It’s clearly a case of youth not being wasted on the young. Entrepreneurs are getting younger all the time. And as Sawyer Howitt points out in a recent article, there are many baby boomers who are a bit jealous.
Sawyer Howitt, a high school senior, recently wrote an article titled, “How Young Entrepreneurs Can Succeed in the Workplace.” He starts out by explaining, age is secondary, what you need are the right skills and knowledge to be successful. The business world has changed and the younger generation, millennials, have the right skills to compete today.
During the baby boomer generation, he points out, most entrepreneurs didn’t start their first ventures until they were in their mid-thirties. Today, millennipreneurs, are doing start-ups in their twenties. With bigger profits to boot.
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It can be hard starting out in the work force today because of age gap discrimination. Howitt has some tips on how to prove yourself to your older associates. First and foremost, prove your worth. The best way to do this is through the work you do. Hard, focused work will show your value to the company. And don’t be shy to tout your accomplishments. You need to market yourself, but you need to be honest about it also. Use your youth and skills to your advantage, there will be times your age and lack of experience will be used against you. Prove them wrong, change their minds about your ability through facts.
Staying in touch with the community and keeping up with trends are also very important. Passion and motivation, Howitt explains, along with people skills are important keys to success.
These are wise words for such a young man. Don’t let his age fool you though, he already has much experience in the business world. Not only is he a project manager at the Meriwether Group in Portland, OR., he also works for causes like affordable education and women’s rights. When this young philanthropist graduates from USC, Berkley, with his Entrepreneurial Finance degree in hand, he will be someone the business world will need to keep an eye on.
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