Young, Dyslexic, College Drop Out Entrepreneur Conquers the Internet
Retireat21 was launched back in December 2006 because I found myself needing to network with other young entrepreneurs. Since then millions of people have visited the site and it has been featured in magazines, books and newspapers around the world. Since launching the site, I have gone on to launch dozens of other successful sites earning me a HUGE 6 figure summer yearly. These sites include: IncomeDiary, ExpertPhotography, PopupDomination, FIKED, and several others.
But I am already older than 21..I hear you cry
Well Don’t worry, despite our name, the information and advice on RetireAt21.com is more geared towards helping every one to retire earlier than they would otherwise have planned – or as Michael puts it – Achieving Financial Independence. (After all my entrepreneurs are life long entrepreneurs, who enjoy what they do, enjoy what they create)
Even if you retire just a few years earlier due to the advice at retireat21.com it surely has to be worth taking 5 minutes from your day to check it out… doesn’t it?
RetireAt 21 founder Michael Dunlop has shown that being young, dyslexic and a college drop out is not the end of the world. Whilst many youngsters faced with these obstacles would have turned to drugs or crime, Michael merely saw them as challenges, and his drug of choice became Online Business.
Michael’s story is a fascinating and inspirational example of what we are all capable of, and the early signs of something special were there for all to see. At age 5 Michael was asked by his mother “what do you want to do when you grow up?”, his reply … “I want to own a shop”. Shocked by this answer, his mother replied “Like a toy shop?”, and was amazed when Michael proclaimed that in fact, he wanted a large superstore like Tesco (UK) or Walmart (America).
Like so many other entrepreneurs, it was online marketplace eBay that gave Michael his first taste of the high life. Despite being in his early teens, he was selling everything and anything he could get his hands on, whilst his peers were struggling to make 5 pounds per week from paper rounds and odd jobs around the home, Michael was making tens of thousands of pounds from his eBay adventures.
Find out more about Michael and his eBay adventures here:
At aged only 16, Michael decided that he wanted to create a website of his very own, it was a decision that would shape his life for ever.
Retireat21.com was eventually born, and it is now a leading showcase for other young entrepreneurs to show their talents and share their stories. It has become a haven and in many ways a refuge for youngsters to turn to online business instead of crime, drugs and a life without purpose.
When history is written it seems almost certain that from a business point of view, the first decade of the 21st Century will be remembered best as the Era of The Young Entrepreneur:
This quote by Steve Jobs pretty well sums up out attitude to business here at RetireAt21:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary”
Dmitriy Kozlov joins Retire@21
Dmitriy, now 25, has always been passionate about young entrepreneurship. Having experimented with various businesses in his mid-teens, he finally started his first successful web design and marketing agency in college, which he grew to a six figure revenue stream shortly after graduation and recently merged to create a larger agency, Vision Tech Team.
Upon experiencing his own financial freedom and personal fulfillment, he dove straight into his passion for helping to empower other young people to do the same. In 2013, Dmitriy co-founded Maverick NEXT, a high level network of young entrepreneurs 25 and under to find and cultivate the NEXT Generation of Maverick Entrepreneurs. Working with his mentor Yanik Silver, Dmitriy’s primary focus is now helping empower the already successful young entrepreneurs of the world to play a bigger game and consciously co-create a better world while experiencing a life of greater joy, growth, and freedom.
In alignment with his purpose, Dmitriy joined Michael in re-igniting the Retireat21 community to expand his reach to the greater young entrepreneur community.
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