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Because a 10-minute conversation with the right person can be more valuable than 10 years of formal education. Find out how these young entrepreneurs got started, how they became successful, and what they’re doing to keep growing today.

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Adam Toren is an iconic figure in the ever-popular world of entrepreneurship.

Adam and his brother, Matthew, run several of the world’s most popular websites for young entrepreneurs that collectively receive over 500,000 visitors per month. And today I’m honored to announce the release of their latest book, Small Business, Big Vision.

In this exclusive interview, Adam details why a big-time publisher approached him and his brother to write this book, how the year-long publishing process works, and why he believes the BIG Vision is the most critical element to running a successful business.

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A few weeks ago, Nick Scheidies asked me if I wanted to go on a walk. I had a long day, I was tired, and I wanted to go home. But a walk seemed like the right thing to do.

For those of you who don’t know Nick Scheidies, we were co-authors of this book.

So we started our walk with no aim, mission, or purpose other than to talk. About an hour and three miles later, that walk got serious, real serious. Nick helped me realize how arrogant and selfish I had been with my entrepreneurial aspirations.

Let me explain.

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As an entrepreneur, one of the best ways to spread your brand is through public speaking. And if you get good enough, event coordinators will pay up to $20K for a 45-minute speech.

Professional speakers are entertainers first, and educators second. Before you can get paid to speak, you need to know how to lure in an audience and keep them hanging on your every word.

I’m not a paid speaker so I asked Ej Carrion, a 21-year-old professional speaker, to give you his 5-step process for giving a crowd-rocking speech.

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I grew up in a go-to-school, get-a-degree, get-a-job type of family. I remember thinking, “Why are businesses even open during the day when everyone’s at work?”

One day when I was 12 I was lying on my bed and thinking, “Man, we work Monday through Friday and clean the house on Saturday. Sunday is the only day that’s any fun.”

Upon making that realization, I started balling my little eyes out. That’s the day I started looking for ways to make sure that didn’t happen to me.

This is my entrepreneurial journey starting at age six.

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