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16 Young And Successful Entrepreneurs Who Prove That Age Is Nothing but a Number

16 Young And Successful Entrepreneurs Who Prove That Age Is Nothing but a Number

Self-employment has been blossoming over the past decade. In this age of internet and technology, people are now more confident to try and sell their ideas and hit the road to success. With even the basic skills like knowing how to create a website[1] or marketing products online, people can reach out to the world and showcase their talent.

A study conducted in the year 2015 revealed that about 14% of the total working population in the U.S. was into running a business of their own and we all know that the numbers have been growing since then.

Each day while we drive, when we shower or go through a boring lecture, our minds come up with some of the most intriguing ideas that can potentially become big business plans, but we tend to ignore them as we are never looking to make anything out of it. Our brains are idea machines, but only a few of us go ahead to make these ideas big.

One of the most common complaints of the people who bloom late and succeed in the later ages of their lives is that they didn’t dare enough to sell their ideas sooner. Ironically, one of the most common excuses among the youth is that they are not old enough to start their own business. It is never too early or late to become successful in your life. You can begin the journey to becoming an achiever at any age, and the young entrepreneurs in the list below will just prove this to you.

1. Mark Zuckerberg: Founder of Facebook

    Of course, Mark Zuckerberg must be on the top of this list. Facebook speaks for all the success the man has achieved by launching it when he was only 19 years old. Within few years of its launch, Facebook became one of the most used social media platforms across the world. Today, Facebook continues to grow and employ thousands of people. An inspiration to a countless number of people, Zuckerberg [2] is estimated to be worth 61.7 billion USD today and continues to progress as an entrepreneur.

    2. Matthew Mullenweg: Founder of the WordPress

      In the year 2005, Matthew founded the company Automattic which later proved instrumental in the creation of the WordPress before he was even twenty. WordPress is one of the leading Content Management Systems out there in the market making it the most used platform for blogging. Who would have thought that a college dropout will take the world by the storm with a simple idea of hosting a blogging platform? The net worth of Matthew Mullenweg today is 40 Million USD.

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      3. Catherine Cook: Creator of MyYearBook.com

        At the age of 15, when people are learning how to write an essay properly[3] for their college applications, Catherine and her brother Dave came up with an idea of digitizing high school yearbooks and putting it online. With the investments of their elder brother, Geoff Cook, Catherine and Dave went on to launch MyYearbook.com which became famous in no time. Catherine and Dave became one of the youngest millionaires around in the prime days of the MyYearbook.

        4. David Karp: Founder of Tumblr

          The year 2007 saw the onset of Tumblr. The micro-blogging website which is now owned by Yahoo was founded by David Karp after he turned 21 years old, whose net worth now is $200 million. Even after all these years of its launch and facing some serious competition from other websites, Tumblr stands its position among the social media platforms.

          5. Varun Agarwal: Author of How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company

            The author of the book, ‘How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co-Founded a Million Dollar Company,’ Varun Agarwal is also an entrepreneur and a film-maker. Coming from a time in India where parents would force their kids to become future engineers and doctors, Varun also went through the painful drag of completing his engineering. Despite the pressure of the parents and society to follow the crowd and get a job, Varun came up with an idea of selling school merchandise throughout the country and ended up featuring among the top entrepreneurs in the nation. Varun has also worked as a film-maker with the Oscar winner A.R. Rehman at the age of 21 years only.

            6. Pete Cashmore: CEO of Mashable

              The CEO and founder of the top blog Mashable, Pete Cashmore has a net worth of $95 million. The website was found in the year 2005 when Pete was 20 Years old and is popular among people for all the daily news and gossips related to the entertainment world. The popularity of the company can be seen by the 8.82 Million followers of its Twitter account.

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              7. Jon Wheatley: Creator of the DailyBooth

                At the age of 22, Jon Wheatley introduced a photo blogging website called the DailyBooth to the internet world in the year 2009. The site allowed the users to upload their everyday pictures and use captions with them. The simple idea of sharing snaps along with a clean user interface of the website made it famous, and Jon was soon worth a net worth of $1 million.

                8. Blake Ross: Creator of Mozilla Firefox

                  You might not know him by the name, but you surely know him by his work, Mozilla Firefox. At a time when people used to stick with the stock browser of their Operating Systems or go for Google Chrome, Firefox made its client-base with its dedicated users. Firefox is now among the preferred web browsers across different platforms like Windows, Linux, and Android. Firefox was launched when Blake was only 19 years old.

                  9. Richard Ludlow: Founder of Academic Earth

                    Richard Ludlow saw the potential of the internet becoming a learning place, and he managed to achieve it through his website called Acedemicearth.org. The non-profit website aimed at bringing quality education among students and that too free of cost. He rejected an offer of a full-time job and admission in an MBA course to come up with the idea of Academic Earth at the age of 22. Richard certainly proved that entrepreneurship is not all about the money and some good cause too.

