25-year-old CEO shares one common mistake that slows a youngster's career.
BEAM 5 Mar, 2017
Brian Wong, 25, is co-founder and CEO of mobile advertising company Kiip. The company works with big name brands like McDonald's and Pepsi and is on track to bring in an estimated $21 million in revenue this year.
Never one to adhere to traditional timelines, Wong finished college at 18 and has used a series of "cheats" to fast-track his career. Now, he jets back and forth between Kiip's offices on the East and West coast each month.
Wong says many young professionals make one common mistake that slows their career.
"Thinking that people won't take you seriously before you enter a conversation," Wong tells CNBC, "is one of the biggest mistakes [early-career] professionals make."
According to the CEO, if you go into a meeting assuming that you don't have value to contribute or sit in the corner of the room and don't talk at all, you're making a crucial error.
"Confidence and poise are critical," says Wong, who discusses his career tricks in the book "The Cheat Code."
Young professionals don't have to fake their confidence, either. They are perfectly positioned to help executives tackle some of the most difficult corporate problems today, he says.
"The biggest challenge of any C-suite today is two-fold," Wong says. "One is to understand the new generation of customers that's emerging and the second is to retain millennial employees."
Professionals in their early twenties can help companies reach younger, digital-native consumers and retain employees similar to them.
That perspective is "very valuable," he says.
This article was first published on CNBC