244 | Mentorz : A Second Generation FI Success Story | Ava and Don Wettrick
- Who do young people look up to today? The lifestyles marketed on MTV and social media not exactly something to aspire to, but where can the next generation go to find something different?
- Inspired by the work of her father, Don Wettrick, and feeling like she needed to take charge of the issue, Ava Wettrick created MentorZ, a platform designed to introduce great people to Generation Z.
- As a young child, Ava thought her dad was the smartest guy in the world. It wasn't until she got older that she realized he wasn't necessarily smart, he just read a lot. She's witnessed his transition from teacher to owning a non-profit and embrace the experience.
- Being a voracious reader, it didn't take much pushing from her dad to begin consuming content from the likes of Tom Bilyeu, Simon Sinek, and Victor Franco and having an influence over her peers.
- Since getting to know several entrepreneurs, Ava questioned whether or not college is worth the time and expense. She was surrounded by highly successful people telling not to go to college, but she is attending college and has found it helpful to have the financial support of her parents and scholarships while growing, learning and choosing the information she wants to consume.
- Don acknowledges that for some majors, college is still relevant, and for those who have the money should go, but have a plan. He thinks the best thing students can do is to start doing the thing they might love and begin to shadow people to determine if it is a good fit.
- Majoring in entrepreneurship at Ball State, Ava is learning about accounting, marketing, running a business, and being a CEO which has only accelerated her drive to make the podcast a success and provides quality content and great messages.
- Interviewing guests for her podcast has been a significant personal learning experience and changed her perspective on the power of an interview. She waited a year to release the episode recorded with Tom Bilyeu because she feared it wasn't good enough and yet people think it was one of her best. And following her interview with Dov Baron, she received feedback that he believed in her and wanted to mentor her.
- While there are ways of doing things to make them appear more important than they are, “fake it til you make it” can have its drawbacks. Don believes humility can be key when it comes to Imposter Syndrome.
- When it comes to second generation FI, Don says it happens by osmosis. His kids have been raised under a frugal lifestyle.
- Since his last appearance on the podcast, Don left his teaching job to take the non-profit to the next level, growing both the team starting chapters in co-working spaces and tech hubs.
RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S CONVERSATION
- The StartEDUP Foundation
- The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
- Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success by Napoleon Hill
- Learn to be a better writer with Grammarly Premium
- Register for The Simple StartUp Fall Challenge
- ChooseFI Episode 013 The Unfair (FI) Advantage of Teachers 457b
- Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
- Impact Theory Podcast
- ChooseFI Episode 087 Education Through Innovation
- Sign up for ChooseFI's FREE FI101 Course!
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