                    10. Fraser Doherty: Founder of the Super Jam

                      Fraser Doherty is another brilliant entrepreneur who went on to become a millionaire starting to work at the age of 14. Using his skill of making Jam, that he learned from his grandmother, Fraser started selling his self-made Jam to the Waitrose stores as a teenager. He named his company as the Super Jam and is currently a net worth of 2 million dollars.

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                      11. Sean Belnick: Founder of Bizchair

                        Sean Belnick started selling furniture on his website bizchair.com when he was 14. Since the year it was set up (2004), the company’s sales went on to grow and were generating a revenue of more than 40 million USD at a point in time.

                        12. Joshua Dziabiak: Founder of Media Catch

                          Born in the year 1987, Joshua made his first million at the age of 18 when he sold his first company Media Catch. He later went on to find few more companies including ShowClix and the Zebra. The current estimated worth of Joshua is said to be more than 9 million USD.

                          13. Ryan Block: Product Manager of Engadget

                            With an estimated $30 million worth, Ryan Block is among the most wanted tech experts around. Ryan was an ex-editor of Engadget and became popular when he found a tech community site gdgt when he was 26. He returned to his previous workplace Engadget and worked as the product manager for few years after it.

                            14. Aaron Levie: Co-founder of Box

                              At the age of 19, Aaron came up with an idea of providing file storage spaces online to different businesses. He later co-founded the company- Box which is now a premium file storage and content management service for businesses hubs. In the year 2015, Aaron had a worth more than 90 million USD.

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                              15. Alexander Levin: Co-founder of ImageShack

                                Levin is the co-founder of the world’s largest image hosting website- the ImageShack, which was launched when he was 19. With a net worth of more than 50 million USD, Alexander makes it to our list of the top young and successful entrepreneurs. ImageShack today stands firm among all the image hosting services and has not lost its popularity over the years.

                                16. Justin Bieber: Singer and Performer

                                  Coming into the music industry from the popularity of the YouTube, Justin Bieber managed to catch the eyes of the world with his talent when he was 15. Bieber became a worldwide sensation at a very young age, and you can find him among the singers in the top music charts almost every time. Capitalizing on this popularity, Bieber has used his earned money into investing in some startups like ‘Shots of Me'[4] and has a nail polish line of his own called ‘The One Less Lonely Girl.’ The net worth of Justin Bieber last year was $200 Million.

                                  You can succeed too, you really just have to begin to do something.

                                  At a time when the usage of internet and social media is at its peak, it is probably the best of times to be an entrepreneur as it is easier to reach out to the world. Businesses for services like VPN Kodi VPN, TunnelBear etc., SEOs and E-Commerce are budding like never before. People are coming up with all sorts of ideas into the market, and we never know what idea might go on to become a trend. It seems everyone has a business idea.

                                  The entrepreneurs in our list had the vision in them to make these ideas succeed. Do you have it in you?

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                                  Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                                  Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                                  Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

                                  Do you like making mistakes?

                                  I certainly don’t.

                                  Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

                                  Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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                                  Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

                                  Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

                                  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
                                  • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
                                  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
                                  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

                                  We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

                                  If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

                                  Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

                                  Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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                                  When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

                                  Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

                                  We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

                                  It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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                                  Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

                                  Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

                                  Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

                                  1. Point us to something we did not know.
                                  2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
                                  3. Deepen our knowledge.
                                  4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
                                  5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
                                  6. Inform us more about our values.
                                  7. Teach us more about others.
                                  8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
                                  9. Show us when someone else has changed.
                                  10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
                                  11. Remind us of our humanity.
                                  12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
                                  13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
                                  14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
                                  15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
                                  16. Invite us to better choices.
                                  17. Can teach us how to experiment.
                                  18. Can reveal a new insight.
                                  19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
                                  20. Can serve as a warning.
                                  21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
                                  22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
                                  23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
                                  24. Remind us how we are like others.
                                  25. Make us more humble.
                                  26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
                                  27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
                                  28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
                                  29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
                                  30. Expose our true feelings.
                                  31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
                                  32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
                                  33. Point us in a more creative direction.
                                  34. Show us when we are not listening.
                                  35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
                                  36. Can create distance with someone else.
                                  37. Slow us down when we need to.
                                  38. Can hasten change.
                                  39. Reveal our blind spots.
                                  40. Are the invisible made visible.

                                  Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

                                  The secret to handling mistakes is to:

                                  • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
                                  • Have an experimental mindset.
                                  • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

                                  When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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                                  When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

                                  It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

                                  When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

                                  Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

                                  Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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