One day Aden Shank was sitting in the top row of the bleachers when the cheerleaders were passing out candy. Since they weren’t bodybuilders, he knew they weren’t going to be able to launch the snacks his way. Most people would’ve just sulked or ignored the issue. However, it got Aden thinking and he decided to find a solution. He came up with the Cheer Launcher, a small “crossbow” type of device that can launch small items to fans in the upper rows. Oh, and he is currently sixteen years old and a junior in high school. He also suffers from an auditory processing disorder and dyslexia.
Aden’s story is fascinating for a couple of reasons. First, he was able to clearly identify a problem and come up with a solution. Then, he saw that good idea through to the production and marketing phase. Few people of any age have the drive, passion, and focus to pull this off. Aden is actually a classic entrepreneur. He saw a need and found a way to fill it. While I can’t speak for Aden’s personal popularity at his school, a search for his name and company on the internet shows that he has received a good deal of fame in terms of awards and media attention.
His story can teach teenagers a lot about being popular and successful. I’ve identified three ways.
Aden clearly has a passion for his project. He had the idea, created it, and now is marketing it in various ways. How many projects have you started but never finished? To see any talent or project through to success, you mast have a strong passion for it. It doesn’t matter if it’s being a famous guitarist or marketing a niche product like the Cheer Launcher. Get yourself fired up about your ideas!
Two: Hard Work
No one is successful at anything without putting in hard work. I don’t care if you are an aspiring singer, quarterback, or actress. Being successful requires a lot of practice and effort. I’m sure Aden encountered roadblocks when he was creating his product. I’m sure some of his early designs needed tweaked and fixed. Obviously, he put in the needed effort to make his product what it is today.
It’s not always easy to stay focused in the midst of teen life. Many teens are over-scheduled and have a lot of stress. You probably feel pulled in every different direction. However, if you have a goal in life, you’ll have to find a way, any way, to see it through. Aden had a focus on his product and he’s finding success and even some fame with it. And, he did it all (and is still doing it) in spite of several disabilities. While being a businessman or woman may not be your goal, any type of success and popularity will require a focus to see the project through.
Let Aden be an example as you strive to be successful and popular. To learn more, please visit his Cheer Launcher website.
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