Jamie Dunn: 18 years old, 522 days until millionaire status

 

My name is Jamie Dunn, I'm an 18-year-old entrepreneur and I aim to be a millionaire by the time I turn 20.
I've been in business since I was 12, when I started a market stall. Ever since my first item sold on my stall, I knew that business was what I wanted to do - and what I was destined for, in a way. It sounds very clichéd but it was like one of those moments when suddenly everything clicks and you just know within yourself that it feels right - just like when you complete a jigsaw and everything looks perfect. That's what the feeling of business gives me.
After establishing my stall and starting to earn regular good money, I decided that I wanted something bigger and wanted to really make a name for myself. But I didn't know where to start. I didn't do very well in school, and although I managed to blag a college place I quickly discovered it wasn't the route for me. And it certainly wasn't going to make me my millions! So I dropped out of college. Twice.
But then I found my path.
Only two days after I decided to quit and leave college to set up a student magazine, I found a better opportunity: The National Enterprise Academy. It's founded and run by entrepreneur and Dragons' Den star Peter Jones, for young entrepreneurs. I applied and went through many challenging projects, tasks and personality tests, and a couple of months down the line I got the call to say: "You're in." That call changed my life.
I moved to Buckinghamshire for six months to take part in the Academy along with 27 other young entrepreneurs from across the country. As soon as I walked into the Academy I knew it would change me and give me everything I needed to succeed. And it did. I became highly skilled in all aspects of business and developed a number of ideas there that I'm still involved with today. I met top people from the biggest organisations, and being in that environment for six months gave me everything I needed.
Since graduating I have gone on to spread the message of young entrepreneurship and the power of believing in yourself. I'm now a mentor, coach and speaker and have recently set up The Jamie Dunn Academy that acts as an umbrella company for everything that I do within my business life. I have delivered speeches for public organisations such as The Prince's Trust and worked with private companies on how to involve youth within their business, as well as motivating their current workforce in the process.
I have been approached by Virgin to take part in their Virgin Media Pioneer programme and became one of the selected few sponsored Pioneers to post regular blog videos and share my journey with other entrepreneurs on the site. I co-host a successful radio show within Birmingham with a fellow entrepreneur, Mr. NK. I have plans to develop a project or programme that I can deliver within schools to help young people believe in themselves and how to make the best of their talents. I am also now on the board for Young Enterprise. My reputation continues to grow within business as one of the best young entrepreneurs in the country.
I have found that a lot of people say that I am boastful but I believe that the things I have done so far have not touched upon what I can achieve in the future. Within everything I do I spread the message and power of what believing in yourself can achieve.
So what's it like to be a teenager in business?
Well, it's always a great mystery to old-school people who still think that going into the army after school is people's first option. But now the profile of young entrepreneurs has started to rise, people are suddenly trying to break the mould, and it is quickly becoming the 'in' thing to try and do.
Being a teenager and having experienced everything that a teenager goes through, I know the things that are in place that aren't doing their jobs correctly, despite trying the hardest they can and giving their all - it simply comes down to the fact that most teenagers are oblivious to a different, positive world. Together I think we can stop that and empower the next generation to become the best individuals they can be. Believe it. Achieve it.

After establishing my stall and starting to earn regular good money, I decided that I wanted something bigger and wanted to really make a name for myself. But I didn't know where to start. I didn't do very well in school, and although I managed to blag a college place I quickly discovered it wasn't the route for me. And it certainly wasn't going to make me my millions! So I dropped out of college. Twice.

But then I found my path.

Only two days after I decided to quit and leave college to set up a student magazine, I found a better opportunity: The National Enterprise Academy. It's founded and run by entrepreneur and Dragons' Den star Peter Jones, for young entrepreneurs. I applied and went through many challenging projects, tasks and personality tests, and a couple of months down the line I got the call to say: "You're in." That call changed my life.

I moved to Buckinghamshire for six months to take part in the Academy along with 27 other young entrepreneurs from across the country. As soon as I walked into the Academy I knew it would change me and give me everything I needed to succeed. And it did. I became highly skilled in all aspects of business and developed a number of ideas there that I'm still involved with today. I met top people from the biggest organisations, and being in that environment for six months gave me everything I needed.

Since graduating I have gone on to spread the message of young entrepreneurship and the power of believing in yourself. I'm now a mentor, coach and speaker and have recently set up The Jamie Dunn Academy that acts as an umbrella company for everything that I do within my business life. I have delivered speeches for public organisations such as The Prince's Trust and worked with private companies on how to involve youth within their business, as well as motivating their current workforce in the process.

I have been approached by Virgin to take part in their Virgin Media Pioneer programme and became one of the selected few sponsored Pioneers to post regular blog videos and share my journey with other entrepreneurs on the site. I co-host a successful radio show within Birmingham with a fellow entrepreneur, Mr. NK. I have plans to develop a project or programme that I can deliver within schools to help young people believe in themselves and how to make the best of their talents. I am also now on the board for Young Enterprise. My reputation continues to grow within business as one of the best young entrepreneurs in the country.

I have found that a lot of people say that I am boastful but I believe that the things I have done so far have not touched upon what I can achieve in the future. Within everything I do I spread the message and power of what believing in yourself can achieve.

So what's it like to be a teenager in business?

Well, it's always a great mystery to old-school people who still think that going into the army after school is people's first option. But now the profile of young entrepreneurs has started to rise, people are suddenly trying to break the mould, and it is quickly becoming the 'in' thing to try and do.

Being a teenager and having experienced everything that a teenager goes through, I know the things that are in place that aren't doing their jobs correctly, despite trying the hardest they can and giving their all - it simply comes down to the fact that most teenagers are oblivious to a different, positive world. Together I think we can stop that and empower the next generation to become the best individuals they can be. Believe it. Achieve it.

 

 

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