Learn These 3 Things from this 12 Year Old Entrepreneur

March 05, 2017 - 0 Comments

Mikaila Ulmer is a 12 year old already on a successful Entrepreneurship path. Her story is one that people twice her age would wish for. When Mikaila was four and a half, she signed up for entrepreneurship contests. During this time period, she got stung by a bee… (Bear with me, this story is interesting!) …she got stung, not once, but twice during the course of one week.

As with any other normal child, Mikaila developed a fear for bees. Her great grandmother however encouraged her to face her fears. “I did some research on bees, and found out how important they are to out ecosystem… they’re dying, so I created a product that would help save them.”

Me & the Bees Lemonade was born. The beverage is basically lemonade sweetened with honey from honeybees. Mikaila donates a percentage of her business’ profits to organizations that exist to save the bees from extinction. She started selling her lemonade at small local supermarkets. She would hold workshops to educate the public about her initiative to save bees. Soon enough, she was asked to sell her product at a high end store.

She later appeared on Shark Tank, a move that propelled her business to a massive scale!

Incredible speech Mr. President! #demsinphilly

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Here are 3 Entrepreneurship tips from Mikaila…

Be passionate about your business

“The more passionate you are about what you do, the more fun you will have while doing it and then also, the better you will do it, the easier it will be and the more successful your company will be,” she says.

She also encourages aspiring entrepreneurs to identify and solve a problem in the world that needs to be solved.

You don’t have to do it all alone

“A lot of entrepreneurs think they have to do it all by themselves and when they are in times of trouble, they won’t ask for help. It is important to ask for help when you need it because there are people who support your mission and support what you do and so it is definitely important for you to go and ask them for help if you need it,” Ulmer says.

Think like a kid

“Dream big, and not only dream big, but also dream like a kid. When a kid has a dream and they want it to come true, they will do whatever it takes to do so. They don’t see the obstacles in the way, they will just fight hard to make it come true.

“Sometimes you have to get into that mindset and dream like a kid,” she says. It will “put you into a better goal setting stage for your business.”

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