Success can come in many forms. Indeed, that’s one of the most satisfying things about success and is one of the reasons so many believe it can happen: it can come from any source. There is no tried and tested route to success. Much of it comes down to an individual’s persistence, hard work, and belief that they can turn their dream into a reality. And if it can come from anywhere, it can come from young people. If you think you’re too young to be successful, read our advice below. It’s more achievable than you think.
Ignore Your Age
First thing’s first: you need to ignore your age. Nothing good can come from overthinking what is essentially just a number. Some people have the character to be successful at eighteen; other people take much longer. Everybody, in other words, is different. You might face enough adversity from others who think you’re too young; you don’t need to add yourself to that list of people. If you have an idea and the means to turn it into something great, then you should be pursuing that goal whether you’re 18 or 65.
Do What You Love
The path to entrepreneurial success is rewarding, but it’s not easy. You will face setbacks, challenges, and the prospect of failure, often all in the same day. It’s part of the territory of being in the game. As such, you need to be deeply committed to what you’re trying to achieve, and the only way you can do that is by having an innate passion for what you’re doing. Your career might take you on a path you couldn’t envision, into fields you currently know nothing about, but you should start out from a position of love.
Seek Out Mentors
You don’t know everything. That’s not because of your age: it’s because you’re a new entrepreneur, and new entrepreneurs always have gaps in their knowledge, no matter how old they are. As such, you should be seeking out people to learn from. Find people that you admire and ask them questions. Being a successful entrepreneur is all about having the right knowledge; if you ask questions and respect the answers, you’ll be growing day by day.
Be Inspired By Others
It can be intimidating to feel like you’re a young entrepreneur in a field of entrepreneurs with years of experience under their belt. But you’re not the first ambitious person who started out young. Steve Voudouris founded his first company at the age of 17, in a home garage no less. Mark Zuckerberg was in college when he set up Facebook. There are countless others. Seek out their stories, and be inspired that age wasn’t a barrier to these successful entrepreneurs.
Don’t Forget To Live
You should throw yourself into your business when you’re working on it, but don’t forget to live. You learn a lot between the ages of 16 – 30, and the lessons you along the way will help shape your entrepreneurial spirit. Keep your eyes open, travel, and talk to people.