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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 Develop Mental Toughness And Stay Strong

                                  How to Develop Mental Toughness And Stay Strong

                                  Are you the kind of person who wants to achieve massive success in your life? Do you have the mental toughness to make that happen?

                                  I think we can all agree that no matter your ambitions, achieving success can be difficult; and over time, the daily grind can take a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

                                  Achievers and high performers from all walks of life face ups and downs along the path to success—they face failure, burnout, discouragement, fatigue, self-limiting beliefs, stress, and so much more.

                                  How do some people continually strive towards their personal goals year after year while others give up on them? How do those people stay strong and persevere when there is so much stacked against them?

                                  Studies now show that mental strength is a critical key to success. If you haven’t read Angela Duckworth’s book Grit, you should. In it, she shows that “the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls ‘grit.’” In other words, mental toughness plays a significant role when it comes to achieving goals.

                                  Sometimes, our goals wear us down and leave us feeling exhausted. Other times, our goals get difficult, and success seems impossible, so we lose hope, become discouraged, and want to quit.

                                  At its core, mental toughness is simply the ability to stick to something when the going gets tough. People with high levels of mental toughness can push beyond these obstacles and forge a path towards success while those with lower levels of mental toughness may abandon their dreams.

                                  Want to know the good news?

                                  No matter who you are, what you’ve been told, or what you currently believe, you can develop the mental toughness you need to be successful.

                                  All you need to do is learn to develop a positive mindset, focus on your why, and utilize the people around you for support.

                                  1. Develop a Positive Mindset

                                  If you’re going to increase your mental toughness, the first thing you have to do is focus on building a strong, positive mindset.

                                  According to the Cleveland Clinic, the average person has 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 95% of those thoughts repeat each day and, on average, 80% of repeated ideas are negative.[1]

                                  That’s roughly 45,600 negative thoughts per day!

                                  Carrying around these negative thoughts is like going on a hike in the mountains with a backpack full of rocks. The hike is hard enough on its own, but having extra junk weighing you down is a recipe for failure.

                                  Sometimes, building mental toughness isn’t as much about building new strength as it is about saving your strength for the right tasks. Wouldn’t it be easier to dump the rocks out of the backpack instead of trying to get strong enough to carry the extra weight?

                                  Absolutely!

                                  But how can we learn to spot those 45,600 negative thoughts and get rid of them? How can we empty our metaphorical backpack?

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                                  Well, it gets a whole lot easier if you know what you’re looking for. Some of the most prominent types of negative thoughts are self-limiting beliefs, all-or-nothing thinking, and dwelling.

                                  Let Go of Self-Limiting Beliefs

                                  It’s pretty hard to be mentally tough when you’re constantly beating yourself up. Self-limiting beliefs are any beliefs that hold you back in some way. Here are some examples:

                                  “I’m not smart enough to…”

                                  “I don’t have enough experience to…”

                                  “I’ve tried that before, and it didn’t go well, so I must just be bad at…”

                                  When we allow these self-limiting beliefs to flood our minds, negative self-talk runs rampant, and we crowd out our ability to think positively. We’re effectively working against ourselves.

                                  If you want to keep your mind strong on your path to success, you have to overcome the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back by realizing one key truth: self-limiting beliefs are thoughts, not facts.

                                  When you recognize a self-limiting belief cropping up in your mind, quickly silence it by telling yourself that it’s not true and then back that up with some positive affirmations:

                                  • “I am smart enough; I may just need to do some more research first.”
                                  • “I may not have as much experience as someone else, but that’s not going to stop me from trying. I have enough experience to get started. I’ll figure the rest out on the way.”
                                  • “Just because I failed at this last time doesn’t mean I’m going to fail this time. My past does not dictate my future.”

                                  Get Rid of the All-or-Nothing Thinking

                                  Another form of negative thinking that could be preventing you from building mental toughness is all-or-nothing thinking.

                                  All-or-nothing thinking is the concept of thinking in extremes. You are either a success or a failure. Your performance was totally good or totally awful. If you’re not perfect, then you’re a failure.

                                  But this isn’t true!

                                  If you’re trying to lose 30 pounds and only lost 28, isn’t that still better than not losing any weight at all? I’d say so!

                                  If you allow all-or-nothing thinking to rule your mind, you’ll be on cloud nine when you succeed, but you’ll beat yourself up when you “fail.” Acknowledging the shades of gray in between will allow you to see success more often and it will help you celebrate your smaller wins.

