral of this long and possibly boring story is keep in constant contact with counselors so they can best advise you on your path to greatness. When I was originally scheduled for 21 credit hours, I told myself that I would do it. If I did pass 7 college classes, I would hope to be called a “16 year old Wonder Woman”.
Legend Read: This young man is the youngest state representative for Michigan. I like this story because it is interesting how he met his best friend and future Chief of Staff. They both always wore suits, even when they did not need to, and decided to become friends after they noticed each other well-dressed outfits. Lately, I have been trying to find a reason to dress up because I like to and I think I found my reason, dress for success. Jewell Jones is also very hardworking as he juggles politics and college. He is only 22 and has already made an significant impact on Michigan. I would watch out for him, he knows how to dress and represent millennials in politics.
Read more about Jewell Jones at http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/06/jewell-jones-makes-history-michigan-youngest-state-representative/95064768/
Busy schedules may be stressful, but there are ways to combat such a hectic lifestyle. One day I had a little bit of extra time to watch a video by Caleb Maddix and he showed how he schedules his day. He blocks out 90 minute times to focus on only one thing and get it done before moving on to the next.
That video reminded me that I really needed to manage my time if I was going to get through the summer. My senior seminar class that I am doing online for high school graduation, requires that all the students complete a total of 100 hours between June and the first week of August. Although we are past July 1st, I have only done 25-30 hours, which just puts more pressure on me. Now I have finish the many hours needed before I present my project August 7th.
I set a plan to keep me on track, which is 3 hours a day of work for July to make sure I get finished early. So far, I have stuck to my goal and I plan on it staying that way. This summer has really taught me about accountability, self motivation, and most of all, time management. Although my schedule is not exactly set in stone for every day, I do have a consistent college schedule that I can plan around.
I have begun to delegate certain days and times to work on specific tasks or classes. On Monday, I make calls in the morning for my senior seminar class, then spend the rest of the day working on homework for my online HTML and CSS course. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are usually my TBD (To Be Determined) times that I just go with the flow and fit in extra work if I can with my long college classes. Friday’s are usually for all my classes to finish up work before the week is over. Weekends are specifically for assignments that I procrastinated on and are due that day or my senior seminar research. Making time to schedule my daily and weekly activities help stay on track for school, even if I decide to spend a little time enjoying the sun.
Legend Read: There are times that critics become the motivation that fuels your fire. Ferruccio was a wealthy businessman that worked his way up from farmer to influential business leader. He had the chance, after hard work, to buy a Ferrari that he always dreamed of. Enzo Ferrari insulted his farming roots and lack of knowledge about expensive cars when Ferruccio recommended mechanical improvements. That disrespect pushed Ferruccio to make his own line of cars bigger and better, most importantly lighting a fire under Enzo. Since then, they have been long-lasting rivals and even though Ferruccio passed away, the competition still exists.
Read more about Ferruccio Lamborghini at http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ferruccio-lamborghini-born
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As technology continues to evolve, smartphones and smartwatches provide convenience wherever you are. I had my family purchase a
smartwatch for my Christmas present, so I would be easily notified of notifications while I am in class. As I get busier, time becomes valuable, including in the car while my mother is driving. One day I decided to get out of the house with my family, but then realized I had an essay due at the end of the day. Although I was sitting in the sun enjoying the summer, I started to write my essay on my phone. I am glad that I can do split screen on my phone because I was able to copy my essay outline notes to the essay. It is upsetting that I cannot enjoy much of the summer with my busy schedule and homework load, but I am glad to have found a way to compromise.
I will have to adjust to being on my phone all the time, especially when I am out running around and do not have quick access to my laptop. Before, I was lugging my computer around all the time or regretting not to bring it when I had time to work. My phone seems like the only answer to my problems and staying productive all throughout the day. The capabilities on my phone has allowed me to write an entire five paragraph essay on my phone while I was sitting in the car. The only task I cannot complete on my phone is work for my online HTML & CSS class, but I will figure out a way. Just give it some time, I bet a new invention will solve that problem too.
