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8 Young Millionaires That You Should Learn From

8 Young Millionaires That You Should Learn From

For those of us not born into excessive money, it’s easy to sit back and bemoan our relative lack of opportunities. However, not all millionaires get giant investments handed to them, either. Humble beginnings only pushed these young millionaires to be their best, who are proof that creativity, perseverance, passion and hard work can all lead to incredible outcomes. No matter what you face in life, these eight young millionaires have some essential approaches to conquering obstacles that we could all learn from.

Be A Self Starter: Nick D’aloisio

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    As a young kid, Nick D’Aloisio was fascinated by computers. Without a coach or teacher to cheer him on, Nick taught himself to code at age 12 and started making apps. Inspired by his passion for technology, Nick created several apps before hitting on a big idea. At 15, Nick created a news summary app called Summly. His app grew insanely popular, and Summly was acquired by Yahoo! when Nick was just 17. Reportedly selling for $30 million dollars, Nick advocates jumping in, regardless of others opinions, saying: “Be fearless and don’t be afraid of failure. There is no better way to learn than through trial-and-error.”

    Think Big: Alexander Amosu

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      Alexander Amosu began his road to success only a few pounds at a time. Growing up in public housing in the UK, Alexander’s first venture was selling ringtones to mobile phone users. His service, which sold ringtone versions of R&B songs, quickly earned him over a million dollars. Despite beginning with only £6 pounds a day in profits, Alexander was in his twenties when he sold the ringtone company for around £9 million pounds. Instead of stopping there however, Alexander used his money to set up Amosu Couture, a high end company focused on luxury fashion. By always thinking bigger, Alexander turned a million dollars from ringtones into a profitable company, then catapulted that into a multi-million dollar fashion empire.

      Try, Try Again: Colin Thornton

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        Colin Thornton is living proof that your perceived shortcomings shouldn’t get you down. When Colin dropped out of his university’s computer science program in South Africa, at first, his options seemed limited. 20 years old, Colin was broke, but pushed forward anyways. He started fixing computers in his parents garage, at first making around $7 an hour. Soon his orders grew, and Colin founded Dial-a-Nerd. The company sends a tech expert to help consumers troubleshoot technology in their own home or business. Despite the difficulties this young millionaire faced getting started, his company now nets around $10 million a year.

        Never Underestimate The Power of Free: Ashley Qualls

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          After studying HTML as a tween, Ashley Qualls wanted somewhere to showcase her early website designs. Initially garnering no real attention, Ashley thought her new site, whateverlife.com, could be bigger. Ashley soon started offering Myspace profile designs to friends for free, plus tips on designing and coding. Whateverlife.com exploded through word of mouth, so Ashley added some space for advertising. After partnering with some big advertisers, whateverlife.com hit 7 million unique visitors at it’s peak.

          Start Where You Can: Cameron Johnson

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            Cameron Johnson‘s road to millions began with a simple request from family to design a card for an upcoming celebration. Soon, Cameron was designing greeting cards for neighbours at 9 years old. Perhaps not the most glamorous of jobs, Cameron soon made thousands from the cards. At 12, Cameron took this money and used it as seed money for several different advertising ventures. These in turn made a profit, and in Cameron’s mid teens, he turned that money into a toolbar program called surfingprizes.com. Cameron’s assets before high school graduation were more than a million dollars, plus he sold one of his companies at age 19 for over a million dollars. Proof that starting small, and growing step at a time, can pay off big.

            Look For What’s Missing: Juliette Brindak

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              Juliette Brindak made a big contribution to the internet when she noticed a glaring hole in the social media landscape. As a preteen, Juliette felt there was no real place online for teen girls. Juliette tried to be a part of the solution, creating a site based on characters from her own ten year old drawings. Soliciting her parents for help to set up the site, “Miss O And Friends” quickly became the online destination for young girls. Promoting positive body image, safety and understanding, the site currently nets 10 million unique visitors a month, and is worth approximately $15 million dollars.

              Always Persevere: Adam Horowitz

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                Despite impressive success now, Adam Horowitz’s journey to success took a lot of perseverance. Adam started creating websites on the side in high school. At first, his attempts were alternately unsuccessful, and worrying to parents. Adam continued building sites throughout high school, making around 30 website with little success. Adam didn’t let it get him down, and soon created programs that help others learn how to make money online. His successful apps “Mobile Monopoly” and “Cell Phone Treasures” have earned him over hundred of thousands of dollars, showing that pressing on really can make all the difference.

                Nurture Your Passion: Fraser Doherty

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                  Another millionaire we could all learn from is Fraser Doherty. Unlike the rest of this list, Doherty was not tempted by new technologies, Fraser instead loved his grandmothers jam recipes. Quickly learning the recipes himself, Fraser started selling the jams around his hometown in his early teens. Soon, Fraser invented a way of making jam purely from fruit. He created the company “SuperJam”, turning neighbourhood sales into contracts with large European supermarket chains. By taking a personal passion and truly pursuing it, Fraser Doherty now sells his products around the world.

                  Regardless of how far away you seem from your goals, truly anything is possible. Plus, if these young millionaires are any indication, age certainly has no effect on what you can do. Jump on in, and follow your dreams. So long as you cultivate perseverance, initiative, and creative thinking, as well as utilize the tools you have now, there’s no telling where you can end up.

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                  10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

                  10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

                  Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

                  You have to work hard to develop the right skills

                  If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

                  1. Make your presentation short and sweet

                  With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

                  JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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                  2. Open up with a good ice breaker

                  At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

                  • Joking
                  • Tugging on their heart strings
                  • Dropping a bombastic statement
                  • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
                  • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

                  You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

                  3. Keep things simple and to the point

                  Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

                  4. Use a healthy dose of humor

                  Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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                  It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

                  5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

                  Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

                  6. Practice your delivery

                  Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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                  7. Move around and use your hands

                  Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

                  8. Engage the audience by making them relate

                  Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

                  9. Use funny images in your slides

                  Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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                  10. End on a more serious note

                  When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

                  As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

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