                                  When you recognize an all-or-nothing thought, remember to look for the positive in the situation. What did you gain by trying? What would you have missed out on had you not tried? Could you do better if you were to try again?

                                  Ditch the Dwelling

                                  Self-Limiting Beliefs and All-or-Nothing Thinking can lead to a bad case of dwelling on the negative. If you want to build some mental toughness and keep your mind strong, you have to ditch the dwelling.

                                  Every day, bad things happen to each of us, and while there’s nothing we can do to prevent that, we can control how we react to these situations.

                                  When we dwell on our misfortunes, we waste massive amounts of energy that we could be using to achieve our goals. When this happens, we’re more likely to quit altogether.

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                                  But that doesn’t mean you’re not mentally tough; it just means you’re misusing your energy.

                                  The next time something bad happens, it’s important to allow yourself to feel the disappointment and frustration, but work on reducing the amount of time you dwell on the situation.

                                  Easier said than done, right? Try these:

                                  1. Call a friend or mentor and talk it through with them. Get some outside perspective on your situation.
                                  2. Time block your dwelling by allowing yourself to dwell for no more than one hour.
                                  3. Then, tell yourself to move on, that you’re human, and you’re allowed to make mistakes or experience setbacks.
                                  4. If all else fails, find a good way to distract yourself until you can calm down and reexamine things with a clear mind.

                                  The faster you can focus on the positives and move past the problem, the quicker you can get back to achieving success in your life.

                                  Be Patient about the Process

                                  No matter which negative thoughts tend to run around your mind, working to replace them with positive thoughts can take time.

                                  Learning to spot self-limiting beliefs, all-or-nothing thinking, or dwelling is one thing, but learning to quiet those thoughts is another thing entirely.

                                  If at first you don’t succeed, don’t fret. Instead, take a deep breath and try again. As you work towards improving your mindfulness and your mental toughness, remember that you’re going to get better with time.

                                  To make things a little easier, it helps to connect with your purpose.

                                  2. Connect with Your Purpose

                                  One of the most critical elements to building mental toughness and keeping a strong and focused mind is having a strong ‘why’ for everything you want to do.

                                  If you set out to achieve a huge goal that you don’t have a ‘why’ for, you’re going to find yourself distracted, discouraged, or disengaged as soon as you experience your first setback.

                                  Think about the last time you were working on a goal or resolution and things weren’t going well, maybe you even wanted to quit. Perhaps you thought you didn’t have enough willpower. Maybe you told yourself that you didn’t have enough discipline.

                                  Here’s the truth: you just didn’t have a strong enough why.

                                  Simon Sinek has been spreading his message “Start with Why” across the globe.[2] In short, he says that:

                                  “Your ‘why’ is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.”

                                  One of the biggest drains on your mental energy is pursuing a goal or a task that you don’t have a ‘why’ for. This is when we tend to look for external motivation or question our willpower, but those aren’t the issues.

                                  Often, we set goals because we like the idea of the goal, not the reality of the goal. Without connecting to our why, we can’t intrinsically motivate ourselves to achieve our most challenging goals.

                                  Find Intrinsic Motivation

                                  Intrinsic motivation is our innate desire to do something and it comes when we work towards something that satisfies ourselves above all else—not our parents or our bosses or our teachers.

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                                  Let’s say you think you want to quit smoking because you know it’s bad for you, but you really enjoy smoking. If you don’t truly want to quit smoking, it’s going to be nearly impossible, regardless of your willpower or mental toughness.

                                  But if you want to quit smoking because you just had a baby, and you don’t want your baby growing up around smoke, then that ‘why’ is going to give you intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is far more powerful than sheer stubborn willpower, and it’s far easier to maintain over the long haul.

                                  If you’re trying to develop mental toughness, connecting a why to everything you want to achieve will reduce the effort and energy it will take to achieve those things. Once you’ve found a strong why for all of your goals, you’ll find that you’ll have significantly more energy to pursue your more difficult challenges.

                                  3. Find Strength in Unity

                                  The final aspect of developing mental toughness is embracing the idea that you’re not in this alone. It’s a fact, anyone who’s ever achieved success in anything didn’t do so alone.

                                  Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft alone. Oprah didn’t build her network by herself. Steve Jobs didn’t invent the iPhone without a team. Michelle Obama didn’t implement the “Let’s Move” campaign on her own.

