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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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                                  How to Create Your Road Map to Success (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                                  How to Create Your Road Map to Success (A Step-By-Step Guide)

                                  Everyone has their own definition of what success means to them. Well, at least we all should by the very fact that no two individuals are created 100% alike.

                                  Our road map to success should be different to the person standing next to us. But we can get caught in the dangerous trap that someone else’s ideas of success should also be ours. Be careful.

                                  Regardless of whether or not we’re talking about your working career, business or personal life, it is truly hard to resist the contagious excitement surrounding those fantastic dreams and goals you allow yourself to explore.

                                  The ‘come-down’ after attending a euphoric state-inducing personal development seminar can often result in you feeling the slump of post-seminar blues. Worse still, your everyday circumstances don’t accommodate the changes you swore to make that weekend. Nothing changes.

                                  Get ready to kiss goodbye the post-seminar blues and skip to each destination on your roadmap to your successes. By repeating over and over these simple steps, the quality of your life will improve.

                                  You will want to use these steps as standard strategies to carry you toward further success in whatever shape or form you choose.

                                  1. Define What Success Means to You

                                  Is it just having enough money or more money than you might ever need that allows you to feel and judge yourself a success? Is it about having a beautiful house worth more than $2,000,000 on the upper east side of Manhattan?

                                  Is it about having a loving partner who supports you in your endeavors? Do you equally support each other?

                                  Is it through the tertiary education roadmap that you only feel valid you can make a meaningful and successful contribution to help the world economy turn? Is that your definition of success or is it someone else’s? Maybe your mom’s or your dad’s?

                                  When her daughter Christina found her on the floor of her office, in a pool of blood having hit her head and breaking her cheekbone as she fell, CEO of Thrive Global and celebrated author of Thrive, Ariana Huffington had a wake-up call in more ways than one.[1]

                                  The exhaustion and overwhelming stress which had led to her fainting drove Huffington to radically introduce new work ethics, values and rules at the editorial.

                                  Ten years on from her accident, Huffington still leads the conversational charge amongst global leaders to change the badge of honor that successful people need to work 24/7, and give everything of themselves and more, even it means compromising their health.

                                  As opposed to letting power and money be the two measurements of success, she explains wisdom, well-being, wonder and giving will give you greater success by nurturing your psychological well-being.

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                                  We can’t argue with Huffington that without that, we are proverbially dead in the water.

                                  Warren Buffet stated the way he defines success nowadays has nothing to do with money:

                                  “I measure success by how many people love me”.

                                  You can’t but fall in love with the wisdom and nobility these words seem to reflect, but keeping it as your only definition of success is probably dangerous. Lacking today’s wisdom at 20 years of age, would Buffet have had the same definition of success?

                                  Think about where you are on your journey. You are likely to have different goals and different measures of success as you navigate your roadmap. Huffington and Buffet explain non-tangible ideas of success are crucial for our overall success.

                                  Let’s also not forget though that through tenacity, persistence and many other success habits, these business leaders also rate extremely high on the power and money metrics. However, that’s not all there is to it.

                                  If you are not sure how you would answer if someone asked you what your definition of success is, here are some clues to get you thinking and feeling.

                                  As your head hits the pillow and before you close your eyes, what’s most important is that you can internalize that you have chosen your definition of success and you can full responsibility and accountability for deciding upon it.

                                  2. Review Your Progress and Satisfaction in Life

                                  Review the main areas of your life. Not just those where you feel you need to make changes. Review all of them:

                                  • Your career vocation or business life;
                                  • Your relationships – your intimate or life partner, family and friends;
                                  • Money health and financial management strategies;
                                  • Commitment to your faith or religion and spiritual personal development;
                                  • Your physical and mental health;

                                  What leisure or recreational activities you pursue for fun to energize your spirit and enrich your soul.

                                  Do you have ideas of what success looks like for you in each of these areas?

                                  Neglecting to look at even one area is like trying to restore function to a beautifully crafted Swiss watch, whilst failing to attend to a rusty-looking cog in the tiny internal workings that needs attention. Turn one cog, the others all turn. Ignore a damaged one, the system malfunctions.

                                  For each area, give yourself a rating out of ten – one signifies the least satisfaction and ten signifies the most – and ask yourself the following questions to help you start identifying what’s important to you:

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                                  • How satisfied or content with this area of my life am I presently?
                                  • Where would I like to live this current level of contentment to?
                                  • What would that new level of satisfaction look like, feel like?
                                  • How important is this area compared with the other areas of my life?

                                  Regardless of what areas you recognize need to be your core focus, consider making personal development and improvements to your physical and mental health, and well-being a constant feature of your action plan.

                                  You will need to continually recognize obstacles you’ll face from your outside world, as well as those internal psychological battles that will arise from within.

                                  Without your mental and physical health intact, it’s unlikely the rest of the ‘cogs’ are going to turn properly.

                                  3. Get to Know Your Values and Priorities

                                  Don’t make the mistake of thinking goal setting can be done in one sitting. You want to make sure the pursuits you put down on paper aren’t fly-by-night moments of excitement that ebb and flow with the rise and fall of tidal trends.

                                  Become better at identifying your priorities by exploring how you feel about each of your life areas. Think about the ratings of satisfaction you might have denoted for each. And now write down what you want to be, do and have.

