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Brendan Cox & Eli Zied’s Secrets to Scaling Brands From Nothing to Industry Leaders

Brendan Cox (Left), Eli Zied (Right).

Meet Brendan Cox and Eli Zied, two trending teenage entrepreneurs based on the East Coast. Brendan Cox is a 19-year-old serial entrepreneur recognized for his variable endeavors including building one of the most notable teen pairing services globally. He has founded over 10 different companies including Business Blurb and Cox Visuals. Eli Zied is an 18-year-old entrepreneur best known for starting a globally recognized clothing brand, Habits 365. He is one of the youngest CEOs in the clothing industry. I am fascinated by these entrepreneurs and interviewed them to learn more about how they have accomplished so much at such a young age. Here are are some of their secrets to scaling brands:

1. Dedication 

Dedication is a combination of hard work, time, and pursuing a business endeavor that you love. In order to run a successful business, you must be dedicated to achieving your goals, which requires perseverance and persistence. This virtue goes way past the workplace. If you are dedicated to things that you love, it will bring you unlimited happiness in life. However, dedication is not handed to one on a silver platter. You must realize what your goals in life are and observe potential challenges or worries that may arise. After that, you become relentless and dedicated to whatever it is that you choose to pursue.

2. Work Ethic 

Work ethic is synonymous with dedication. Your work ethic depends on your dedication. If you are super dedicated to the craft, you will have a strong work ethic. Strong work ethic is one of the most sought after traits that CEOs and bosses look for in employees. A strong work ethic is crucial to success in your career. Creating good habits for yourself, such as staying focused on the end goal, making a schedule of tasks, and staying motivated, lead to a strong work ethic. There has never been a successful CEO that doesn’t have this.

3. Time Management

In order to be successful, you MUST have good time management. Although it may seem hard to balance your school and social life with business aspirations, we can tell you first-hand, that it is achievable. Making a daily schedule of tasks you must complete helps you achieve more goals quicker. Ultimately, staying organized with your time management will not only open doors to more opportunities, but will make you happier and less stressed. Every single human in the world gets stressed, but this stress can be avoided by having good time management.

4. Sacrifice 

In order to be successful in the competitive business world, one must make sacrifices. Sacrifices can consist of giving up or limiting something that you enjoy doing, whether that is hanging out with friends or going out, in order to spend time on any business endeavor you may have. Running a business requires a lot of time, so with an organization, it is very manageable to still have a social life and perform well in school (if you are still in school). Overall, sacrifice strengthens your determination and dedication and will help you yield more success in the future. It won’t be easy, but just remember the end goal of what it is that you are doing.

5. Building a Team 

Think of major CEOs like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerburg, or Steve Jobs. They didn’t run successful powerhouses by themselves. Before you start a business, you must understand that you cannot run it on your own. Realizing this at an early stage will lead to more success in the future. There are many tasks and different operations of a business that need to be delegated. Building a team not only opens doors to new ideas and greater opportunities, but it keeps you motivated.  Brendan and Eli are a couple of the most prolific young entrepreneurs in the game today, and if you’re looking to become a leader in your industry, following these 5 tips is the perfect place to start.

Lewis Schenk is an Australia based Entrepreneur, Writer & PR Consultant. His work has been recognized by Buzzfeed, International Business Times and Thrive Global. Lewis is passionate about sharing empowering stories from people around the world, particularly those in entrepreneurship & business. He has been privileged to work with over 150 business owners and entrepreneurs in 2020 alone, helping them grow their brand and online presence.


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