Don't Settle! You CAN Do It!

I received an email this week from an enthusiastic 15 year old TeenBiz listener who wanted to know how feasible it was for him to consider starting a web design business. At the end of his email he said, partly as a joke, "Who knows, maybe I'll just end up flipping burgers in college to make some extra money instead."

Going off of the last podcast, this is one of the things we will face over and over again...settling for the "norm". All your friends work normal jobs, all your friends make $8 an hour, and starting your own business is hard and will take a lot of work. So why try? Because you are different, you can do it, and its worth it. Because this 15 year old is trying and already thinking about his future tells me he has a bright one.

I recently found a video of Steve Jobs' (the guy that helped start Apple and Pixar) giving a commencement address at Stanford University. Towards the middle of his address his said this:

(to watch the video of his entire address click here, to read the transcript click here)

Take the last two words of that quote and carve them into a big slab of rock and mount it by your bed so you see it every night. Don't settle for something you are better than. Simply by the fact you are reading this blog and listen to TeenBiz podcasts shows that you are different, you have a desire to try, and you are way ahead of your peers.

Let me say it again...DON'T SETTLE!

Now is the perfect time to start a business, you have little to lose and everything to gain. Get out there and get started on your business right now. As Warren Miller says, "If you don't do it this year, you'll be one year older when you do."

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Blogger Martin Hathaway said...

I feel that his most profound point is what he says about finding a job - or anything else - you love; "... as with all things of the heart, you'll know when you find it."

7:00 AM  
Blogger Dr G said...

Martin, great insight. I have seen that before where you just somehow know when you have found your place. Any other things that stood out to you or anyone else?

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Treece said...

Don't be afraid to be different or think outside the box. If you can learn young that people PAY you for what you know and what you can do for them. Age doesn't really matter - if you already have valuable skills, why not use them and make some good money doing what you love to do?

11:11 AM  

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