Young Tenacity: It Is All Up to You!
This was the website of William Hepner, an aspiring entrepreneur, who believed he could offer some insight to other young men approaching the end of high school when they start making decisions regarding "what next" in their lives. I was fortunate enough to have certain goals that got me through college, but left me confused as to the next steps that I needed to take to achieve my goals for a career as a software engineer. Satya Rangarajan was my boss, mentor, and then friend for a number of years. I find it hard to realize that Satya now has more than twenty years of experience in managing enterprise technology platforms including running a global development organization developing commercial software lines. With experience that includes architecture, software development methodologies, development processes, strategy, business, new product development, marketing, and evangelization. Specializations include network, application, database, human factor engineering, systems management and RFID, he has an impressive resume to say the least. When I first met Satya my goal was to emulate his job trajectory, but I eventually realized that my skills where far better suited to work under someone like Satya rather than taking on a leadership role which he wears so well. I feel very lucky indeed to have a boss who exemplifies integrity, professionalism, and dedication as does Satya. Such traits rub off on all of us and make us better as well. So to all you young men out there still feeling confused and inadequate, keep the faith. No matter what you choose to do after high school find you passion and pursue it. If you are motivated you have a much better chance at succeeding. Just remember as William Hepner points out, you are not alone in your confusion.
Young Tenacity Mission Statement:
It’s my goal to help young men understand the very real truths about college and the educational system, help them make maximally wise and informed decisions during this time, give them results and experience to prove what can be done, and create a community of success solidarity aimed at taking on the world by storm.
This is a website for ambitious young men who aren’t afraid to dream big.
- Learn the truths about the educational system that you are are a part of.
- Learn about how and why you got here, and where you’re going.
- Create an unstoppable mindset and become something more.
- How successful will you become?
It is all up to you!
One of the biggest decisions you will ever make in your lifetime is the choice to attend college. Many people don’t realize it, but this choice has the potential to make or break your entire financial future and the chances of achieving your dreams.
There are many college and application services to help you with this, but take a look at how many of them are run by people who are of a relevant age. Most are in their 30’s, 40’s or older and are analyzing the system based on pure research and observation. Any experience they may have is long forgotten or completely obsolete.
Wouldn’t it make sense that the advice you are receiving is from someone understands the system, has been through it, and knows its functionality and motives? I understand all of this innately and it is a period of my life that’s relevant at this very moment.
The goal of this website is not to indoctrinate you with college information and teach you how to be a better follower, it is to show you the system for what it is. You can learn how to use the system to achieve your goals, and foster a mentality that will make you unstoppable in any pursuit you choose.
Here is a major key to achieving your success: You have to break the rules somewhere along the way. You must be different to have a chance at greatness.
This site is for the rule-breakers, the ones who aren’t afraid to think differently and follow a different path. These are the ones who will end up realizing their wildest dreams.
So start learning and exploring, get stronger, and move toward your goals.
We were all born with greatness inside of us. It is only a matter of recognizing it.
A little about myself
Full name: William Gabriel Hepner
-Aspiring entrepreneur, student, swimmer, and fitness devotee-
Here’s a quick recap of my background: I was born and raised in Pasadena, CA and have lived in the same home my entire life. I was always a very hyperactive kid and tried pretty much every sport, but I eventually stuck with competitive swimming. For the next 10 years I was an avid swimmer, which meant hours of practice, 5 a.m. workouts, and often two workouts in a day.
I’ve enjoyed swimming for most of my life, and it has fortified undeniable discipline and mental strength in me. Outside of the pool, however, I tended to struggle. Throughout my preteen and early teen years, my hyperactivity ran rampant.
I didn’t like school, had trouble paying attention, and was somewhat of a social deviant; I had some weird neuroses that stemmed from being hyperactive and dissatisfied with the school environment. I wasn’t criminal by any means, but I didn’t fit in with the expected social profiles required to have many friends.
It was because of this that I often felt very alone. I didn’t know how to pinpoint my problems due to my undeveloped mind and lack of emotional intelligence, so my general unhappiness was consistent. Sometimes I would come home from school crying, not knowing exactly how to explain it. These were dark times for me.
The one thing that kept me going through these years was my competitive swimming career.
In high school my general lack of direction continued, but my intelligence made getting good grades fairly easy.
Yet the gaping hole still went with me everywhere. What did I want to do with my life? What were my hobbies? What did I like? I had no idea. I felt like a prisoner in a system that was doing nothing for me. As graduation approached, college seemed to be the general consensus for everybody. Having no idea about my future and with much prodding from my parents, I just went with it. I got into a “good” liberal arts school and left home.
Unsurprisingly my sense of hopelessness and lack of direction continued in college, but I was once again able to filter all my energy and frustration into swimming and athletics.
It wasn’t until I started researching my problems and exploring outside of school that I was able to break out of this decade-long slump. I discovered something amazing: Entrepreneurship. Sure, I was likely more enthralled with the idea of entrepreneurship at the time, because it represented something so antithetical to school, but it was still something.
The freedom that entrepreneurship provides, the opportunity to create, innovate, and make an impact on the world, were the factors that really sparked my enthusiasm. Finally I understood that I didn’t have to fit the mold, that there were other possibilities out there. Here was something that I had knack for, something that had the potential to change lives on a massive scale. This period of my life has been monumental.
And so that brings me to now. I started my website Young Tenacity to help guys with something that has had a huge impact on the direction of their lives: Their education. I want to prove that success on an unlikely path can be achieved, and that you too can make your life as free and boundless as you allow.
Go to college, get a job, have a family, and then descend into mediocrity. This is something I devoutly refuse.
Let’s erase those limits, take the reigns off and get going.
I have had my own struggles, but they’ve only served as motivation to further propel me towards my goals. Join me in this process to rise above the normalcy and take what you want from life.
We are the product of our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives, which means we must think the way nobody else thinks and see the things nobody else sees. Your mindset will determine your future.
If we can shape our realities in this way, then there is no telling what we will achieve or what our “limits” are.
Seeing the possibilities in one’s life, however attainable they may be, is a start. It changed my life, and I am determined to see it through to the end. Are you willing to see it through with me?
“This ‘missing link’ in all systems of education may be found in the failure of educational institutions to teach their students how to organize and use knowledge after they acquire it.”
-Napoleon Hill, Think And Grow Rich