My advice for my peers is: “If you have the idea, execute it” If you have an idea or you want to be something, start working to get there. We always say yeah "I'm going to do this and I'm going to do that" but do we really? Time does get pretty short soon and try to live your life with having the least amount of regrets. I am much more comfortable with saying "I'm really glad I did that" compared to saying "Man, I wish I could've done that.”
LEARN WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW: It's the 21st century and there are so many resources that can be accessed for free. I would recommend watching keynotes & talks about entrepreneurship. More importantly, reading books about creating a business will help so much. "The more you learn, the more you earn"
NETWORK: If you are able to get your name out there and people can remember you as the "15 year old" who is creating an app, it will help so much in the future. With there being so many resources to connect, you are going to end up meeting atleast one impressive person. Try to connect with others on Linkedin/Twitter and make yourself impressive. In terms of real life networking, try to look up entrepreneurship events and or book signings that have relevance to entrepreneurship.
DON’T LET A “NO” STOP YOU: I applied to get on the show, Shark Tank, and made it through to the final stage before I was cut. Had I made the show, I think it would have really helped sky-rocket user adoption, but my app was still successful, and ended up getting some press coverage from forbes.com!
MAKE SURE YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE: Often times people make decisions on impulse, decisions that can determine parts of their future. I would suggest that every now and then if you are working on something, take a step back and look at the bigger picture. How will this help people long term, how will it help you as an individual etc.
TIMING: I cannot stress this enough when it comes to people and time. The way I like to think about it is if lets say you work 5 hours a day every day at your average job. Now you have the ability to work another 5 hours but you're satisfied with going home early and your 2 week vacation a year. Now imagine if you work 10 hours a day. What you would have achieved in 1 year before, you have just achieved in half of that. Again, this is completely hypothetical and there are many other factors to consider but just knowing that principle should really show kids that hustling is what matters.
THINK LIKE A CHANGE-MAKER: I first started thinking like a change- maker at a very young age. Now I don't know a specific age but I always knew that I didn't want to be some average kid. I wanted to be able to make more of a change when I was older compared to just getting a regular paying job working for someone. I was inspired to create my first "business" mainly for two reasons. 1. I wanted to feel the experience of it and 2. Money. It may sound greedy and all but as soon as people start realizing exactly what money can do, that will lock in their motivation.
LEARN HOW TO MAKE MONEY, HONESTLY: Simply put, a charity cannot run to its full ability without money. Anyways, my first "business" was re selling fake 'Beats by Dre' headphones in 6th grade. Small disclaimer, all of my customers had full knowledge that they were fake but the quality was actually very similar if not better. So simply put, this first "business" was inspired by money. However, I do believe that if you do good things, the money will come. This specific first business did not have any direct support. In fact, I kind of kept it low-key with my parents and eventually broke the news. Then my school found out and called them and I had to "stop" it then.