What It Takes to Be A Successful Young Entrepreneur

AIESEC believes in the capabilities of the youth.


There have been many successful young entrepreneurs who have proven that people can achieve monumental things no matter what age they are. But what special qualities did they possess to make it so far? Keep reading to find out.


First on the list is the famed Mark Zuckerberg known for the creation of social media king, Facebook


In 2004, Zuckerberg first launched Facebook at the early age of 19 from his dorm room when he was a sophomore at Harvard. And in just three years, Facebook became a huge success, making Zuckerberg a billionaire. Now, he is one of the top 100 most influential people in the world (as named by Time magazine). To think, it all started with one vision— of a world that was more open and connected. That’s exactly what made him successful: vision. When he created Facebook, he already had a specific goal in mind, driving him and his team forward. He was never in it for the money, though it was probably a welcome bonus. He now uses his powers for good and has donated millions to charity, as well as founded several of his own.


Next, we have the founding developer of WordPress, the very program that runs this site, Matt Mullenweg! (Fun fact: WordPress runs 22% of all the sites on the Internet)


Mullenweg started WordPress in 2002 when he was 18 years old. What prompted him to create the software was the shutting down of a blog facility he was using. That’s how he decided to create his own, and thus WordPress came into being. His rise to success can be credited to his resourcefulness. He encountered a problem, and found an innovative solution to it.


Following him is CEO and founder of Modcloth.com, an American online retailer that specializes in vintage and vintage-style clothing, Susan Gregg-Koger.


Like Zuckerberg, she ran Modcloth from her dorm room in Carnegie Mellon in 2002. It all started with her love for thrifting and vintage clothing. When she found that she couldn’t fit her clothes in her closet, she launched a website to sell it. Simple enough— except it grew like wildfire, and it now does over 100 million dollars in sales. It remains one of the fastest growing fashion e-ventures today. And to think, she persisted with all of that while she was attending classes! Balance was key to her earning her a degree while growing her business.


Lastly we have Blake Ross, the young genius who created Mozilla, which he later combined with Mozilla Firefox (in collaboration with David Hyatt).


Ross created Mozilla when he was 19 years old in 2004. But the thought process started much earlier at 14, when he worked as an intern for Netscape. He was dissatisfied with the browser he was using there and thought of a smaller, more easy-to-use model that could appeal to the masses. So, Mozilla Firefox was born: an open-source, free to use browser that anybody in the world could access. Again, like Zuckerberg, he was not in it for the money. It was born out of pure passion.


Vision, resourcefulness, balance, and passion are not mutually exclusive. Those traits blur into one another, meshing into one whole. Put them all together and you have a recipe for success. One thing’s for sure: taking that first step is essential to getting anywhere in life. What better time to start than right now?















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