Got forwarded this earlier today from Byan himself. He recently did an interview with Authority Magazine and we have covered his progress extensively on this site. There’s a lot of great stuff in this interview, but the big thing I am going to share with you was his response to what advice would he give to a young entrepreneur:

Consider finding a suitable co-founder to join you on this journey, one that shares your passion and vision. It’s really hard trying to be everything at the same time. It’s important to understand your strengths and weaknesses (be honest). Find someone that compliments your skillset and put together a “dream team.” As you start to get traction and scale, it’s nice to have a built-in support system. If you have a co-founder you know you can trust, it helps a lot to know you can be hands-off on some aspects and trust that it is getting done. My co-founder is my brother [Kevin Ruef]. He has a degree in Economics and has a lot of history in the business and sales world. With him focusing on sales, it allows me to focus on innovation and development.

Also, be different. Everyone always teaches you that you go to school, graduate, get a job, and work for someone for the rest of your life. While that isn’t necessarily a terrible option, you can make such a bigger difference in both your own life and the lives of your community if you go the entrepreneurship route. Find something you’re passionate about and make your mark in that field. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll be so much prouder of your accomplishments. Making money shouldn’t be your number one priority either. Help others and be a positive difference in the world (and also make money).

https://medium.com/authority-magazine/bryan-ruef-of-10-8-systems-my-life-as-a-twentysomething-founder-5b06e3f92e9f

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