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This teen's journey provides key lessons for entrepreneurs of any age. 

Never let anyone tell you how to live your life. That was the biggest lesson that teenage entrepreneur Declan Mortimer’s parents taught him growing up and something that he lives by today, as a social media maven. You might not recognize his name right away, but for the Instagram-obsessed, chances are you’ve run across one of his ever-growing profiles.

His journey began as an inquisitive 9-year-old, with Mortimer growing intrigued with a social media application that he saw his mother scrolling through, something called Instagram. Like most kids his age, he quickly lost interest in the app in favor of video games and fun … at least until he heard that his sister had gotten over a thousand followers on her account. Hearing that number, which seemed so big, stimulated Mortimer’s interest. He decided to dive headfirst into the world of social media marketing.

Authors: David Meltzer

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