I love entrepreneurship. I wrote this book to inspire other young people to learn about it but also make more parents and educators aware of a career path that’s often overlooked.
Yes, I’m only 16. But I come a family of entrepreneurs and decided I wanted to work for myself when I was really young. Without support and encouragement from them and other wonderful mentors, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
My mom and my grandmother are at the top of the list. Both are successful entrepreneurs and introduced me to the world of business before I was a teenager. I don’t know if I can ever thank them enough.
Donald Trump did me an incredible honor when he responded by my email asking for an interview for the book. I am humbled and overwhelmed by his encouragement and endorsement.
Other successful people also took time out of their busy lives to guide me in pursuing my passions. Entrepreneurship allows people like me to earn money doing what they love.
I learned early that you don’t get what you don’t ask for. When I was 13 I asked my parents if I could put my income from appearing in a TV commercial to better use by partnering with them on a real estate project. They said “Yes.”
When I was 14 and working on my first book I asked Donald Trump if he’d answer some questions about entrepreneurship. He said “Yes.”
Like anyone else, I’ve heard my share of “No’s,” too. “No” is a part of life and certainly a part of business but I try not to take rejection personally. Hearing “No” motivates me to try harder next time.
My wish is that the book empowers young people as well as their parents and teachers to think about the future in new ways. It may not be entrepreneurship but it will require the courage to ask questions and take risks.
I’m excited about the book and inspired to share my ideas. I don’t know what my own journey will look like but I’d be honored if you joined me on it.