Have you ever cooked with your grandma? Did it make you a millionaire? Believe it or not, it did for Scottish teenager Fraser Doherty.
Fraser started helping his grandma make jam at age fourteen. Impressed by her recipes, he decided to start selling it two years later. He studied the markets and realized that natural was the way to go. So, he tweaked her recipes to eliminate the added sugar.
He had a meeting with a representative from a major supermarket chain who agreed to stock his product, which he named Super Jam. He then had to find a way to produce it and brand it. He came up with a plan, but the supermarket disliked his ideas. So, he went back to the drawing board and made changes. This time, they approved his ideas and his product made it to the shelves. Now, his jam can be found in supermarkets all across the United Kingdom and he’s expanding into Europe and the United States.
Fraser has won many awards and has met many famous people. He’s published books, speaks regularly, and blogs on the internet. He’s also is involved in charitable work, some of which is dedicated to helping the elderly.
One road block Fraser encountered along the way was his age. The adults he dealt with were very skeptical of a teen running a business. However, he proved them wrong. The honors, his wealth, and his general popularity and success attest to that!
Any teen wanting to be popular and successful can learn a lot from the story of Fraser Doherty, who is also called “Jam Boy.” Here are several parts of his story that can help you on the path to success.
He Learned From His family
Many teenagers don’t have a lot of affection for their family members and sometimes refuse to listen to them. However, as Fraser discovered, there can be a lot of collective wisdom in a family!
In his case, he found great recipes that he could market. You never know what hidden idea or talent resides in your family. But, you’ll actually have to spend time with family members to learn it! Who knows? Those conversations could make you millions and bring you fame.
He Proved the Skeptics Wrong
Lots of adults look down on teens simply because of their age. Most teens refuse to stand up to that prejudice. Fraser proved his skeptics wrong by putting in the hard work necessary to show that he could compete with anyone, no matter the age.
If people doubt your talents, then prove them wrong too. You don’t do this by complaining or getting mad at them. You do it by going out and succeeding. That is the best (and legal) form of revenge.
He Gives Back
Fraser Doherty has given back to the community in many ways since he achieved his wealth and fame. Even sharing his grandmother’s recipes is a form of giving since he’s continuing her legacy.
If you want to be popular and successful, then you can’t just be driven by selfishness for fame or money. You must be driven by a desire to give back to the world and bless others. You can’t wait until you’re wealthy and famous to give back either. Start giving your talents to others right now. You never know, it could even help “pay off” in the end.
As you pursue your dreams, however big or small, let the example of Super Jam founder Fraser Doherty inspire you. He started small, overcame skepticism and obstacles, and now is a successful and popular young man.