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The Top 10 Entrepreneur Teenagers Who Made Millions

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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It seems a lot more people are joining the growing list of teenage millionaires nowadays. In fact, these young millionaires made their first million dollars before reaching the age of 20. This goes to show that age really is just a number and that anything is possible.

Below is a list of those who made their first million during their teenage years, how they made it and a figure of their current net worth.

 

10 Teenage Entrepreneur Millionaires

 

Adam Hildreth

Teenage Millionaire - Adam HildrethIn 1999, at only fourteen years old, Adam Hildreth together with his six friends launched the famous English social networking site Dubit. Dubit became one of the most popular websites in 2004. By 2005, Dubit had a net worth of more than 3.7 million dollars. Adam later founded Crisp thinking, which developed software that protected people from online predators, online harassment and spamming. He is ranked 23 in the top 100 richest young people in the UK according to the 2011 Sunday times rich list.

Adam Hildreth is estimated to have a net worth of 38 million dollars.

 

Sean Belnick

Teenage Millionaire - Sean BelnickWhen he was only 14 years old, Sean Belnick created bizchair.com, an internet retailer for all types of furniture. Sean Belnick began with an initial investment of 500 dollars and ran his business operaions from his bedroom. In 2004, he moved into his first warehouse and by 2009, he had more than 702,000 square feet of warehouse space from the initial 40,00 square feet. In 2010, bizchair had sales of more than 58 million dollars.

Sean Belnick’s net worth is reported to be 42 million dollars

 

 

Fraser Doherty

Teenage Millionaire - Fraser DohertyFraser Doherty is the CEO of Super Jam. This Scottish young star was taught jam making by his grandmother when he was 14 years old. He started producing jam and selling it in the neighbourhood. He left school at the age of 16 to fully concentrate on super jam. In 2007, he began supplying super jam to 184 Waitrose stores. Nowadays Fraser Doherty currently supplies to all major UK stores and had sales of over 1.2 million dollars in 2011.

Fraser Doherty is worth 2 million dollars.

 

Cameron Johnson

Teenage Millionaire - Cameron JohnsonIn 1994, at only nine years of age, Cameron Johnson began making money by selling invitation cards. By eleven years old he had saved up enough money to form his company, Cheers and Tears. Cameron then participated in several ventures including creating EZ mail, an email forwarding software, surfingprice.com, an online advertising company. By fifteen years old, he was receiving monthly cheques of up to 400,000 dollars.

Cameron Johnson’s net worth is currently 3.2 million.

 

Ashley Qualls

Teenage-Millionaire---Ashley-Qualls-whateverlifeAshley Qualls is an America entrepreneur who made her first million at the age of seventeen. She did this by taking an 8 dollar loan from her mother and creating a website,whateverlife.com in 2004.The website focused on providing HTML tutorials for young people and providing free My space layouts.

Ashley Qualls is valued to have a net worth of 8 million dollars.

 

 

Chris Phillips

Chris PhillipsChris Phillips made his first million when he was only 17 years old through dot5hosting. This website was used to register domain names, supply hosting space and hosting several e-commerce sites. By the time he was 19 years old, this British teenager was making over 10 million dollars annually.

Dot5hosting currently has a net worth of 2 million dollars.

 

 

Juliette Brindak

Teenage Millionaire - Juliette BrindakJuliette made her millions after launching the website Miss O and Friends when she was still only 10 years old. The site, which targets mostly teenage girls, is filled with celebrity gossip, games, quizzes and lots of feature articles. She has also launched a line of Miss O and friends books.

 

Juliette Brindak is currently the CEO and editor of her site and book line and has a networth of 15 Millions Dollars.

 

 

Catherine and David Cook

Teenage Millionaire - Catherine and David CookAt only fifteen and seventeen years respectively, Catherine and David Cook came up with the social networking site, My Yearbook in 2005. The site has over 5 million users and has survived the Facebook domination.

My Yearbook has a net worth of over 20 million dollars whereas this brother and sister duo have a combined net worth of 10 million dollars.

 

Tyler Dikman

When the internet was still picking up, Tyler Dikman who was only 15 years old founded Cooltronics in the year 2000. Cooltronics’ main purpose was to provide lessons to computer and internet users on how to get rid of computer viruses and how to upgrade your home PC. Subscriptions and advertising brought in the dollars for this lucky little man.

