High school is a time of preset paths and rules, adults telling you what to do while also expecting you to figure it out yourself, and waiting.
But not everyone is satisfied with this. Young entrepreneurs seek to make their own way, to take control and give themselves a new path that others can’t even see. If any of these sound familiar, you just might be destined to be a young entrepreneur.
You might well wonder whether entrepreneur simply means “a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money” or whether it carries an additional connotation of far-sightedness and innovation. The answer, perhaps unsatisfyingly, is that it can go in either direction
I Want to Be Treated Like an Adult.
Build your future on how awesome you are. Why wait for four years when you can rule now?
Freedom to be recognized for what you do, not who you are.
Cory Nieves also known as “Mr. Cory” always dreamed of making the world better for everyone he knows. That passion, combined with a love of treats and an entrepreneurial spirit, led him to be the owner of Mr. Cory’s Cookies at just six-years-old. In 2010, Mr. Cory told his mother, Lisa, he was tired of taking the bus to school and he wanted to buy a car.
He developed his own line of all-natural, organic cookies that are now carried in national chains such as Whole Foods, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and more. Mr. Cory knew what he wanted, and now no one treats him as anything less than an adult.
I Know There’s Something Better Out There.
Sometimes class just feels like it’s moving way too slow. You feel like you’re stuck; you’re told you have to go slower to fit with the rest of the class. You have bigger, better ideas than your friends and family around you.
You’re ready to find what’s out there.
If you were a 13-year-old lacrosse player who didn’t like the equipment on the market, what would you do? Well, if you were Rachel Zietz, you would start your own company!
Gladiator Lacrosse was founded in 2012, and is now a $1 million+ company! Rachel was personally responsible for every aspect of product design, from materials to packaging. She even recruited Lacrosse superstar Casey Powell as a brand ambassador.
Nothing Will Get in My Way.
You don’t give up when things get tough—you love a challenge. You might lose the battle, but you always win the war. There’s no such thing as failure; other people just didn’t try hard enough or gave up too soon. You’ve been called stubborn, knuckle-headed, OLD. But you’re not.
You just don’t know when to quit.
Fourteen-year-old Amber Kelley knows what kids want to eat. She knows kids want to eat delicious foods, and that deep down, kids want to eat foods that make them smarter, stronger, and feel good.
But it’s not so easy when school lunches consist of processed foods, and classrooms host birthday parties with cupcakes every other day. To top it off, Amber knows firsthand the pressures from other kids to eat “cool” packaged foods. In the second grade, Amber was bullied about her healthy home-packed lunches. This inspired her to prove that “being healthy is cool” by starting a blog and YouTube show, Cook with Amber, featuring Amber in the kitchen making her delicious, easy family recipes.
Amber has definitely proved being healthy is cool: she won Food Network’s Star Kids, was recognized by Michelle Obama, and has over 40,000 subscribers on her personal blog.
I Want to Make My Own Decisions.
No one tells you what to do. You want to earn respect for your hard work. You want to earn real rewards. You want to learn and try new things, but you detest busywork.
You want to break the mold and make your own rules.
After being disappointed in the bow ties available to him on the market, a fashion-forward, 9-year-old Moziah Bridges learned how to sew his own with the help of his grandmother. He began selling his bow ties on Etsy and his products were soon picked up by boutiques in several states.
On top of his business success, Bridges was invited to the inaugural White House Demo Day, where he was able to personally meet President Obama and gift him with a special “Obama blue” Mo’s Bow. Bridges, who was mentored by Shark Tank’s Daymond John, is now 14 years old and serves as the CEO of Mo’s Bows handmade bow ties, a Memphis based, family-run business.
You Never Know Until You Try.
You never stopped asking “Why?” You want things to change; you want to be the one to make them. Sometimes you feel misunderstood, other times you feel like you might be smarter than everyone around you. You want the freedom to try.
You see the problems, and you want to fix them.
In 2010, a new mobile game app called “Bubble Ball” launched in the Apple app store. In its first two weeks it received more than 1 million downloads, surpassing “Angry Birds” as the most downloaded free game from Apple. Robert Nay, a 14-year-old with no previous coding experience, built this game.
According to CNN, Nay learned everything he needed to know through research at the public library, and produced 4,000 lines of code for his physics-based puzzle game in just one month. Nay Games now offers games to help students learn sight words and spelling, Bubble Ball Pro, and Bubble Ball: Curiosity Edition, in addition to the original Bubble Ball.