I had a 17-year-old named Austin Gray ask me: what advice would you give me after everything you have learned the past few years? What do you wish you had done differently? Well, there are multiple things that went through my mind and there were many things that I did wrong over the past few years, but those mistakes are what led me to where I am today. The first response I gave Austin was this:
“Find someone who has already achieved what you want to achieve and follow in his or her footsteps.
Learn from them and create your own path of success. Add value to them and ask them if you can help them. See if they would be your mentor and in return you can do whatever is needed of them. Work for free, but really it’s not for free. While working for them you will get the best education you could ever get and gain their respect. Over time they will value you and introduce you to others.
It just takes one introduction from that person to open doors for you that could make you millions. Being associated with other successful and prestige people will raise the credibility of yourself. And also, you are the average of the 5 people that you hang out with. If you want to become a billionaire you need to hang out with other billionaires.”
That advice I gave Austin is probably the best advice I could give any young entrepreneur. Over the past few weeks I’ve been going on podcast and radio shows to promote our TV show Ambitious Adventures and I’ve been giving that same advice. The biggest thing anyone needs to know is to add value to others. The more valuable that you are the more people will be lining up to work with you or do things for you. After adding much value to others, and creating a track record of success for myself with crowdfunding, I have had many people calling me, emailing me and trying to work with me. Now I only take on projects that make sense to me and align with my life goal. Daily people are reaching out to talk with me or get my mentorship and I tell them to first read the books Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and How to make Friends and Influence others by Dale Carnegie, and also to listen to 10 of my podcast shows. After doing that I will take time to speak with them. About 5% of the people I talk to actually do this. The ones that do, usually get value from me or work with me. Everyone on my team has done this. One of them has become my business partner.
If you add value to other people you will get their attention. The next time you want to get a meeting with a successful person of high influence, first add value to them. Do something for them. If you do that, you will get their attention.