Tyler Dikman is currently valued to be worth 3.7 million dollars.

 

 

Farrah Gray

Teenage Millionaire - Farrah GrayFarrah Gray started selling body lotion at the age of 6. At 13 years old he founded Farr-Out Food which in a period of one year had received food orders of over 1.5 million dollars making him a millionaire at 14.

 

Farrah Gray is the youngest person to have a Wall Street office and is estimated to be worth 20 million dollars.

 

 

Article By Jesse Hopkins | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances.I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. Jennie

    Mar 22, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Wow.. Very inspiring! I really enjoyed this post. When I was younger, I didn’t have anyone to teach me financial stuff. The book that helped me was, Rich Dad Poor Dad.

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  5. Self made millionaires

    Feb 19, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Love the post!

  6. anonymous

    Jun 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    I am also interested, i have really good IT skills, i have made my friends blogging websites, and made them websites for them to do their thing. I am also a straight A* student, england maybe you can use me too, privately educated, reply if i can join 🙂

    • bob

      Sep 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      wow im jealous of you…

      • BÖUBB

        Jan 7, 2014 at 11:48 am

        hrrr 😀 I WANT FARRAH

    • fabio

      Jan 9, 2014 at 10:31 am

      hi, my name is Fabio and i am a 17 year old, my business is worth 2.5 million and we are currently hiring young i.t technicians, so if your interested please ring this number 07947977129

    • ray

      Apr 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

      Wow cool me too but i did html at 9 im 14 now and can code in 4 programming languages.I made a blog for my friend for $50 using html,css and php. But now i mainly do python and learning to code android!

      • Fasia

        Apr 20, 2014 at 2:16 am

        I’m trying to learn to code but I don’t understand anything I’m trying learn HTML first. Could u help ?

      • Sean

        May 3, 2014 at 11:58 pm

        cool I need help with html also….do you have a email

  7. Christy Nulty

    May 28, 2013 at 3:14 am

    There more to Life than money my neighbour ing millionaire is afraid to travel by any thing other than A helicopter, which makes him A sad example

  8. jbmafuture

    May 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Odds are if you’re wanting to become rich QUICK you’ll most likely not pull it off. the odds are 1/1000000. Those odds are fearful. instead build on your ideas and you can become a Millionaire, if not a billionaire, by the age of 30 tops.”Much sooner if you’re extra bright” Jim Rohn R.I.P.

  9. justo ombasa

    Apr 25, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    haha thank you albert!!…Farrah shud be first.

  10. brian Vandirayi

    Mar 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

    looking for investors to carry out mining in Zimbabwe

  11. Ali

    Feb 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Looking for someone who is interested in travel business..

    • Pratyush

      Feb 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

      what kinda business is it?
      i would like to have details…

    • Louise Louise

      Feb 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Very interested, if you mean tour out bound and inbound etc. I can do all European countries and Asian such as Thailand China Japan HK Korea etc

      • Pratyush

        Feb 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

        I have some excellent online business opportunities with me,with a negligibly low investment..
        If interested,do contact me at richestmanoftheworld94@gmail.com/rockerboypratyush94@gmail.com or call me – 8757856666…Hurry before the opportunity flies away in front of u!! 🙂

        • Tianna

          Apr 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

          Hey Pratyush, I am quite interested too.. Could I email you my ideas, and join you guys as well? I am good at writing letters, email, and have great ideas. If you are interested please reply to me.. Thanks!

    • J H B

      Mar 12, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Hi, im interested, i could help you with scandinavian countrys like norway, iceland, sweden, denmark and finland, also im an expert when it comes to spain, so contact me for further information 🙂

      Best regards

    • Sakis

      Nov 9, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Hello Ali I am interested in travel businesses what are your proposals?Please reply to massage as soon as possible!

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    Feb 25, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Well done to all in the list. They are all super successful and aspiring young adults.

  13. Albert Briscoe

    Jan 31, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Why is the only Black person on the list, listed last. Is he not the most successful person out of the bunch. Place Farrah where he belongs, at the top.

