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50 Young Entrepreneurs

Ben “Rise and Shine” Weissenstein started a business before he started school and he wants to help others do the same.

We found Ben 15 years after The Houston Chronicle snapped a photo of him and his lemonade stand. In those 15 years, he has started two successful companies and has been featured on Fox News, Dr. Phil, and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Now he’s 20 years old and he owns the highest ranking garage sale business in the world (according to Google). Ben also just added “Author” to his already eclectic entrepreneurial career.

Today, I finally got a hold of Ben to talk with him about why he thinks young people need to read his book.

[Listen to our conversation…]

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The biggest complaint that we’ve received about our book is that it doesn’t give enough ‘how-to’ advice. We’ve taken that to heart.

So we spent the last two months digging into our young entrepreneurs and picking apart how they built 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-figure businesses from the ground up.

What types of businesses are they in? How did they get started? What did they do to expand their fledgling businesses into mini empires?

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I’m pretty level-headed but there are a few things that get under my skin.

Last week Yahoo! put up an article about our interviewees and over 400 people commented. About 90% of those comments were, “hooray teenagers,” “go for your dreams,” “that’s inspiring,” blah-dee-dah. But that other 10% really made me tick.

I can’t help but fire back. Below I’ve listed five of the more intelligent comments that hate on young entrepreneurs and I’ve detailed why they’re flat-out wrong.

[Find out how and why they hatin’…]

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A good quote is more than just a quote. A good quote can change the way you see the world. A really good quote can change your life.

When Nick Tart and I did our final read-through of What it Takes to Make More Money than Your Parents (our book of interviews with young entrepreneurs), we couldn’t help but write down some of those really good quotes.

I can honestly tell you that a few of them have changed the way I live and – for that reason – decided to share 40 quotes from our personal lists.

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