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Ishan Goel is a Youth Marketer, Entrepreneur, Photographer and a full time student. He has managed to network and connect with top professionals in his community and owns three companies. He is featured in Forbes and Business Insider and continues to motivate young professionals on a daily bases.
City where you’re from: Born in Boston grew up in Dallas
Hobbies: Writing, Photography, Basketball, Brainstorming, and Volunteering.
Favorite quote: “Lead me, follow me, or get the hell out of my way.”
Hey Ishan, it was great connecting with you via Facebook. Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
I realized early on I had an act for doing things the way no one else would. In middle school I raised over $5,000 for the American Heart Association’s Hoops for Heart program with a simple donation form. From there I had the help of my mentors to guide me and help me unlock my true potential.
Who were your biggest influences? Was there a defining moment in your life?
The biggest influences would be my ability to find the right people at the right time. Putting my contacts and connections together to harness the true power of collaboration. The people who I met acted as role models and they would be there on the phone for me every time I had a good idea or a bad one. Diana S Zimmerman the world’s best lady magician helped me understand the true meaning of being different and how it was normal to get out there and do something no one else was. She has published many books and even ran a full marketing firm.
What are you working on? How did you come up with this idea?
I am working on multiple projects mainly related to online marketing. There is a lot of power on social media and companies that aren’t figuring out how to harness it are slowly slipping downhill and losing tons of market space by those who are using it. I help companies and startups develop strong social media representation, public relations and strong ROI/T when it comes to Facebook Ads.
What makes you unique?
What’s unique about me is my ability to prove I am the market they are need to sell to. I represent generation Z, people born after 1995 – the most tech savvy and connected generation that has ever walked this planet – I show companies that direct mail flier aren’t as product
Did you experience failure along the way? What did you learn from it?
It was hard for me to balance school work and my businesses. It caused a lot of stress on because one side of me was always unbalanced. I had to learn how to prioritize myself and I learned time management…sometimes you can’t do everything and it’s better done than perfect.
Give the readers the best entrepreneurship advice you have.
I think networking and first impressions is something that a skill anyone who is entering the entrepreneurial world should be able to do very productively. You are as strong as your mentors and network.
You seem to be very well connected, teach us how to do networking. Can you recommend any favorite websites to learn that topic?
I will be launching a website soon connected to ishangoel.com that will show young entrepreneurs how to get ahead of the game and provide tips and feedback that can help them grow. It will be a course to the fastline.
What daily habits do you have that allow you to perform at your peak?
Something that makes me productive is my ability to reset after something that knocks me off balance. The fact that life throws a bunch of curve balls at you and knowing what your goals are and where you want to me is very important.
What should an entrepreneur focus on?
Building an honest track record of success, experience, learn how to take breaks instead of stopping, adaptability, networking.
What are some of your favorite books?
Power of Broke – This book shows the power hustle has and how overfunding disables startups and leads them to believe in a product that will never do well.
Where do you see yourself and your product in a couple years?
I see myself at Hult International Business School finishing an MBA/BBA and continue consulting and launching my ideas.
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