(Eric Golman, TheHuffingtonPost.com)Ryan and I started our business together while we were roommates in college. Instead of being afraid to start, we had the confidence to jump in head first because we saw our father’s do the same thing when we were growing up.
In anticipation of Father’s Day we bonded over stories from our childhood.
We decided to co-author a tribute to our Dad’s. Here are some stories and life lessons that we learned growing up.
I remember thinking when I was 11 years old, “Dad has a business, why can’t I have one too?”
The law in Virginia did not allow anyone to hire me until I was 16 years old.
But, no one said I couldn’t start a business. After my mom agreed to let me use her credit card to sign up for an eBay account, I was off to the races and never looked back. I started to sell everything that was lying around the house. I found a niche buying external hard drives on eBay and reselling them on Amazon.
Lesson learned from Dad: Don’t let age hold you back.
I remember exactly where I was during my senior year of high school on a tour of the University of Maryland campus. Looking up at the screen during the presentation there was a slide for the Hinman CEOs program. I learned of a statistic that a promising amount of students in the program started a business while in college and continued to build it after graduating.