Jeremy Miller came into my online network a few weeks ago and immediately started adding value everywhere. I noticed he was sharing great content that was highly relevant to what I write about and to my businesses. He began to retweet me and share my articles. His comments on my posts about social media marketing and entrepreneurialism were at a high-level.
We started to exchange a few direct messages and I discovered that like me, he is the owner of a digital marketing agency. Then, when I asked what his goals were for his business he said something that shocked me, "when I finish high school I'd like to..." I was stunned, he looked young from his profile picture, but I was blown away that he was in high school.
I knew I wanted to learn more about this rising star. I had a chance to catch up with him again yesterday.
White: What's behind your motivation to become an entrepreneur at such a young age?
Miller: "If not me, who? And if not now, when?"
I look at entrepreneurship as a way to serve people, help people, influence lives for the better, and solve problems for people on a large scale. Living intentionally, giving to the world and not always trying to take from the world, and pursuing a life of helping people has given me purpose. I endured an early life of abuse and depression. I overcame depression when I stopped thinking about myself and begin to think about how I can help other people. Entrepreneurship, done right, is just helping people on a large scale.
"To do something, however small, to make others happier and better is the highest ambition, the most elevating hope that can inspire a human being."
White: Tell us about your company and other business ventures. What are you up to?
I am building a digital media agency in Indianapolis, Indiana. We are a growth-driven and data-driven digital media agency for a connected world. We help companies and brands market like it's 2017 and not 2006.
White: What does it truly take to be an entrepreneur at the level you're at while still in high school? Tell us about your daily hustle!
Miller: The reason why I am able to do what I am doing at my age is because every waking minute I am intentionally living. I define intentional living as recognizing opportunities and acting on those opportunities. I had to develop the correct mindset and be open minded enough to be very intentional in every relationship in my life. I had to discipline myself to actually act and execute on ideas and relationships.
An example of intentional living:
A family member or friend is much older than you and has a lot of experience in business. If you were intentionally living, you would ask them to mentor you and you would really apply their mentorship and wisdom.
I read blog articles and connect with people on social media all day long at school. I post on social media accounts that I manage while I am at school. I manage over 30 social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.Instagram, and LinkedIn.
When I leave school at 3:15, it is "go-time." I have phone calls, meetings, and work-sessions filling my schedule for the hour after school. My day doesn't end until late at night.
White: When I was in high school, I had a part-time job at an ice cream store and started at minimum wage. You've chosen to become an entrepreneur. What are the benefits of being an entrepreneur for a high school student versus an hourly part-time job?
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