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Sam Ovens is a 26-year-old New Zealander who moved to New York City to live the dream. Like millions of entrepreneurs before him who were inspired to do something similar, Ovens' path to success was full of failure and hustle before he reached the level that he's at now.
After realizing that a normal 9-5 office gig wasn't his cup of tea, Ovens started, failed and learned from a number of different business ideas after graduating college, ultimately landing on a consulting business that has paid him well over $10 million.
Talking with Entrepreneur.com, Ovens offered four pieces of advice that can help men overcome the grind and, potentially, become the boss that they've always dreamt of.
Build Your Personal Brand Fast
“If people know and trust you and your personal brand, they’re more likely to trust your new business,” Ovens, said. “Each media hit, speaking opportunity or social media post has the potential to bring you a new customer. Personal branding is an essential tool for business success,” Ovens, said.
Monetize Your Networks
“When you’re first starting out, don’t forget about your personal network of friends and family,” Ovens, said. “You might be surprised how many potential clients already exist within your immediate sphere.”
Never Stop Learning
“Thanks to the huge availability of information these days, any entrepreneur can teach him or herself just about anything,” Ovens, said. “I read hundreds of books and taught myself all about marketing, sales, accounting, strategy - even personal development methods. I knew that I needed to understand all of this if I wanted my business to work.”
Get Over Rejection
“Facing rejection was a huge fear for me when I started out,” Ovens, said. "Forcing myself to talk to strangers about my business - and then, understanding that business rejection isn’t personal --was probably the most critical step in my journey to ultimate success,” he said.
Even for those who don't have a dream of founding and running a successful business, Owens' advice is solid to keep focus and achieve individual goals in any field of work. Simplicity can be everyone's best friend, and Sam Ovens' tips prove that.
You can read the full tips from Sam Ovens over at Entrepreneur.com