By KRYSTYNA OLSZEWSKA
March 13, 2018
“Kleinert says he hopes that readers will “really take to heart all these stories and strategies that are shared and then use those to have more impact in their life”, much like the people in the book.”
At only 19 years old, Jared Kleinert co-wrote his first book, 2 Billion Under 20. Of the 2 billion people on Earth who are under the age of 20, his book showcases the stories of 75 people who have significantly impacted the world.
“I wanted to share these stories to inspire people, and let them know that they can also accomplish more than they think they can,” Kleinert recalls.
Evidently, this message was well-liked by many people; 2 Billion Under 20 became a hit, and was named the #1 Entrepreneurship book of the year by Axiom Business Book Awards in 2015.
We recently had the opportunity to interview Kleinert over the phone to talk about his sequel, 3 Billion Under 30, which was officially released today.
“I wanted to continue sharing incredible stories from top-performing millennials” Kleinert said, “this time showcasing people in their early twenties and thirties.”
From Severin Hacker, co-founder of Duolingo, a free language-learning platform, to Caroline Ghosn, CEO of Levo, a company made to provide young professionals with the resources they need to move forward, to Sofie Karasek, anti-sexual violence activist and co-founder of End Rape on Campus–the book features the stories of 75 people who are changing the world.
When you first read out all the names of the people featured in the book, one of the first questions people wonder is how a person so young managed to acquire all the connections and was able to accomplish this task.
Author Jared Kleinert with his new book 3 Billion Under 30
“It started out pretty experimental” he said, “After attending a Thiel Foundation Summit, I actually posted a message in the Facebook group detailing how I thought a book would turn out.”
About 1/3 of the people from the first book come from that community, and his connections kept growing from there.
“Most people do not have such a great scale of impact in such a short amount of time, and that is why I think such people are worth studying,” he said.
They all have the unique qualities of top-performing individuals which we could learn from and eventually acquire as well. In fact, Kleinert says that just like any reader, he too is “very much a student of the people that share their knowledge in the book”.
Changing your life and influencing the world isn’t easy, but the first few steps can be broken down into understandable and manageable sections. Once you have acquired the empathy to understand the needs of others and pinpoint problems, you need to be willing put yourself out there to work with people with various skill sets to find a solution.
After that, the biggest roadblock is acknowledging that your dreams really are possible, regardless of your age, interests, or passions. Though there is a lot of institutional pushback to doing unique or innovative things, accepting your ideas and solutions as feasible is the first step; it is one thing all 75 book contributors have in common.
Kleinert says he hopes that readers will “really take to heart all these stories and strategies that are shared and then use those to have more impact in their life”, much like the people in the book. This is all possible for anyone, regardless of age or interests, willing who is to learn, put themselves on the line, and think outside of the box.
So take some time to go out into the world, find a problem you are passionate about and know that you can solve, and jump on it.
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