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RE: Business Advice For A Teenager
(11-17-2013 06:11 PM)OMYG Wrote:  Alright, so I was looking through the bussines and entrepenuership post for a while now.
Im a sophmore in college majoring in english, I have a niche for the arts. A little about me I believe I am a jack of all trades im good in about any skill but not exceptionally skilled in one. After high school some rough times roll across as some of you guys can relate. Just out of an existential depression and im thinking of the future now.
I cant stand the fact of someone bossing me around and even now working in a fast food restaurant I find it hard and dreadful when my female manager bitches at me. Its something I recently discovered I like things my way.
I have thought of starting my own bussines, something my father has always also wanted to accomplish, he did not because of a number of factors against him.
To cut to the chase I want to know what I should start reading up on to enter this world of business and self management. A little more about me I have a passion for music and just ideas right now would be me starting a nightclub or bar of some sort. Im 19, Also very involved in the arts and im open to whatever you guys suggest in business wise, something to get my wheels turning, and I always say its never to early to start, so what can i do now as a college student to set myself up and be ready some day,all you guys have a vast amount of experience and can really help me shape the life I want and thanks in advance!

As far as reading goes, there are a lot of good books out there. How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis and The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
are my personal favorites. The Lean Startup, The E-Myth Revisited and What Rich People Know and Desperately Want to Keep Secret are also very, very good.

Though I think @Sawyer was overstating the case when he said that if you haven't started a small business by now, business must not be your passion, he is correct in saying that most people's definition of the entrepreneur life - probably your definition as well - is way off the mark.

Yours is a noble goal, but don't operate under false assumptions: if you can't cut it as an employee, there's no way you'll be able to make it as a hustler.
It's perfectly fine if you don't like being bossed around by a jerkoff(who does?), but you need to be able to take it. At a job you eat shit from one or two bosses, as a would-be entrepreneur you'll be eating shit from a lot of people for quite a while. You need a thick skin. You need to be able to withstand extreme pressure.

My advice to you is get rid of your ego. Approach any and every job with a 'student of the game' mentality. If your boss bitches at you, grin and bear it, and do your job as best as it can possibly be done. Never fall into the 'this is beneath me' attitude trap. As long as you work a job you owe it to your boss and to yourself to do the best job you can. It is your duty.

That being said, you should consider the possibility of getting some type of sales job. You can't become a millionaire if you can't sell, in some form or another.
If you spend a year as a salesman - with the 'student of the game' mentality I was telling you about - you will be a changed man. You will get comfortable talking to people, you will have a greater understanding of them, you will become desensitized to rejection. More importantly, you will really understand the most important lesson an entrepreneur needs:Everyone wants something. Find out what it is and give it to them/help them get it. That is the essence of success.

Do not, ever, chase money! That will get you nowhere. Instead, chase other people's needs, and chase the tools and abilities that will help you to fulfill those needs better than anyone else. If you manage that, the money will come to you.
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Business Advice For A Teenager - OMYG - 11-17-2013, 06:11 PM
RE: Business Advice For A Teenager - Pyre - 11-17-2013, 06:39 PM
RE: Business Advice For A Teenager - The PerSev - 06-07-2014 10:46 AM
RE: Business Advice For A Teenager - 2014 - 06-07-2014, 11:40 AM

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