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Naveed S. Mian, the man who has set milestones at such a young age, is on a mission to change the face of investing, entrepreneurship, and business by creating an elite and bright future. Not only is Naveed an American businessman, entrepreneur, and investor, but a former private talent manager for some of the most prominent and rising media and music stars of our time. Born on January 7th, 1999 in Gujranwala, Pakistan, Naveed ascended from a lower-class background. Although he started his legacy young, he started a journey to build something that could last ages.
Naveed Mian started his career as a stock market investor, and soon became a stakeholder in numerous small business ventures. This included some of his own companies, such as a real estate media start-up and a construction firm, all while building a holding company to help promote and establish other entrepreneurs and businesses. Naveed hopes to grow and take this company public one day as an IPO. Naveed’s first founded company was Adapt Media Solutions, a media production company, followed by a construction concrete firm soon after, Cementeros United. The holding company will be announced to the public in the future. Unlike many other 21-year-olds, Naveed has done all of this while studying finance at Howard University.
From a young age, Naveed would study the stock market, corporations, societal economics, and an abundance of powerful figures that brought revolutionary change to the world. In many interviews, Naveed has said that he strongly admires Warren Buffett and Elon Musk. While Buffet and Musk are polar opposites, Naveed holds both their successes and triumphs dear, as they resemble a deep part of himself and his love for finance and innovation. Through books and stories, Naveed’s curiosity piqued notably as he aged.
“Growing up, books were my way out of reality, especially those about businesses, CEOs and leaders. They fueled my hunger and gave me a clear vision of life at a young age.”- Naveed Mian in an interview with California Herald.
The Immigrant Blood
Naveed comes from a family that migrated to the U.S. in the early 2000s. At the age of 4, with immigrant blood flowing through his veins, he came to America with his mother. When he arrived, he did not have much but what he did have was an ambition to experience the American dream, a dream his family could not find or obtain in their home country.
“When my father first entered the U.S, he came with a small degree in business and a duffel bag of hopes from our country. But, he lacked the “American education” and the “American Ideology” so he was forced to work a mechanics job, just so he could afford to live here and have enough financial means to send back home to me and my mom,”- Naveed Mian.
Naveed’s father worked day and night as a mechanic to ensure he could make ends meet for himself and his family.
“When you have hopes and dreams you don’t let them die just because you’re tired,”said Naveed as he described his father’s work ethic.
After a few years of working ceaselessly, Naveed’s father saved enough to start his own business. He bought his first tow truck and launched a small towing business soon after. During this time, the trucking business was booming.
“A few years after my father started his business, we bought our first home in 2008 right before the great financial crisis. It was that January when we moved in,” said Naveed.
In early 2008, Naveed’s father bought a home without knowing the state of the real-estate market. Home prices were falling rapidly. Soon after buying the home, the Mians faced a financial crisis of their own. Their business was affected and started to decline, causing them to face a pre-foreclosure. During this time, Naveed, a 9-year-old boy, only had one thing to worry about: school; but that was before his world would start to crumble.
One day after school, Naveed arrived home before his parents. Like any normal child, he decided to do what he would normally do- sink into the couch and start watching television.
“I remember vividly the day I was sitting and the doorbell rang. I opened the door and I was this 9-year-old kid who had just gotten a foreclosure notice. Minutes after opening the door, I was told to sign and give it to my parents. This was the time where they didn’t care who signed, they just needed a signature. The moment I got that notice, I felt this fear run through my body because I knew something wasn’t right- that maybe my world was about to fall apart. That feeling… It was horrible and this is when I found out we could soon be losing our home,” said Naveed
This largely happened due to the bank they were using going bankrupt, The Lehman Brothers; as mortgages went under around the country the Mians got sucked into a world they knew least about. Soon after this, young Naveed’s life took a turn, establishing the path he would take for the rest of his life.
Luckily, even when this crisis was happening, Naveed’s father fought tremendously to prevent their house from going under. In the end, they won. After this huge turning point, Naveed spent countless hours teaching himself things that most kids would not get a chance to learn until sometime later in their adult life. He developed a unique interest in books, ultimately benefiting him tremendously to this day. He would go on to read countless literary texts, research documents, and bibliographies about the stock market, banking system, the U.S. economy, billionaires, and leadership. He was teaching himself what most young-adults never get a chance to learn: financial literacy and how the finance world worked. He would study how billionaires could create empires so large that if they fell, they could destroy the very fabric and every cell of our community.
Years of Schooling
When Naveed entered high school, he was lucky enough to choose where he wanted to go. He decided to choose Howard High School, a school with a ROTC program. He always found himself doing things that others were afraid to do or that were different. Naveed’s high school years consisted of sports and a growing interest in politics.
