by guest blogger and Viogee Account Executive, Elizabeth O'Neill

Congratulations, you’ve just graduated from college!

Now it’s time to take all the knowledge you’ve obtained in the last 4 years and use it towards being successful in the business world!

Sounds easy right?

Being the youngest person in the room in the business world is not always easy. It comes with some challenges, but if you are willing to overcome these challenges you’ll agree with me that the benefits of being a young entrepreneur outweigh the negatives. So how do you overcome the challenges that come with being a young entrepreneur, you may ask?

Here are a few tips on how to crack the code:


1) Surround yourself with the right people.

When you surround yourself with motivated, successful people you are more likely to pick up the habits that got them to be successful. Negative people tend to surround themselves with other negative people and then become complacent with their position. If you surround yourself with people that are more successful than you you will strive to be in their position. Try to learn as much as you can from people who are more successful than you. Be a sponge! Absorb as much information as possible.

2) Be organized.

If you don’t have a planner go out and buy a planner. People who write things down are 10 times more likely to do them. If you’re not the most organized person in the world now’s the time to learn this skill. If you have a planner you won’t miss deadlines, meetings, or your grandma’s birthday. Disorganization leads to people feeling overwhelmed and makes them feel like they are not in control of their life. Get a planner and make your life a little easier.

3) Have passion.

Follow that passion. Do what you love. And let others be aware of how passionate you are about what you do. A person that is passionate exudes confidence. When you’re passionate other people want to be around you.

4) Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Do all the things that make you uncomfortable so many times that you eventually become comfortable with doing them. Do you suck at public speaking? Then get your butt in front of the room and practice. Practice until you feel comfortable standing in front of the room. When you are more confident in what you are saying more people are likely to listen.

5) Work hard and stay hungry.

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks says to “work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it away from you.” Always have the mindset that there is always someone out there willing to work harder than you. You have to be willing to do things that others won’t to live the life that others want. When you wake up every day and work hard to accomplish your goals no one can get in the way of that.

Young entrepreneurs come face to face with people every day that want to challenge their credibility, which is understandable. Respect in the business world cannot be demanded, it needs to be earned. When you apply these few tips to your every day life you’ll start to see a change in how people view you and your ideas. Just because we’re the youngest people in the room does not mean we have to be the quietest. Get yourself out of your comfort zone and give us young entrepreneurs a good name.