    • Louise Louise

      Feb 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      in my point of view I’m guessing his last place represent the best the finale perhaps ^^
      Like going to big company you meet the security first then secretary and if you lucky enough you’ll get to meet to CEO, the founder, owner etc

    • D Rupesh Kumar

      May 1, 2013 at 4:57 pm

      Bro, its how u look at things. I saw the page from bottom to up ,so for me it was the Black person who was first in the list. Have a Positive thinking and everything is possible :).

  14. Igbwo Sulemanu Fondzenyuy

    Dec 13, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Tell me if i may ask.what is the secret

  15. Jacqueline

    Nov 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    omg i wish i was like that

  16. Elijah

    Nov 2, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Where do I start?

    • Pratyush

      Feb 11, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      I have already started earning,I am only 19yrs old.I want a business partner who is around the same age and has an extremely high spirit for earning money!
      Please reply if interested.

      • Karan

        Feb 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Dude I am also hoping to start a b-venture…if you need any help!
        I am here
        do reply

        • Pratyush

          Feb 25, 2013 at 12:18 pm

          Hye Karan,nice to hear from u!!
          Please give me ur mail address so that i can contact u….!!

      • Nald

        Mar 1, 2013 at 2:31 pm

        I am starting too. Knows a bit but not a lot. Though really have the aim of becoming successful. Tap me in if you still need one. 🙂

        Nald

        • Pratyush

          Mar 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          Hey Nald,I am so glad to inform u that I have some excellent business opportunities with me,where we can together work as a team,and create big fortunes for all of us!!
          If u r interested to know about my business ideas,u can add me on skype at pratyush.jha94 or u can give me ur fb id n i will add u!
          Looking forward to help u become successful.
          Warm regards
          -Pratyush

          • polkadot

            Mar 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

            wtf another multi level marketing… duh

      • hammad

        Mar 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Me also wanna join u guys.

        • Pratyush

          Mar 16, 2013 at 6:59 pm

          Hye Hammad,sure you can join me in this amazing business opportunity that I have with me.
          Get back to me for more details at richestmanoftheworld@gmail.com.

          • Pratyush

            Mar 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

            Hye Hammad,sure you can join me in this amazing business opportunity that I have with me.
            Get back to me for more details at richestmanoftheworld94@gmail.com.

            • Prathyush Putuparambil

              Mar 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

              dude this is crazy, my name is also Prathyush an I’m 19 and I wanna be an entrepreneur more than anything. I have a buncha ”ideas” maybe we should get in touch..

      • david brody

        Apr 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        pratyush, i am 19 and interested, what is your email

      • Sushant

        Apr 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

        I am also looking for young entrepreneurs. Im interested!

      • James

        Apr 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

        I am also very interested in starting my own business. am 17 years old and have already started earning…. “Pratyush” please contact me

        • Sushant

          Apr 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm

          James reply with your email if you are interested.

        • Pratyush

          Apr 15, 2013 at 8:48 am

          Hye James,you can contact me at richestmanoftheworld94@gmail.com.
          Thanks.

        • williamsync

          May 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

          Contact me if you wan’t partnership, I’m 17 years old and I’d like to help you out amap.

      • Aishwarya S

        Apr 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

        hey! i am an indian girl and i live in US. I am also interested in the earning!

      • Israel

        Apr 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

        i will love to, cos i am also 19, but hope distance won’t be a problem

      • Trevor

        May 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

        i would really love to work with you am a commited person of age 18 with vigour kinldy get back

      • khongor

        Sep 26, 2013 at 10:49 pm

        I’m an online advertiser, i’m at same age as you and if you need help, i can advertise your business & help you to grow it

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

Which one of the above 4 questions resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts and ideas below!

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The Empathetic Heart: How The CHO of VaynerMedia Is Changing The Way We Work

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A month after I had joined LinkedIn back in July of 2018, I sent Claude Silver a connection request and began following her content. One day she made a post saying “Ask and you shall receive, what can I do to help you today?”. I commented on that post asking for a 5 minute interview and to my surprise she agreed by asking me to send her a message (I was given a full hour). This was the first example of pure kindness I witnessed from Claude.

The first message you see on Claude’s website is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something. That message spoke to me on an emotional level, and I believe it will speak to you too. I wanted to know how she created such an amazing culture, what being a “culture carrier” meant, and how the employees at VaynerMedia have been changed by her work there.

