He says it started all early – At the age of 13, Ishan Goel raised the most money for his school’s American Heart Association ’s “Hoops for Heart program.” He was only armed with an official piece of paper and the tenacity to help. Ishan started his own marketing firm at the age of 14 giving out free and discounted services so he could understand the art of social media management and outsourcing.
Today, Ishan Goel is a leader at his school, Coppell High where he has launched a club which offers students to enter the community as medically trained volunteers. He has successfully certified and trained students in his organisation in CPR, First Aid and AED by working with his local Fire Department’s training programs.
His approach to networking is what intrigued me the most during our conversation. He explained to me how his camera was his “ticket” in the doors. He explained how it is hard to get in the same room as a billionaire but with his camera, he is not only able to get in, but he is able to network and connect with top notch professionals and leaders, eventually pitching his other projects and building a strong relationship by sending them his work afterwards.
Towards the end, Ishan Goel shared some of the techniques he used to go from a normal high school student to a business owner. Here are his business tips:
1. Build a strong network
If you haven’t already made a personal website, Facebook FB -2.28%, LinkedIn LNKD -0.06%, Cyber Dust or Twitter TWTR -3.05% account you should do that right now. I highly recommend downloading Cyber Dust to connect leaders and mentors in your area. This app helps you directly communicate with people like Mark Cuban and build new business relationships.
2. Be prepared
Ishan picked that up in Boy Scouts. You have to be prepared physically and mentally for everything. Sometimes you can’t get what you want but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop trying. Get up, dress up and work hard every single day.
3. Find what makes you unique
What gives you the upper hand on everyone else you know? Once you know what it is, get better at it until you can do it in your sleep. Bringing back value is what people look for in anyone who they are interested in bringing on. If you know how to do something others don’t and if you are good at it – nothing can stop you from being successful.
4. Surround yourself with the best. The people around you can and will put you down and drain you of any potential you could possibly have. It’s time to leave those people behind and surround yourself with people who will build you up. Find a mentor who will take you to where you want to be.
5. Be a shark. If you want something and you are dedicated don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your business goals.
“lead me, follow me or get the hell out of my way” – George S Patton Jr.
If you are giving something fifty percent, why do it at all? If you are doing something give it your all and you will see results. Make sure you, learn how to rest not to quit that’s what will separate you from an entrepreneur and a wantrepreneur.
Photo Credit: Ishan Goel
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