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Legend Read: I know that most of you may watch Shark Tank, but if not let me introduce you to Mikaila Ulmer. She is 12 year old entrepreneur making an impact while making an income. She noticed the decrease in population of bees, which we often rely on. Mikaila found a way to use her grandmother’s lemonade recipe and sweeten it with honey. She is a hit success after she struck a deal with Daymond John, for $60,000. She has since become an influential role model for young entrepreneurs and a motivational speaker for her cause, saving the bees. Mikaila is just one more addition to the many young legends across the country.
For the longest, I craved the busy lifestyle of business men and women constantly networking. Ever since I started this blog, having business cards always with me, validated how serious I am about business. Also, with the many opportunities that have opened up since I have taken full advantage of dual enrollment, it has allowed me to meet several influential people. As I lived to be a true business woman, I constantly watched motivational videos. I love Caleb Maddix’s videos because he is 15 and a successful motivational speaker. Just watching his journey and day-to-day life encourages me to keep going and never give up.
This summer I have not had time to stop and think about anything for longer than one minute. Surprisingly enough, I enrolled in three college classes, a high school senior seminar class, and a six month internship. The one thing I am sure about is once the summer is over I will be one step closer to ultimate success in many areas of my life. This is my second to last semester of college before I graduate in December. Also, the senior seminar class will allow me to build a design for my business idea and secure a patent. Then, the internship will provide experience on my resume and knowledge about building a community around dual enrollment.
My summer schedule took a while to make possible. I jumped through hoops to get an internship and I am still doing so to complete my consumer product. I had to reevaluate my college schedule because there was limited classes to choose from. As I look back on the last couple of months, everything I told myself I would get, I did. My advice to you is never give up. Just keep working until you see the results you wished for. Most importantly, just keep pushing through even when you get the opportunity you dreamed for. Although life may seem overwhelming with the new changes, success is on the other side of that mountain.
Legend Watch: I recommend watching this encouraging Verizon ad. Lebron James and Adriana Lima actively speaks about pursuing more technology careers instead of athletic jobs. There are many athletes looking for the same jobs and it hard when you can easily get injured and be without a job. There are also very few that can stay in the sports industry after an injury. I understand that sports can be the easy way out of a difficult situation including scholarships for an expensive college education. This should be a chance to enjoy sports while making an impactful decision on your future success long after old age.
Watch #WENEEDMORE at http://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/lebron-james-and-adriana-lima-tell-kids-to-be-scientists-not-celebrities-in-verizon-spot/#/
As I was waiting for class to start at my high school, I overheard the teachers talking in the hallway. One teacher happened to mention that her son started a shirt tie dying business and he has shirts hanging all over her house. She sounded happy to sacrifice her home and adding extra loads to the laundry so her son could be successful. Sometimes starting a business requires a little assistance from the adults that seem to provide everything else for you, do not be afraid to ask. Parents do many things that you may not realize, until you hear about about it from their own mouth.
When I began thinking about what businesses to start, I seemed overwhelmed by the businesses I could not start because of money. I had to choose something that worked for my life and was realistic enough to complete my end goals, a blog was my first step. I only needed $0.99 for a domain name, but my family also provided for me 250 business cards from Staples that cost $19.99. Writing this post was a way for me to step back and be grateful for all the people that contribute to my success.
On Shark Tank, Daymond John also started a shirt design company out of his mother’s home; they sacrificed a lot. Parents are willing to to give it all up to make sure their children succeed, even with the smallest of potential. My family has contributed time, energy, money to my achievements in school and in business. “A society grows great when old men [and women] plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in, “ Greek Proverb.
I also watched a documentary about an Indian man struggling to find acting gigs based on his looks and not being able to speak Hindi. Eventually, he made fame in India for a small part and his mother later mentioned that she wanted to be an actress too. She went on to finish saying that she went into the medical field, despite her dream career, to provide financial security for her kids to follow their dream. Successful careers are hard to come by when life stands in the way, but parents are willing do anything to ease the process along. Make sure you thank those that contribute to your success.