Young, hip, trendy, and “not to be taken seriously” all come to mind when being introduced to one of Baton Rouge’s leading entrepreneurs. But don't judge this book by its cover. Kenny Nguyen is leading the Baton Rouge digital marketing scene. A Baton Rouge native, Kenny partners with powerful brands and shares his entrepreneurial tips with the community through outlets such as TEDx, Forbes, and Huffington Post. He co-founded Big Fish Presentations after sitting through the “worst presentation he had ever seen” and now leads ThreeSixtyEight in its mission to help brands rediscover their creative confidence.
On January 23rd, Episcopal's Entrepreneurial and Social Studies class taught by Vincent Hoang welcomed Mr. Nguyen to discuss what Kenny classified as the 4 keys to his success. Here they are:
Live your life like others won't, so later you can live your life like others can't. In theory, entrepreneurship means doing something that no one has done before. Usually, the road to success is full of naysayers and critics. The world is full of people who will say you can’t. You must be committed to believing you can! You may lose friends, but trust me, you will gain them, too.
Passion will keep you going.
No matter what road you face, if you're not passionate about what you’re working towards you're more likely to flake out and give-up. Good planning and hard work are a must, but passion will keep you going.
Money is always a by-product of doing great things, but money isn't everything.
For Kenny, money is a great tool. Like most of us, he enjoys having a lot of money, but money shouldn't be the driving force. Success is more about creating great companies that can endure long term. Building a legacy and creating real life-changing value is more important than riches. When you are able to create exceptional value for your customer, wealth is the by-product.
Your network equals your net worth.
The people you surround yourself with will really make or break you. Surround yourself with people who are smarter, better, and connected. You will always have that group of friends who think everything you say is a cool idea. But you need people brave enough to challenge your ideas. Good entrepreneurs seek mentors. When you start to believe you know everything, you're on dangerous ground.
To reach Kenny and hear more about his story, feel free to contact him at Kenny.firstname.lastname@example.org. To grab a copy of his book The Big Fish Experience: Create Memorable Presentations That Reel In Your Audience click here.