Success tips from a 25-year-old CEO

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Brian Wong, is a 25-year old CEO from Canada who was barely 19 when he co-founded Kiip, a mobile advertising application.  His company received more than $32 million in venture capital funding and has biggies like McDonald’s and Pepsi in its list of clients.

To say that his way to success has been fast-tracked is an understatement.  His progress is nothing short of phenomenal.

In his book, the The Cheat Code, Wong generally shares numerous tips on what  helped him attain in a few years what his elders have not all their lives.

Here are some of them:

Learn how to compartmentalize

Personal problems belong at home, not in the workplace.

“If your boyfriend dumps you, somebody steals your credit cards, and your best friend is the reason your boyfriend dumped you, show up [for work] like it never happened,” he writes.

“Walk it off.”

Stomp out fear

Face your fears.  Take control.

“Don’t be afraid of what you can’t do. Appreciate what you’ve got — which is, by the way, more than most people have had since the dawn of civilization — and go from there.”

During tough situations like critical meetings, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”

Pitch yourself

Business is always personal, he says.  You cannot distinguish yourself from your business project.

“Your goal should be to get people to invest in you, not your project.”

Know your strengths

“No matter who you are or what you do in life, you have a superpower — and by that I mean something you do far better than most people.f you’re not using it, you’re crazy.”

figure out what your strengths are, or ask someone close to you, Wong recommends.

Tune out

Moderate your social media time, he suggests.   It can cause stress.

“This information overload is causing short-term memory loss, higher stress and worse health. Stop trying to be in touch with everybody all the time.”

“Don’t feel like you’ve got to notify the world every time you have lunch.”

Stop comparing yourself to others

“It’s a waste of time to compare yourself to the upper echelon of the whole world. You’ll always lose and when you do, you’ll feel like a loser.”

“If you can be a better you every day, you can win the race.”

Present yourself in the best way possible

“Like it or not, presentation matters. Your brand is only as good as its presentation: how it looks, sounds and feels.”

“And it’s not just the way you present yourself. You should also be thoughtful about how you present your work to your boss.”

Get out more

“It’s easier, of course, to stay in the comfort of your own cocoon. But to fully understand the world, you have to get out and be in the world.”

“When you suck it up and hit the road, your worldview grows — and with it, your consciousness.”

9. Go to museums

“Museums are one of the greatest cheats of humankind. They’re specifically designed to cut to the core of greatness.”

“It’s inspiring, if you let it be.”


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