Entrepreneur.com put out a cool slideshow that I just came across which profiles some of the most successful entrepreneurs under 40 years of age in America.
It includes people like Tina Wells, 26, founder of Buzz Marketing Group, a youth marketing agency specializing in research, events and promotions. She has $3.3 million in sales and offers the following advice for young entrepreneurs: “You can't just buckle at the first sign of a minor disaster. You really have to keep your composure and realize at the end of the day we're not fighting World War III here. Try not to take it so seriously.”
There is also Thomas Gorny, 30, founder of iPower, a web hosting and services company with over $40 million in sales. His secret to success? “I would say it's drive. Nothing is good enough. Even when we reach a goal, I want a better goal.”
Another favorite is Corey Pitts, 37, founder of International Catastrophe Solutions, a $40 million disaster recovery for commercial enterprises business. His advice for young entrepreneurs is: “Surround yourself with positive people. When the days were rough and tough, [my wife] was positive [we should] keep going. I have stayed away from people that said, ‘Why are you doing it? You had a good job, you had vacation, you shouldn't do that.’ I stay with positive people. Both sides of my family–her parents and my parents–were very positive and gave me that support.
It is a great collection of stories in a flash where you can then read more in detail if you are interested. I find reading success stories to be motivational and I always get a few new great ideas that I can implement into my own business. I hope you check it out and enjoy! Let me know what you think after you have a had a chance to go through them!