TMBA416: Entrepreneurship: Don’t Tell Your Parents

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The theme of today’s show is navigating the pressures that so many entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs feel from friends, family, and colleagues.

Dan and Ian are certainly familiar with these feelings, and today’s guest is no stranger to them either.

Vincent Nguyen is the founder of Growth Ninja, a performance-based Facebook ads company. You may remember Vincent from an episode we published a few years ago about apprenticeships.

Vincent has definitely paid his dues in the world of entrepreneurship, having worked with Empire Flippers before starting Growth Ninja in 2015, all the while hiding the fact that he dropped out of college from members of his immediate family.

This episode is a conversation about the tough decisions and sacrifices that many entrepreneurs are forced to make to get started with their own businesses.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why Vincent decided to drop out of college. (2:38)
  • What Vincent learned from apprenticing with Empire Flippers. (18:41)
  • Why Vincent hid the fact that he was an entrepreneur from some of his family members. (33:52)
  • How Vincent’s family reacted when he told them what he had been doing. (38:46)
  • Reflections on the first three years of Growth Ninja and what Vincent sees for the future of his company. (41:59)

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