Young Business Owner Will Hit $1 Million in Revenue After ‘Quietly Leaving’ School
A 20-year-old business owner who said he ‘quietly left’ high school is now on the verge of raising his first million dollars, despite failing grade 12.
Wil Massara was only 15 when he founded his company Youth Leadership Academy Australia.
Originally from Western Australia, Mr. Massara has always had an interest in problem solving.
He became frustrated with the education system and the belief that graduating from high school with good grades was the only path to success.
Even as a child, Mr Massara knew that was not true, having started his first successful business when he was just 11 years old.
He created the Planeapidea website, which he dubbed the “Airplane Wikipedia”, after watching his mother become stressed while passing through the airport on a family vacation.
The website became so popular that when he was 15, he partnered with Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
He was also invited to attend a five-day Magic Moments youth leadership and business summit in Sydney, where he got the idea to start the Youth Leadership Academy Australia.
“I was like, I want to bring this event to Perth in a one day forum and that’s when I started the Youth Leadership Academy in Australia, not with the intention of starting a business, but with the intention of just having a legal or legal foundation to accept money,” the 20-year-old told news.com.au.
“We started selling tickets for a one-day event in Perth in 2018 and we had 65 students and five schools.”
Fast forward four years and Mr. Massara is now a sought-after consultant and lecturer, providing his services to approximately 500 schools this year and reaching over 10,000 students.
Launching his business at such a young age, Mr. Massara found himself dropping out of school to focus on his new venture.
“I quit before it was a trend. Because I didn’t drop out of school, I failed in school.
“In grade 12, I had 51% attendance and every time I was in school, I was working in my business.”
The tendency to “quietly quit” has recently gained ground, especially among younger workers.
It’s essentially a rejection of the idea that work should take over your life and that you, as an employee, should go beyond your role.
Instead, people are now reverting to only performing the tasks outlined in their job description and politely refusing to take on more responsibility outside of that or work more hours than necessary.
Despite his frustration with the education system, Mr. Massara still places a high value on education and is currently completing his Masters in Business Administration.
Mr Massara said Australia’s work culture had changed dramatically in recent years, with workers now moving away from the culture of “hustle” to something much more balanced.
“I believe it’s a realization that they no longer need to be exploited for overwork and have the confidence to be able to stand up and say, ‘What are our other options?'” did he declare.
“Five years ago people would brag about how little sleep they had and that was a sign of success.
“Now the new vibe is, ‘How healthy are you?’ and ‘How much do you work?’ I think that kind of change is really healthy.
The business owner said it challenges the expectation that you are “supposed to work until you die”.
“I think our generation has a real awareness that life is short and things do happen and especially on the back of Covid there is a real awareness let’s not let the time we have now be wasted .”
Mr. Massara also placed importance on collaboration between older and younger generations, to ensure that the conversation around different approaches to work and paths to success is met with empathy and understanding by all. sides.
“This intergenerational collaboration is going to be the thing that allows all of us to build a future that we can look forward to and grow and strengthen those relationships, rather than trying to destroy each other,” he said.
The company will reach 1 million dollars in turnover
Next year Youth Leadership Academy Australia will hit the $1 million mark in revenue, a goal Mr Massara never expected he would achieve, especially not so quickly.
When he first came up with the idea, it was purely to enable him to organize an event in Perth that would hopefully help and inspire some local students.
“We never thought we’d be hosting events in every state and being among the market leaders in youth leadership development,” he said.
Mr. Massara is so committed to bringing real change to the lives of young people that he is working to turn Youth Leadership Academy Australia into a social enterprise.
This means that 100% of profits will be reinvested in youth suicide prevention programs.
“This decision was made following a series of events this year. We had such epic results, but we also had heartbreaking results,” he said.
The responses to his events made him realize how much of a positive impact he could have, but also that there was more to be done.
Mr. Massara then posed the question of how his company can double its impact.
“What now looks like us looking for corporate sponsorship, corporate partnerships and moving to a model that has this dual impact of providing early intervention and then funding prevention,” he said. .
Mr Massara said he would not be where he is without all the support he has received along the way.
He sought help from The Entourage, which is Australia’s leading provider of business coaching and training for six-, seven- and eight-figure business owners.
The 20-year-old said the coaching provider helped him increase the number of schools he worked with from 50 to 750 in the space of 18 months.
“I think, now more than ever, schools, organizations and communities are realizing the power of young people when we work together and when we collaborate,” he said.
“There is no more important time than now after Covid when young people need to come together and be empowered and inspired to create change within their communities.”