Learn more about Houston Gunn and what motivated him to write his first book.
Why did you write Schooled for Success?
I want to inspire entrepreneurship in youth and future generations to come. I also wanted to give young people more information about their options that what they often get in school.
What are schools missing?
My experience is the message is “Get good grades, graduate, go to college, graduate, get a job and work for somebody else.” I feel the message of entrepreneurship is really lacking in schools.
At age 16, you already have a track record as a private money lender. Where did you get the money for your first deal at age 13?
I had been a principal actor in a worldwide Town and Country commercial and I used residual income from that project. Because I was only 13, I partnered with my parents on the first deal.
Did you think Donald J. Trump would respond to your interview request?
I sent out hundreds of emails requesting interviews and was truly thinking I wasn’t going to get his interview. But you don’t know if you don’t ask.
What do you think will happen with his endorsement of the book?
I am grateful he responded because it will take my book to the next level. it is really nice to see that someone in his position likes what I’ve done with the book.
You also play music and write songs. Who are some of your favorite artists?
I like Darius Rucker. The music is all so good. My favorite is Blake Shelton because he is a great musician and a great marketer. And AC/DC. Angus Young is who inspired me to play guitar and get a guitar at such a young age.
Do you ever just get to be a regular kid?
I’m just like any other teenager. I still like to play video games I still like to hang out with friends. It isn’t all about work.