It is the stuff of movies. Become a millionaire, billionaire, quadrillionaire before you reach 30. Travel the world on a private jet, own homes around the world, live with every luxury at your fingertips, control enterprises.
That is what some of the newly-minted 30-under-30 entrepreneurs have found themselves in reality. Success.
Sweden-born Rachel Brathen is not anyone who was born extraordinary but she became that way due to perseverance and being driven by passion. Her passion was always yoga and her book, Yoga Girl, became a New York Times best-seller alongside her Instagram account that boasts over 2 million followers.
Her motivation has always been to show others new yoga poses as well as tips, and this is what she has been showing her Instagram followers. Her biggest desire is to connect with other teachers as well as those who are in need of healing in any aspect of their life because she truly cares.
In fact, she has stated that she hopes that she can help convert social media into a platform that can carry a social mission. Brathen has expanded further by establishing oneoeight.tv which is a platform or a studio online that offers meditation services, as well as yoga and health services. In addition to that, Brathen also runs 109 World that is a website that is socially-conscious as the focus is to help solve many of the crises that are happening globally such as water pollution, security regarding food, as well as issues that surround gender inequality.
Brathen’s motivation is to help make the world a better place and to solve a lot of the issues that are happening and the evidence is in the fact that she is teaching others how to live a healthy lifestyle. She truly does care about the well-being of others as well as the planet as a whole.
And she’s not the only 30-under-30 entrepreneur with social causes on her mind. Others include the following:
There are the 4Ocean boys who in just two years have removed over two million pound sof trash from the ocean. 4Ocean sells $20 bracelets made from recycled plastic and for every bracelet purchased, they hire local fisherman, captains and crew for all cleanups, helping to make the world a better place, one ocean at a time.
Sheena Allen from CapWay started her own social enterprise, aimed to create an untraditional financial ecosystem for the unbanked. This after growing up in a small town with only one bank, watching her family and friends struggle to become victims of predatory lending.
Longtime friends Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao invented a proprietary chemical recycling technology when they were 18 that breaks down previously unrecyclable plastic, like shopping bags and food containers. Now at 25, these friends have founded a startup BioCellection that turns each ton of plastic trash into more than $2,500 worth of chemicals which prevents 20 tons of carbon dioxide from being emitted. With less than 10% of packaging plastics being recycled, this is a cause we can all rally around.
Entrepreneur Angelo Campus has created BoxPower, which manufactures solar microgrids that can be quickly deployed via shipping containers to communities in need. Their products were used in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and has offset nearly 6.2 million pounds of CO2 this year.
Now finally, what is it that we all can learn from these 30-under-30 entrepreneurs? That any passion that we have can turn into something huge. It takes work, it takes dedication, and it takes perseverance. And there has to be a reason behind it to fuel that passion, to improve the well-being of others, and to help others in need and to help the world in general. Aspiring entrepreneurs like 17-year-old AI start-up, Halfcode, founder Richard Black and others like him can look with inspiration to these success stories as they embark on their future. Remember that. Focus on your passion and you can turn into something incredible and create some good while you are working hard.