How to prove my dad wrong and become a charismatic entrepreneur?

I am a 17 year old teenager who has always done well in school, achieving many GPA over 4.0 and high grades, but I want to amount to more than that. My dad always tells me I will never have any success in life because I am not the “business type” and cannot “kiss up.” This frustrates me beyond no end and I want to prove him wrong. Thus, I am looking for ways to improve my business skills and become more of a people person. Thanks for any advice given!



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  1. Go to college. Make lots of friends. Join social groups. Many people don’t come out of their shell until college and that’s the perfectly normal. It’s an optimal environment for personal growth. If you’re interested in business, get a degree in management, business admin, marketing, etc…Boom. Done. Good luck.

  2. You won’t be able to be successful in business if your first thought is how to prove someone wrong. Ask why they think you’re wrong and discuss what would have satisfied them. Then analyze which persons’ ideas are worth the budget.

  3. Try to get to know people who can help you, people you can learn from.
    Ask teachers if they had/have any experience. I’m sure there will be at least one teacher that will get all excited. Be prepared to listen to people and suck up all the knowledge about succes and failures they had.
    Grow some really really big balls and talk to business owners. Don’t be afraid to do some hard work first ( as your paps would say “get a real job”) but make sure you remember that you are working not only for money but for experience.
    Because every bit of experience is needed.
    And just don’t give up, write down your ideas, every single one of them no matter how stupid they might seem, put them in a book and carry it with you all the time.

    You will get there.

    (And read books, not only the ones that you think you will like but also the less intereseting ones ( art, history, fashion))

  4. Assuming you’re sill in high school, you still have time before college decisions! Start something. Sell something. Code something. Summer is coming, and it’s your chance to prove him wrong!

  5. I know it’s a long shot for someone of your age but could you apply for work experience/internship somewhere away from your family during the holidays? I appreciate the logistics of board and lodging would be difficult but if you can prove to your dad (but more importantly yourself) that you can do well without support then you’ll develop as a person and entrepreneur in no time.

  6. Tell your dad he’ll never be a supportive father, then see if he can prove you wrong. I think your post should be in r/selfhelp as it’s more of how do you change yourself or change behaviors, and not anything business related. But on that note, I would look into “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” by David Burns. It’s one of the highest rated books that discusses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and it’s uses in changing your behaviors. Mix that with learning how to sell and talk and build rapport with people, and you’re set.

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