                                  Put aside your initial literary ramblings and revisit them in a couple of weeks or one month. Without looking at your initial thoughts, do the process again and see what consistencies show up. What keeps coming up as feeling important? Around what ideas is there the same yearning or emotional pull?

                                  If you’re unsure about what you feel you wish to head towards, be in allowance of this. Don’t be jumping to quickly fill the void. The desperation is likely to have you catching the tail of the last exciting concept in fear of missing out, or trying to fill the void of excitement you yearn for.

                                  Increase your practice of pausing and asking yourself:

                                  Why does this resonate with me? Could this be a distraction which complicates the route I have mapped out? Am I becoming that person who proverbially chases two rabbits and catches none?

                                  In his book The Heart of Love, Dr. John Demartini explains how becoming strongly aware of your values and priorities helps you understand why you are and where you are in your life at any given moment.

                                  If you don’t know what you feel you stand for, look at where you direct your time, energy and attention. Look at your behavior and work backward.

                                  You might think making money and creating financial wealth is high on your radar. However, if you spend more than you earn and allocate money to depreciating objects as opposed to appreciating assets, your behavior is inconsistent with those typical of someone who is financially astute.

                                  Look back to your areas of life and ask yourself if the goals you have set are in alignment with your values. Look at your daily behaviors and ask yourself if the way you operate satisfies steps which take you further toward those goals.

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                                  If not, all is not lost. You’ve simply got some harsh truths and reality checks to face before you can go any further on your roadmap to success.

                                  4. Make Room Deliberately to Work with a Coach

                                  You have to come to terms with the fact that you’re likely to be swimming against the tide.

                                  Once you make clear unwavering decisions about what goals you’re aiming for, prepare to be un-liked, unpopular, criticized and potentially ostracized. There’s a high possibility you’ll lose the friendship and support of some however you will gain new friends and the support of others.

                                  Regardless of what area/s of life your goals pertain to, make room to work with a coach. Choose wisely who that person will be to encourage and walk beside you.

                                  Whether it be a certified coach, a family friend/mentor or qualified therapist, find someone who knows how to work with the specific issues and challenges that lay ahead without any agenda other than your success.

                                  Having that impartial guide can be an invaluable constant. This helps keeps you on the straight and narrow even if other areas of your life aren’t going swimmingly.

                                  5. Get Highly Familiar with Your Habits and Behaviors

                                  Despite the scientific evidence in support of it, we’re not recommending you need to start getting up at 5:00 am and exercising for an hour before you even think about starting your day.

                                  You should start asking yourself these questions far more frequently:

                                  • How well do you know your habits and routine ways of operating?
                                  • Do you know what choices and patterned behaviors help or hinder you?

                                  You know what you want to work on. Greater clarity on your values has enabled you to discern which priorities are high on your list and which ones are low. It’s now time to reinforce and reward the habits that carry you forward on your roadmap to success, and adjust those habits which delay or divert you staying on course.

                                  Remember though that part of the joy of the human experience is to be fallible, so don’t suddenly shelve all those character-building ‘vices’. Your flaws are a necessary part of your unique success jigsaw puzzle; they are the inspiring reasons you’re going on this journey in the first place.

                                  Demartini and New York Times journalist and author Charles Duhigg both explain in their books how recognizing your unhelpful behavioral patterns needs to take place first. You identify the emotional and psychological rewards which rule over whether you sustain, break or make a habit.

                                  When you know the rewards that light you up like a Christmas tree, you link them to new or modified habits that support values you want to make a higher priority.

                                  Say you love eating out. You love artisan cuisine and get giddy at watching the episode of Heston Blumenthal create chocolate water in his food chemistry laboratory. As much as you say you want to increase your investment in appreciating assets, your spending habits speak otherwise.

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                                  So, you might start looking for discount opportunities on your higher-end dining. The dishes may not rival Heston’s masterpieces, but your taste buds still enjoy a culinary roller coaster AND you also now to get feel-good allocating the discounted amount to a saving’s program.

                                  Your tummy is singing as is your bank account. The whole experience goes well beyond short-term gratification and satisfies several values and goals.

                                  Tweaking habits and forming new ones isn’t hard; it’s just a matter of finding a happy marriage. Take time to find it. There will always be ways.

                                  6. Celebrate the Wins and Monitor Your Progress Along the Way

                                  You must become good at deliberately rewarding yourself when you make changes that take you further along your roadmap to success.

                                  Professor of cognitive neuroscience Dr. Tali Sharot explains how the brain responds and adapts far better to rewards than punishment when it comes to learning behavior and creating new habits.[2]

                                  When we apply punishment, we reinforce the traumatic memory as being more important than the actual lesson we might have been meant to learn in the first place.

                                  When we gamify rewards on our success journey, we inject fun and humor. We also reduce the stress that often comes with learning new things, habits and adjusting to new ways of being, doing and having.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  If you hit a progress plateau at any point, you might need to allow yourself to plateau and switch your attention to another priority.

                                  The switch may allow you to think more freely and clearly about how to move past your roadblock. Or it might simply be a good time to stop and smell the roses.

                                  Your muscles grow stronger in their resting phase after a workout. Animals hunt profusely to build up their energy stores before going into hibernation.

                                  Remember that continually forging ahead is not a natural rhythm. Repeat the cycle of rest, recovery and rallying forward then…start again.

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