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The 5 Steps You Must Take Now To Succeed




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When Stacey Ferreira and I started 2 Billion Under 20 a little over a year ago, we set out to bring together some of the world’s smartest and most talented Millennials from all walks of life in order to empower the 2 billion people in the world under 20 years old to act on their passions in life.

As young entrepreneurs ourselves, we had already begun the process of figuring out where we could have the most impact and enjoyment in our lives, and as we began collecting stories for 2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials are Redefining Success, Breaking Down Barriers, and Changing the World (forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press, 2015), we saw commonalities in how each of the featured contributors in the book went about pursuing success at a young age.

Although everyone’s path to success is different, and no singular formula can determine one’s ease of achievement, I’ll break down the 5 general steps you must take if you want to be successful as we’ve found through connecting with some of the world’s smartest and most talented young people over the last three years.



This may sound really simple, but you’ll never achieve anything until you start chasing after your passions in life. Whether you aspire to be an Olympian, start a business, or record your first studio album, you need to just go ahead and begin working on your goals. Too many people, young or old, look to tomorrow to begin work on their dreams. Or, they’ll make excuses as to why they cannot start working on their business ideas on the side, begin working out today, or why their idea will never work instead of just trying to start.

Starting to work on a dream is a 100% commonality shared by all successful people (because they would have never achieved anything if they left their plans “for another day”), and if you are aspiring to do something right now, just go ahead and start! Figure the rest out later.



At one point or another, as you are chasing after your goals, a risk must be taken. There will be obstacles to overcome that require unconventional thinking or a detour from the “safe” path. Taking risk should be seen as another step in chasing success, and almost every achievement known to mankind came with a risk, big or small.

When teenage actor Noah Centineo wanted to boost his acting career, he had to risk leaving his family and friends behind in South Florida in order to move to Los Angeles to pursue his career full-time. Although it may have seemed scary at first, he is now landing roles in Disney channel TV shows and movies as well as nationally-broadcasted commercials for companies like Old Navy and Monopoly. Similarly, computer programmer Jasmine Gao took the risk of dropping out of college to enter the Enstitute apprenticeship program in NYC, where she got the opportunity to work at under Hilary Mason and now works for Mealku.

In your pursuit of success, view risk-taking as an opportunity and not as a fear-rattling inevitability.


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If you are pursuing anything worthwhile, the chances of you experiencing a super smooth path is slim to none. So, rather than worry about the ups-and-downs, just journey and embrace the rollercoaster ride as part of the collective experience of finding your passions and working to realize your dreams.

In 5 years, you’ll look back at the times you thought the walls were deteriorating around you and just laugh, so the third step in achieving success is just to journey and go along with the obstacles (and opportunities) thrown your way. This step includes taking care of your health, relationships, and sanity as you go after your dreams, and it also encompasses the persistence it takes to grind out work on difficult days.



Always be learning. It’s as simple as that. When Conrad Farnsworth developed a nuclear fusion reactor in his garage at just 17 years old (becoming the first person in Wyoming to ever pull off such a feat), he attributed his success mostly to the amount of learning he underwent over years of studying nuclear sciences and attempting to build the machine he ultimately used to split an atom.

Similarly, Mohnish Soundararajan, a young hustler who’s helped bestselling authors like Ryan Holiday, Robert Greene, and Charlie Hoehn in their book marketing efforts, has achieved most of his success to date through rapid learning experiences by working alongside start-ups and authors who could show him the ropes as he offered his services in return. Also, a near-death experience for Mohnish helped him realize exactly what he wanted to pursue, and since that experience, he has shaped what he studies to match his goals in life.

As you pursue your own goals, don’t forget the role of continuous, life-long education in your chase for success.



You can do it! When you make it, celebrate! Even before you reach your goals, embrace a winning attitude and fill your mind with positive thoughts. You have to believe you can succeed, and then make it an action to take instead of an idea to ponder (as the use of a verb and not a noun indicates above) before you can capture your aspirations and dreams. This doesn’t mean become a snob the second you accumulate a credential or accolade, but it does mean surrounding yourself with people who will stimulate your growth and help you succeed at even higher goals than the ones you’ve currently accomplished, at which point you can begin at Step 1 all over again!


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Don’t wait to become successful. Whether you and young or old, start taking the necessary actions now to accomplish what you really want out of life pursue what you are most passionate about.

Jared Kleinert is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today's "Most Connected Millennial" after spending years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world's smartest and most talented Millennials. His next book 3 Billion Under 30 is out now, and you can get 5 free stories from his new book You can also say hi at

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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