Born in Los Angeles but now residing in the UK, Zak Brown’s career started at an early age as a professional racing driver, competing successfully in both the US and Europe. After seeing an opportunity to create a business around helping other drivers and race teams to raise sponsorship, he founded Just Marketing International (JMI), which was listed four times in the Inc.
500 Fastest- Growing Private Companies of the Year. JMI would ultimately become the largest motorsport marketing agency worldwide, successfully attracting many of the world’s biggest brands into the world of motorsport. Zak joined McLaren in 2016 and is currently Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Racing, famous for its hugely successful F1 team.
If you are fundamentally a good person with good intentions and high integrity, people will trust you and they’ll want to help you.
Being an entrepreneur is a huge challenge for anyone. If you want to start a business, you really need to know what you are in for. You have to be pretty honest with yourself, and make sure that you possess the core skills and attitude required to succeed – or else you won’t last very long.
You have to be motivated and you have to be prepared to work hard, really hard, in order to win and to succeed over the long term. If you work hard and you’re pushing all the time, you actually create the opportunities that help you to move forward.
The most important thing that parents can provide their children is simply support and understanding. Parents need to appreciate how hard it can be to grow up and find your way as a young person today.
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