Eric Yang: “All The Sum Of Your Experiences Are The Things That Make You Unique”
Eric Yang is the founder of the Millennial Success Summit, an event which focuses on empowering and inspire entrepreneurs to build the business and life of their dreams. Eric came to the United States in 2014 and virtually knew nobody— To get there, Eric left everything behind in France, and invested all his college tuition money into masterminds, high-end networking events and seminars at 19 years old.
Q: What are some challenges you faced when developing your venture?
My biggest challenge was finding a supportive community of like-minded individuals who understand what you want to achieve. Being an entrepreneur can be a very lonely experience.
If you truly think about it, no sane person would ever chose to become an entrepreneur. When you have your own business, you are 100% responsible for your own success and failures. You breath, sleep, and eat business 24/7. For the outside person, you are a crazy person.
Every mega-successful entrepreneurs have a group of peers who understand their “craziness” and mentors who support them in their endeavors. Whatever you want to achieve, you need to build your own wolf-pack and support group of amazing friends with whom you can share your journey with.
If you want to go fast — go alone.
If you want to go far — go together.
Q: Was there any point when you thought it was over? That you were going to fail?
I honestly have those thoughts almost every week. There are days when I just want to throw everything out of the window, go back to my bed and stay for the rest eternity. Everyone is afraid to fail and look like a fool. I know I do.
But at the end of the day, I say to myself “Fuck it..if I am going to look a like fool, I might as well do it in the best possible way showing my best work and learn from it”.
Entrepreneurship really tests your abilities to get back up every time to get knocked down. The grittiest and most persistent person always ends up winning.
Q: As an entrepreneur how important has flexibility been in developing your venture?
Crucial. You must be willing to pivot, change and adapt as fast as you can. Unexpected things will constantly happen in your life. It is your ability to adapt and accommodate to your new situation that will set you apart from the rest of the competition.
Q: What was was your spark, where did it come from?
Steve Jobs said it best with his quote: You can’t connect the dots moving forward. You can only connect them looking backwards.
I created a 6 figures networking event before turning 21 and the trajectory that led me to this point all inter-connected to this one point. When I was 17 years old, I attended my first live event with Tony Robbins — which ultimately saved my life. When I was 19, I moved to the United States and started to attend a lot networking events where most attendees were 30 years old and above. At 20 years old, I dropped out of school because I didn’t believe that college would prepare me for life.
And one day, everything connected. I created the entrepreneurial event I wished I had where young entrepreneurs would come together to connect, collaborate and contribute on a global scale while acquiring cutting-edge tools to crush their businesses.
All the sum of your experiences are the things that make you unique. Try things and have trust that somehow it will all make sense in a close future.
4. What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?
If there’s a big projects with a lot of small tasks to accomplish in a single day, I always try to do the most painful and hardest one first. You are much more likely to procrastinate if you don’t do the hardest task first. If you
5. What is your best tip for entrepreneurs?
Build your network before you need one. Invest in your social capital more than anything else. It’s not what you know nor who you know but who knows you. It has been a fundamental principle that led me to the success I have attracted and created.