                                  Behind all of these successful people were countless other people who were there offering support, mentorship, guidance, and encouragement.

                                  If you want to develop unmatched mental toughness, you need to understand that you don’t have to go it alone. Even the toughest Navy Seals have a team backing them up.

                                  If you want to stay strong in your endeavors, you need to build a team of supporters who will step in and back you up when it counts.

                                  Find a Mentor or Committee of Mentors

                                  The benefits of having a great mentor are far too many to list, but to boil it down to the basics, a mentor is someone who will help show you the path to success.

                                  A good mentor will help you discover your greatest strengths, spot and overcome your blind spots, and work through your weaknesses.

                                  If you’re struggling to deal with your internal negativity or with finding your purpose, talk it through with a mentor. Sometimes we lose the forest for the trees, and a mentor can help us take a step back and see the bigger picture.

                                  Here’s how to find the right mentor for yourself: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

                                  Recruit Some Cheerleaders

                                  If you want to stay strong, it never hurts to have a group of personal cheerleaders. Unlike mentors who are going to jump in and help you address your problems, a group of cheerleaders will help keep your spirits up.

                                  Even if you have a strong ‘why’ and a positive mindset, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a positive attitude 100% of the time. It doesn’t make you weak to need some help from time to time. Having a group of people cheering you on will make all the difference in the world.

                                  As you work towards your goals, tell a few close friends about what you’re doing, and when things get tough, tell them about it. And when they give you the pep talk you need, don’t resist their positivity or counter it with your self-limiting beliefs or your all-or-nothing attitude.

                                  Allow their optimism to refill your energy and use that energy to press on.

                                  Form an Accountability Group

                                  Cheerleaders are great, but sometimes we need someone to give us the kick we need to keep going. You might have a strong ‘why’ for running a marathon or losing 30 pounds, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy; and trying to force yourself to follow through is a sure way to tax your mental energy.

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                                  Why not save some of your mental energy by forming an accountability group?

                                  Find a person or a few people who have similar goals, or at the very least, the need for an accountability partner. Then, form an agreement within the group to push each other every day.

                                  Even if your goals aren’t the same, accountability partners are great for giving us the push we need when we need it most.

                                  Regardless of which relationships you choose, sometimes we have to be able to work through things on our own. Mentors, cheerleaders, and accountability partners are a great way for us to combat our naturally negative mindsets, but occasionally we have to be able to pick ourselves back up.

                                  4. Learn to Pick Yourself Back Up After Setbacks

                                  Building a strong mindset and developing mental toughness isn’t easy! Anyone who’s ever achieved massive success knows that obstacles, setbacks, and failure are inevitable, and you’re no different.

                                  As you work on your goals, you’re going to face many ups and downs, but this doesn’t mean that you don’t have mental toughness, willpower, or discipline.

                                  We all struggle. We all fail. It’s what we decide to do after we fail that truly counts.

                                  When you find yourself in a low spot, ask yourself these questions:

                                  • “Am I being too hard on myself?”
                                  • “Are negative thoughts such as Self-Limiting Beliefs or All-or-Nothing Thinking distorting my view?”
                                  • “What’s the positive side of this setback/obstacle/failure?”
                                  • “Why was this goal important to me? What was my purpose?”
                                  • “Is this goal still important to me? Do I still have a ‘why’?”
                                  • “Who can I ask for help? Who can mentor me or cheer me on? Who can help hold me accountable?”

                                  Asking yourself these questions is a great way to check in on your mindset. When we get lost in negative thinking or lose connection to our purpose, it’s far too easy to become discouraged. When we feel discouraged, we start feeling weak, maybe even a little hopeless.

                                  Also, this article provides some useful tips to help you get back on track: How to Deal with Failure and Pick Yourself Back Up

                                  Tying it All Together

                                  Are you still with me? I know I’ve thrown a lot at you, from developing a positive mindset and combatting your internal voice to connecting with purpose and building a committee of mentors. It’s a lot to take it!

                                  But here’s the bottom line:

                                  A crucial part of developing mental toughness is learning to recognize these tendencies and taking action to correct them early on. Developing mental toughness is not about eliminating weakness, but learning how to deal with it and overcome it.

                                  No one is perfect, but when we focus on the right things, we can develop a mental toughness worthy of life’s biggest challenges.

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