Seven-teen year old Sawyer Howitt has been called a genius by many. Howitt works for Meriwether group as its project manager.
That alone a record, the youngest project manager there will ever be to hold such a position. A native of Portland, Oregon, Sawyer was part of RFID’s team that made possible the system that many retailers use today for merchandise tracking and online shopping. He recently decided to give a few pointers to would-be entrepreneurs.
Sawyer Howitt recommends not waiting to begin your venture, claiming that if you are young, your lack of knowledge and wisdom can be made up with energy and and persistence. It is better to start when you are young than to wait until you are wiser. You learn from mistake and you can’t make mistakes until you begin.
Howitt mentioned self-confidence and how important it is. It is not a trait that you are born with, you must learn it and perfect it, he explained. Other people want to be around individuals who have self-confidence. Without self-confidence, the tips described later on won’t even be effective. Self-Confidence is one of the most important tools of a would-be entrepreneur.
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He later talked about the importance of networking: advertising yourself in social settings. This can be great for a number of reasons, mainly to meet interesting people. If possible, social media is a great way to get your name out there and meet new people. Introduce yourself to people you may not immediately see yourself having a relationship with, you can’t know what will happen in the future, but you can plan for almost every surprise.
His final piece of advice ties into networking. Surround yourself with the right people. Networking is no good if you are surrounding yourself with people that cannot help you. Try to meet and become friends with people who share similar ideals, people who are knowledgeable of useful information, and people you can trust. Do not be afraid to hire someone better then you at their specific task, you should aim for people who are on your level and not below. Do not hire your friends, unless they fit all the above descriptions. You can trust friends, but are they the right person for the job?
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