A culture carrier in Claude’s own words is “someone who is aligned with our values, I can’t teach someone to be kind they have to already be kind. The process of developing a culture carrier takes about 6 months. It’s about bringing people together and having strong core values of kindness and empathy.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of VaynerMedia, is often referred to as a combination of hustle and heart. With the hiring of Claude and the work she has accomplished within the company, it speaks to the level of empathy that can be felt throughout the entire operation.

Although business can be a challenging, tough, and often cut-throat terrain, by putting employees first and providing honest feedback the company has grown to include offices in New York, Chattanooga, Los Angeles and London, and continues to dominate the market.

Below we’ll see 3 different ways the CHO of VaynerMedia is changing the way people work:

1. By being unafraid to share her own story

Claude has been an influential part of breaking the stigma surrounding vulnerability in the business arena. Not only does she openly share her own story, but she sits down with employees to better understand their vulnerabilities and how to use characteristics that previously would have been considered weaknesses as strengths.

When asked what her biggest adventure to date was she replied “Having Shalom (her daughter). I have had an amazing life, I moved, worked hard, landed an amazing job and fell in love but it didn’t come without its challenges.”

Claude is openly gay and is living proof your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but your character, your track record, and if you leave people a little better off than before you met them. From Claude, business leaders, employees and entrepreneurs can learn to be more open both on social media and in person, allowing them to build more meaningful relationships and connect on a deeper level. A deeper connection can mean more leverage but it also means a more lasting impact on the world.

“Everyone has something they can share. I’m not famous. I don’t have anything that would be newsworthy, but I have stories.” – Tafta Johnson Watson

2. Committing to a strong value system

VaynerMedia has some serious values for such a large company and those values are expected to be upheld by every employee and visitor. Values like kindness, empathy, honesty, hustle and the art of not complaining.

With Claude holding the title of Chief Heart Officer, she is the guiding light for others. When recruiting, she says she “takes the time to evaluate an individual’s talents but most importantly their own heart”.  

Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying:”To me, there’s no debate that kindness is a strength. And it breaks my heart to know that so many people believe it’s a weakness. So many people are afraid that other people will take advantage of their kindness or make them feel “used.” But the truth is, those who take advantage of your kindness are weak on the inside. Feel bad for them, don’t let them make you feel bad about yourself“.

Both Claude and Gary teach aspiring entrepreneurs that it is okay to live with an open heart and that having the strength to commit to and live with a strong value system, will be a powerful tool during the hustle journey. It also allows you to go to bed at night actually liking the person that you are, nothing will kill a business faster than going to bed at night and hating yourself.

3. Listening with action

As mentioned above Claude’s slogan is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something.  As a woman who wears many hats, she is also an Outward Bound Instructor, taking individuals on amazing adventures in the outdoors.

Taking action on any given day can mean a number of different things but it speaks to her own character and driving force that she is able to not only guide people through the world of office politics but also through the serene and sometimes challenging wilderness.

Claude cultivates an environment of trust by first offering individuals her own trust. It is a huge and vulnerable action that leads to a relationship of love – heart – and productivity. Listening as an action is something that has the power to change an entire organization from an unproductive, toxic environment to one that promotes creativity, passion, inclusion and positivity.

“Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

To get the truest sense of how Claude was changing the way people work, I asked her co-workers to tell me what working alongside Claude has done for them. Here is one of the answers I received:

“During my time working alongside Claude, I’ve really come to appreciate her example of being a good listener. As a society, we tend to praise the power of speaking. But Claude demonstrates on a daily basis that the most important thing everybody wants is to be heard.” – Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer VaynerMedia.

I tried looking for images of Claude on her website and I think it speaks to how focused she is on holding space for others, because I couldn’t find a single full sized image of her to use. I googled. Writing this piece has opened me up to evaluate my own values and the way I connect with people in my daily life.

From this article, it is my own hope that entrepreneurs come to the understanding that although tenacity and true grit are really important, the whole of what Claude represents is something to strive towards. The “soft” skills you develop are humongous strengths and to truly impact an entire organization.

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The 7 Secrets of High Achievers Revealed

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We all have goals in life, but very few of us ever learn to consciously set, work on and see our goals through. In our naturalness bias, we marvel at those who have set and reached their goals thinking they have some esoteric abilities that we don’t. We overlook that the final product is the result of a series of mistake-ridden, unrecorded pains. What if we could learn from the process, the habits and rituals of the high achievers? (more…)

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