Give us your “elevator pitch” (What you do, who you are, where you’re from).
Have you ever struggled with the advice you got in school and from previous generations about what you should do with your career? You’re not alone! Many millennials don’t find it very fulfilling to work on someone else’s dream just to earn a paycheck to save for retirement. Most of us don’t want to work for the same corporation for 20+ years. With my business GenY Success, I help millennial entrepreneurs start, market and grow their businesses. I also have a highly rated podcast on iTunes, The GenY Success Show, where I feature a weekly conversation with a young, highly successful entrepreneur to analyze and share their successes. I’m currently in Portland, Oregon and work with millennials across the country.
Who’s your hero?
My heroes are my parents. I feel extremely blessed to have great parents, because…well you don’t get to choose your family! My mother and father have great work ethics, are extremely selfless and have been great role models for me my entire life.
When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do to unwind and refocus?
I try to prevent stress as much as possible because I feel that 99% of stress is self-induced. How we react to what happens to us is almost always in our control. To prevent stress I meditate each morning for 10-15 minutes using an app called Headspace. I also make it a point to exercise every day during the week, even if it’s just for a few minutes. If I catch myself feeling a little overwhelmed during the day, I’ll go outside for a 15-20 minute walk and that always seems to do the trick.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book would have to be the Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. The whole premise of the book is this: you have to become who you would like to meet and you accomplish that a little bit every day. If you’re looking to meet the man or woman of your dreams, do you possess all of the qualities that you’re looking for that other person? If not, you’ll never attract a person of the caliber that you’re looking for. If you’re looking to meet other successful entrepreneurs, are you the type of person they would want to associate with?
Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken. How did it work out?
The biggest risk I have ever taken was quitting my full-time job of almost 7 years 15 months ago to start my own business. The business I started didn’t fail, but the partnership with my business partner certainly did. I had to leave the company about 6 months in to start the business I have now, GenY Success. It’s worked out great because I was able to learn one of the biggest learning lessons in business pretty early on in my entrepreneurial career: choose your business partners wisely.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” – John Wooden
Describe your dream vacation.
My dream vacation is definitely in Latin America or South America. I’ve been to Costa Rica and I enjoy warmer climates, friendly people and great food!
Where do you see yourself in 25 years?
My goal is to impact as many millennial entrepreneurs as possible by helping their businesses grow through their marketing efforts. Our generation will be 25 years older by then as well and I’m looking forward to all of the challenges and opportunites our generation will have during that time. From a business standpoint, I see my business expanding and working with thousands of millennials through online courses, my books, through my services and through a conference for millennial entrepreneurs. I’d also love to have several children by then that are starting to get into entrepreneurship.
What’s currently on your radar? Tell us about your latest project.
I’m currently writing a book on the habits of young, highly successful entrepreneurs. You can get updates at GenYSuccess.com. I’m also building out a service model for millennial entrepreneurs to outsource their marketing department to my company. Most small and medium sized businesses can't afford to bring on a staff of people to manage their marketing and I’m looking to offer a more cost-effective option to solopreneurs and entrepreneurs to still get the same impact a marketing department would have on their business.
Any advice for recent college grads?
Keep an open mind and test every assumption or stereotype you’ve ever heard about careers and entrepreneurship. Starting a business is never as risky as people make it out to be because you don’t have to quit your job to do it! If you want to do something, talk to other people who’ve done. Go straight to the source. Don’t take advice from anyone unless you’d be willing to trade places with them. On a very simplistic level, don’t take advice from someone about fitness if they’re not a fit person. Apply that same thinking to your career.
Connect with Jason:
Check out Jason's website @ GenYSuccess.com . Connect with Jason on Twitter & LinkedIn . E-mail Jason @ firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on GenY Success.
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