Category Archives: “Gen Y”

What’s the Youngest Age to Become an Entrepreneur?

One dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.”

Another definition of entrepreneur I found is “a person who takes an idea, product or service and does whatever is necessary to introduce it to the marketplace where it can produce revenue.”

They come in all sizes, shapes, and ages.  A recent article said that many retirees are becoming entrepreneurs because they still have a lot of offer and are not yet ready to “sit and rock” on the porch.

This blog post is about the opposite end of the entrepreneur age pool.  I watched as a 7 year old recently pitched her idea in Shark Tank.

An 8 year old pitched her lemonade idea in Shark Tank, got funding, and was recently featured in the Huffington Post. Yes, her company did have revenue. Yes, she did her own presentation to the sharks and it was excellent.

Today I introduce you to Maya Penn.  She started drawing at age 3 and today she is a successful entrepreneur who I have seen on “The Steve Harvey show.”

I could go on about her, but I will let her tell her story herself.  Listen to her Ted Talk.

Some trolls say negative things about young entrepreneurs like Maya Penn, but I commend her on her entrepreneurial spirit.  She is an inspiration.

You can check out Maya’s online shop at MayasIdeas

I implore all parents to pay attention to their children who bring forth their ideas.  Encourage them. Support them. Join them in the journey.

Many a young millionaire entrepreneur exist today because their parents not only listened, but also encouraged them.

Remember, you are never too young, or too old, to be inspired with the spark of an idea that can change the world.

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This College Drop Out Billionaire Invented the One Drop Blood Test

I have not posted for a couple of months because, I say with gratitude, I have a full calendar of speaking engagements and a few other opportunities floated to the top of my priority list. I am relaunching my corporate website to match Google’s mobile responsive web requirement. The new JADci website will be launched by…Continue Reading

Is Your Reality Too Much to Take? Virtual Reality May Save You.

Virtual reality has been in movies for awhile. In fact, my first exposure to virtual reality was in the 1983 movie “Brainstorm” starring Natalie Wood and Christopher Walken. Here’s the plot: “Brilliant researchers Lillian Reynolds and Michael Brace have developed a system of recording and playing back actual experiences of people.” It works so well that…Continue Reading

Five Wishes for My Beloved Millennials for the New Year

For days I have been thinking about what I want to write for my blog post for the Generational Differences in the Age of Social Media blog then I awoke this morning with these wishes for my millennial and digital babies worldwide: 1. Learn about romantic love. While watching a movie recently it ended with…Continue Reading

Sisters are doing it for themselves – Getting Educated and Ready To Change the World

By now you know that “It’s easy for us to recognize that a 17 year-old-girl who survived a terror attack against her life and against education for women, and that has spread the word about vital issues widely, receiving increasing support for her cause, deserves to be lauded with such a prize” Malala was shot…Continue Reading

Stop Lumping Gen Y People Together as Though They’re the Same. They Are Not.

Everyone seems to be getting on the bandwagon speaking about the five generations in the workplace these day.  It’s catching on. I know because I recently received invitations to three different programs on this topic in one day. I started speaking on the multi-generational workforce long before it caught on and have done extensive research…Continue Reading

Teenager Wouldn’t Take NO for an Answer Creates $250 Million Dollars/Year Business.

Teen Turns Idea into Multi-Million Dollar Business I am always on the lookout for positive, uplifting stories and ideas from today’s youth. That’s because the media tends to focus on the negative and sensationalize bad behavior. This month I have the story of a young woman from Arizona named Isabella “Bella” Weems who built an…Continue Reading