One partner, SAT Preparation Group, asked me to give my advice….
I questioned my advice to who? In the end my interpretation of that was simply anyone. You don’t have to be a young, aspiring entrepreneur like myself; you honestly don’t have to have anything in common with me. Besides for doing everything the “right” way with an ethical manner, I have five pieces of advice:
1. Be passionate and love what you do. I love what I do. I developed the watches in a way that corresponded to my test prep and would have helped me. Now I see my creation at work, helping student after student, company after company.
2. Learn, and when you’re done learning, learn some more. Obviously being 19, turning 20, I know very little, but every day I am trying to understand concepts and ideas I didn’t previously know. Even my grandfather, until the day he passed away, tried to learn something new every day.
3. Take risks and don’t be afraid to fail. Being a 19-year-old kid with just some prototypes at a professional tradeshow, there was a good chance I was going to fail. But I took that risk, jumped on that plane, and it truly changed my life.
4. Failure or not, meet all challenges head-on and fight with hard work. No matter what you do, no matter if you fail or not, hard work and fearlessly meeting your obstacles head-on are essential to conquering challenges and growing as a person.
5. The most important: turn negatives into positive. There have been countless days and situations where I think I have lost everything. There have been so many sleepless nights, but if you care enough, and work hard enough, in the end it all works out itself. The best example I have was the preexisting patent I bought. It was initially a negative circumstance where I thought I was done, but ultimately became one of the most crucial aspects of the company once I was able to purchase it.