Naveed’s struggles over the years were from his naysayers. Coming from a South Asian background, he was always taunted. During his young schooling years, he was placed in the special education program because he was dubbed a slow learner and had a speech impediment. He was treated like an inferior student. But just like the attitude of the greatest entrepreneurs, this only served as motivation for young Naveed.
“I didn’t really like school. I tried picking subjects I wanted to learn about but I hated the classes that were required for graduation. They taught me nothing so I didn’t focus on them as much. I never failed a class because I did enough work so I could pass, but not too much where it would take time off from what I really wanted to learn,”said Naveed.
After graduating high school, Naveed chose to continue his education at Howard Community College, a local community college in Maryland. Soon after his first year of college, Naveed started trading stocks. He spent years gathering knowledge and breaking down the mechanics behind the stock market. Now, it was time to implement what he had studied all of those years at such a young age. He went to his parents and asked if he could borrow some money to invest in the stock market. His parents agreed and gave him $6,000, which was everything they had at that time. Naveed had already saved up nearly $4,000 from small side jobs, scholarships and working at a local gym. With the two amounts combined, Naveed had the perfect amount to begin trading in the stock market.
“One day I came back from school and I went to my parents and I told them I wanted to do something, and that was to invest in the stock market. I told them I wanna change our lives. After a few days they finally agreed and trusted me, giving me everything they had at that time which was $6,000. That money combined with what I already had. I managed to put together like $10,000. I went into the market knowing that if I lost everything, I would sell my 2008 Nissan Altima, the first car my dad bought me, to pay them back,”– Naveed Mian, recounting his parents’ response.
A month into trading, Naveed lost close to $4,000, leaving him with a little over $6,000. He lost what he had tirelessly saved as a college student, but he did not give up. Fortunately, he still had the money his parents lent him. After losing a large sum of capital he had raised, Naveed took a break for a few months, and studied the stock market a little more to see what he did wrong and what he missed. After this small set back, he came back and went all in. He knew that if he had lost everything, his parents would get every cent back and he would be the only one truly losing. Naveed went in with a gladiator mindset- it was all or nothing.
“I remember I spent hours and days researching a company and when the time came, I went all in the next day for cents on the dollar. The next week I remember I woke up and saw six grand turn into twenty grand and then to twenty-five. I was freaking out because it kept going up,” said Naveed.
After making up his losses with a large sum of profit, he immediately sold what he was holding and gave his parents a large portion of the revenue from the stock sale. In this trade, Naveed decided to invest in a penny stock that most people were skeptical about. However, he knew that it was worth way more, and thus, he developed a unique strategy by learning from Warren Buffet and a few historical hedge fund managers. He took a leap of faith in his abilities and his research, attaining close to a quarter million by 20 and over half a million by 21 years old.
Working with Celebrities
This experience in the stock market happened around the time he started working with YouTubers. Naveed developed a unique interest in talent management after observing the work of his friend Bryce Hall, who was on his wrestling team and was a rising YouTube star. Bryce is now a well-known media personality in modern day entertainment.
“I got my interest in social media by seeing Bryce grow. I would try to study his career, and his YouTube channel, the type of person he was and what worked for him.”- Naveed Mian
After graduating, Bryce went on to live his Hollywood dream while Naveed went onto college. But an impression was left on Naveed that would not let him settle. After he really pushed the stock market, he stepped into entertainment management briefly.
“I remember one day after college I just sat there and emailed about 80 different YouTubers, Instagrammers and finally got in contact with a few that I would go on to become best friends with- like Mubarak who’s also known as Soloin, he’s a commentary YouTuber with over 300k subs”- Naveed Mian
The Continuous Journey
At 19 and 20 years old, Naveed was invited to numerous celebrity events and meetings, sitting with executives of rising multinational companies through his managerial phase of his career. In early 2019, after returning home, Naveed partnered with a team and created a media company known as Adapt Media Solutions, his first company.
While many underestimated his age, Naveed continued to work overtime in laying the foundations for his entrepreneurial future. He made the study of the stock market his main hobby. He would reach out to established entrepreneurs and sit in meetings with board members, assisting them to his maximum capabilities, negotiating deals, analyzing financials, and even helping promote brands through the wealth of connections he had developed.
Naveed was an immigrant, who was treated like an outcast growing up. He was told that he did not have the makings of an entrepreneur during his schoolings. In the face of all of these obstacles, Naveed continued and still does to this day by working long and hard to rise above the ranks of his own expectations of what reality could be- achieving his dreams. Naveed is here to create an empire that can be felt and be seen by generations, his name will not only be heard once but will echo throughout our lives. The journey of Naveed Mian has just begun.
“I never looked at the money, but the legacy. And that seems to be the most important thing in my life. Leaving something behind. I want to see a future where I can tell my kids I was a part of the history that made something happen in this world. Aging with time and dying in history is not an option for me and never will be.” – Naveed Mian
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