Myself, a young entrepreneur, I decided to attend the Cultivate Success Convention in Long Beach, where I’ve had the opportunity to listen a handful of entrepreneurs that were not only an inspiration, but a motivation. Although it was a Nerium convention, and anti-aging products aren’t necessarily my forte, my mom had told me they had a Young Entrepreneur Program, so I was enthusiastic about going. In the beginning of the convention, I learned while Jeff Olson, Nerium’s CEO, was speaking, that the business made over $100 million dollars in revenue its first year. After hearing that bit, I was all ears to what the speakers had to say, and feeling inspired I decided to blog some tips and advice that would be useful to a young entrepreneur, not just from the convention, but other successful entrepreneurs as well.
1) Take Risks
Ever heard the saying, “high risk, high reward”? Well, there’s a reason that so many entrepreneurs encourage others to take risks, because doing so brings positive results. Though the outcome may not always be what you anticipate, it is still positive- because it gives you experience. You learn a lot more from failures than you do successes, and even if you fail, you’ve learned what not to do the next time around.
2) Surround Yourself With Positive People
I can personally say from experience, that this plays a big factor in success. If you surround yourself by successful people, you are likely to adopt similar principles and attitudes, just the same as if you were to associate with negative people, you’d most likely become more pessimistic. Choose your friends wisely, as they’re a reflection of you.
3) Don’t Fear Rejection
My dad is a serial entrepreneur, who is busy from the time he opens his eyes until he rests his head on his pillow at night. Now, you think that family would easily be able to get him on the phone, but this isn’t always the case. Two years ago, I wanted to talk to him about his successes in business and also about learning to code. I called him almost everyday, twice a day. Emailed him. Texted him. Messaged him on Gmail. I would often get a text back saying “I’ll call you in an hour,” and never would I hear back from him. When I got him on the phone, he’d say, “I’ll call you right back,” and the same thing would happen, I’d never hear back from him. Determined, I persisted and finally got a response, and a very positive one at that. He even told me he loved and admired my persistence and that even though, at times, he had been annoyed, he took me seriously. This is a prime example of a situation where I could have gotten discouraged, I could’ve thought, ‘he doesn’t care about me’, but I didn’t. I kept pushing and finally, after being rejected time and time again, I got his attention. I could’ve given up, but I didn’t. All you need is one “yes”.