There is an entrepreneurial spirit deeply embedded in the culture of the United States. The concept of the American Dream lives in each of us; the idea that success and prosperity are achievable for all through hard work, determination, and initiative. For all of their perceived flaws, the millennial generation is no exception. In fact, they’re raising the bar. Millennial entrepreneurs have already launched nearly twice as many companies as the generation before them, and 25 year old Gabriella Hoffman is among them.
A first generation American, Gabriella learned to cherish freedom, faith, and free enterprise from her Lithuanian parents, who legally immigrated to the United States as political refugees 30 years ago. These core values pushed her in the direction of conservative politics and compelled her to reject big government policies. In 2009 as a freshman at UC-San Diego, Hoffman sought out the opportunity to do conservative commentary for the California Review. She went on to start a Young Americans for Freedom chapter on campus and sign onto The Rick Amato Show, where she served as an assistant and producer for two years. Once graduation came around, Gabriella had no intentions of slowing down, initially interning at Media Research Center and later moving on to the Leadership Institute. Now, seven years later, Gabriella is pursuing her dream of being a full-time media consultant and strategist.
On being an entrepreneur, Hoffman says she “never expected” to launch her own business at 25, but explains that she felt prompted to go on her own, given encouragement she had received from others and her desire to directly help others. To people looking to follow a similar career path, she advises, “young people are largely discouraged from becoming entrepreneurs thanks to barriers to entry or establishment rules in place. Don’t wait until you’re 30 to go on your own if your heart and mind are set on it, but also be prepared for constant challenges. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me, with all of its challenges and its rewards.” To young people looking to get involved politically, Gabriella says “go for it. Find local opportunities and start there. Become well-versed in local issues and move your way up … find mentors whom you can confide in – they will guide you along the way, treat you like family, and see to it you succeed. Let me be clear: don’t get involved simply because you desire to be famous. Instead, always humble yourself, work hard, and share the gospel of conservatism whenever you can. Be sure to exude kindness and develop a good reputation.”
Gabriella continues sharing her insight on entrepreneurship, and explains, “If someone says “no” to you, you’ll be one step closer to someone saying “yes” to you. Rejections are normal, believe it or not. And most of the time, they are disappointing. Yet, I urge you to never give up on your dream job or career. With the right attitude, hard work, patience, connections, and mindset, you can easily launch your business or land a great job—so long as there are few roadblocks in front of you. Don’t look to the government to employment; instead, place your trust in the free market.” Her take is refreshingly to-the-point. No industry secrets, no calculated career moves, just passion and drive. Gabriella concludes with one point: Nobody can determine your path in life but you. Don’t listen to your detractors; prove them wrong by succeeding.
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