“You know these are people that are writing New York Times bestselling books [and] they’re building successful businesses. They’re producing feature films, and you would think that most people need an entire career to accomplish this, or need an entire lifetime to accomplish this. That was certainly true for past generations, but now we live in a world where this can happen in a matter of years, or even months for the craziest of the examples I’ve studied.” – Jared Kleinert

The story of today’s guest on Finding Brave is an inspiring one, and it just may shift your perception as it shows that age is not a necessary requirement for brilliance and impact.

Jared Kleinert, age 22,  is an entrepreneur, TED and keynote speaker, and award-winning author who’s been named USA Today’s “Most Connected Millennial” after spending years identifying and connecting hundreds of the world’s smartest and most talented Millennials. His first book 2 Billion Under 20 was voted the “#1 Entrepreneurship Book of 2015” by the Axiom Business Book Awards and his latest book 3 Billion Under 30 was released in January 2017 profiling 75 Avengers-esque individuals who have collectively started companies worth billions of dollars and reach hundreds of millions of people each month through their work.

In addition to his research and keynote speaking business, Jared (along with his team) partners with #1 NYT bestselling authors, Fortune 500 executives, major keynote speakers, Emmy award-winning journalists, seven-figure business owners, VC-backed startup founders, various multinational corporations, and other influential organizations who lead their industries and positively impact the world with their thought leadership in order to help them reach more of their ideal customers and best engage their increasingly Millennial-dominated workforces. He also hosts Meeting of the Minds (motm.co), an invite-only network for 7-figure business owners and subject matter experts who want to become super-connectors and grow their businesses exponentially. The United Nations has touted him as a “Champion For Humanity.”

Today, you’ll hear how Jared, at the young age of 22, has gotten to where he is by making his own opportunities and finding the right mentors along the way. He even graciously offers his phone number and encourages success seekers to contact him directly. The wisdom and advice that Jared has to offer in this interview is invaluable to listeners of any age who are looking to advance in their careers or entrepreneurial journeys.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What experiences have paved the pathway for Jared to do what he does today [8:47]
  • His earliest business mistakes and the importance of having the right mentor to learn from [10:22]
  • Why Jared and the co-author of his first book went the traditional publishing route [16:20] and how he self-published his second book [18:30]
  • How he started his marketing consulting firm helping authors and thought leaders, while building his personal brand at the same time [20:07]
  • The ways you can find your own “zone of genius” [26:37]
  • What Jared would tell someone considering skipping college [28:52]
  • His 3-step process that anyone, regardless of age, can use to be more in this world and make a great impact [32:37]
  • What he feels makes both his books much bigger than him [41:01]

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Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Jared’s Book, 3 Billion Under 30: How Millennials Continue Redefining Success, Breaking Barriers and Changing The World | 75 Stories of Entrepreneurship, Change & Leadership | Business Book for Young Adults

2 Billion Under 20: How Millennials Are Breaking Down Age Barriers and Changing the World by Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert

Forbes Article, The Most Connected Man You Don’t Know In Silicon Valley

Episode 5: How To Land a Dream Job at the Salary You Deserve, with Austin Belcak

Thiel Foundation

Never Eat Alone, Expanded and Updated: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi

StrengthsFinder 2.0

Kolbe A Index

Authentic Happiness (University of Pennsylvania)

Via Survey of Character Strengths

Kathy and Tim’s article on Forbes, 7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Finding Brave on Facebook


“I’m also very grateful for the fact that I was not handed anything and that I wasn’t entitled to any successes in my family.” [9:33]

I was starting to build my network; I found my tribe. I saw a need to share more of these stories, because why should it be confined to just that community.” [16:56]

“I would always default to optionality, like having a lot of doors available to you.” [29:50]

“I was intentional about what I wanted to do with that, and at least what I wanted to experience with it.” [30:40]

“Part of being intentional is finding that grey area that works for you.” [31:23]

“You don’t need to have traditional mentors, you can have peers that you learn from just as much.” [34:00]

“You’re not going to have exponential success if you don’t do something slightly different than everyone else.” [34:26]



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