Brian Wong is a 25-year-old founder and CEO. His mobile advertising company Kiip has raised more than $32 million in venture capital funding and works with clients like Unilever and Coca-Cola.
But he insists he’s no different from anyone else his age.
“I’m by no means genetically more remarkable than anyone else,” Wong told CNBC. “I’m not that good looking […] I don’t think from my IQ levels that I’m any more intelligent.”
Instead, Wong credits his success to 70 or so “cheats” or productivity hacks, which he describes in his new book “The Cheat Code.”
CNBC sat down with him to discuss two quick ways to fast-track your career.
1. Get into the “mindset of movement”
To find your career passion, you have to start thinking creatively about your future and get into what Wong calls the “mindset of movement.”
“When you fill up your time with creative activities, it starts to get you in the mindset of movement,” Wong says.
Here are some ways to start thinking about your future: Get coffee with someone in the industry you’re interested in, visit an art gallery, or read a book on a new topic.
“I think it’s about getting into the habit of being in constant motion,” the CEO says.
“It’s like momentum. When you’re driving a car, when you’re moving something heavy, you have to keep rolling. Then that way it feels natural.”
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2. Find the right places to be
By getting out into the world, you can make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.
“Generating serendipity is a big theme of my life,” he says. “It is strategically finding environments that are conducive to your strengths.”
If you know you want to be in the tech world, visit a start-up, attend an industry event in your area or, if you can afford it, take a trip to Silicon Valley, Wong says.
Then turn that visit or trip into another one. Follow up with people you meet. Ask people about other events to attend or companies to look into.
“Nobody serves opportunity on a platter,” Wong writes in his book. “You’ve got hustle for it.”