6 VALUABLE LESSONS A NINETEEN YEAR OLD LEARNED FROM NETWORKING WITH MILLIONAIRES
This valuable advice is shared by a young aspiring
entrepreneur by the name of “ Vincent Nguyen“.
Through his successful experience Vincent will
teach you how to contact millionaires and highly
influential people to take your ventures and ideas
to the next level.
How To Successfully Network With Entrepreneurs
Just a month ago, I saw the greatest opportunity
in my life present itself.
It was linked in a tweet, strangely enough. Sean
Ogle changed my life with a simple tweet.
When I read through the entire page I only had
There was a company based in the Philippines that
was offering an apprenticeship that would make
my life. The work itself sounded fun and I felt
qualified enough to go after it, but what caught
my attention were the extra side-benefits.
The person who was chosen would be able to move
to the Philippines for the first 6-months. Cool,
everyone likes to travel. No big deal right?
There’s more. These guys were going to pay for
pretty much all of my expenses while I’m there.
Housing, bills, food, and maids. Everything. They
didn’t cheap out either because it’s a huge house.
On top of all that, I’d be getting paid for my time
there along with the chance to earn even more
and work with them full-time if all goes well.
As a 19-year old who has been working in their
niche for less than a year, I felt like I’d be buried
by the competition. There has to be thousands of
people who saw this and wanted it. I was sure
they’re more qualified than me.
I almost ignored it. I almost listened to my own
excuses, but I couldn’t let this slip past me
without a fight.
I studied what they were looking for in a
candidate and started wondering if there was
something I could do to blow them away.
“You’re going to be reaching out to a
ton of people.”
There it is. My opening. That’s what I’m going to
leverage for my application.
I felt like I was getting hotter and hotter. Maybe
it’s because I was getting excited or someone lit
a light bulb above my head like in the cartoons. I
don’t know. All I knew was that I had an idea that
would grab their attention right from the start.
They wanted a connector. What better way to
prove I am one than to take advantage of the
mandatory video they wanted alongside the
I made a long list of 40-50 successful
entrepreneurs, authors, and internet marketers
I could reach out to for help.
I cold-emailed Michael Hyatt, John Saddington,
Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin, and several others,
asking them to record a short video testimonial
for me. All I asked of them was to record
themselves, say their name and something along
the lines of “Vincent reached out and connected.”
The challenge was that most of these people have
never heard of me.
Why would they care to do me a favor?
Out of 47 people, 16 agreed and sent me their
video. That’s almost 40%! The rest either wished
me best of luck or didn’t reply, but nearly half
When I turned in the video to the marketing
company, they were floored. In fact, they loved it
so much that they had shared it among their
secret circle of entrepreneurial buddies. My
chances were looking really good.
Thanks to this creative journey, I ended up
befriending a few of the entrepreneurs I reached
None of this would have happened if I bought into
my own excuses. I was telling myself things like
they don’t know my name. I’m too young. No one
would take me seriously. What if I look like an
The list went on for miles. I could have just moved
on and told myself that nothing could come of it,
but I went for it. I got famous influencers to
vouch for me and the company is telling me my
chances are looking good. The Philippines is
becoming something that can be a part of my life
for the next year.
Most importantly of all, I learned several valuable
lessons from this that provided insight into how
other people worked.
1. Rejection doesn’t take anything from you.
In a lot of cases, the worst that could happen is
that you don’t get what you wanted. No one
comes and collects the things you love then locks
them away. You don’t lose anything.
At least when you get outside your comfort zone
and make a leap of faith, you give yourself a
fighting chance. If you don’t try at all you’ll end
up failing anyway and you’re stuck where you
were by default.
2. People are more willing to help than you think.
When I first had the idea to reach out, I was
scared. I thought for sure I’d get a 0% response
rate. After all, who am I to just email someone
like Michael Hyatt and ask for help?
I didn’t tell him what I did, where I’m from, or
anything that would woo him. I politely told him
the situation, how much it’d mean to me, and
that’s all. He was more than happy to get in
front of a camera to do this and that’s what
amazes me. Michael, along with 15 others, took
time out of their day to help someone they didn’t
3. When you’re genuine, people will want to help
You don’t always have to offer something in
return to get help. I didn’t swap favors or
promise to pay them back in the future. That’s
sleazy. People see right through that sort of
Instead, I was honest and transparent. I didn’t
hide anything at all. Everyone I emailed knew that
I was the only one to benefit from this and I
knew it too. Why hide behind a thin veil?
4. You can connect with anyone.
Sure, a few people ignored my request, but that’s
okay. The fact that nearly half got back to me
means a lot and should inspire you to get in touch
with a person that you look up to.
There are some people who are more difficult to
get ahold of, but that doesn’t put them out of the
realm of possibility. I didn’t reach out to Obama
or anything, but there are ways.
5. Creativity has more definitions than one.
I used to think I wasn’t creative just because I
didn’t know how to draw, paint, or do anything
artistic. I equated creativity with art and
determined that I wasn’t creative.
But creativity is the ability to do things
differently that others haven’t thought of
before. It doesn’t always come from a whim.
Instead, you have to be intentional and
brainstorm ideas. It will get you noticed and is
worth the effort.
Don’t count yourself out. You’re probably more
creative than you give yourself credit for.
6. Taking action is far better than getting stuck
wondering what could have been.
So the next time you see an opportunity come by
and you start believing your own lies, remember
what could happen. Remember that you can put
100% into what you want.
Even though the final decision hasn’t been made
yet, I learned a lot through this whole process.
What’s the worst that could happen when you
decide to go all in ?