I’m a “Self-Made Millionaire at 21” – Gen Zs are “spoiled brats” who “lack the necessary self-discipline” to get rich

A 21-year-old self-made millionaire who claims to make $750,000 a year has slammed the “overwhelming” majority of his generation as “spoiled brats.”

In an exclusive interview, entrepreneur Andy Kong told The US Sun that Gen Z “lacks the necessary self-discipline” to get rich.

Entrepreneur Andy Kong said he makes $750,000 annually from his business ventures

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Entrepreneur Andy Kong said he makes $750,000 annually from his business venturesCredit: Jam Press/Andy Kong
Kong said Gen Z

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Kong said Gen Z “lacks the necessary self-discipline” to get richCredit: Jam Press/Andy Kong
The 21-year-old said his Asian parents taught him hard work from an early age

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The 21-year-old said his Asian parents taught him hard work from an early ageCredit: Jam Press/Andy Kong

Kong said he credits his strict Asian parents with becoming a millionaire by 20, who tutored him from an early age by working in the family restaurant and nail salon from the tender age of 11.

This showed him the importance of the environment and stressed the importance of always looking for opportunities and making the most of them, he explained.

Raised in Danville, Virginia, the entrepreneur believes these qualities are “sadly lacking” in most people of his generation.

He explained: “Essentially, the overwhelming majority of my generation lacks the self-discipline required to achieve a goal and become rich.

“A lot of my generation these days are spoiled brats. It’s much easier for people than it used to be and everything is served on one plate.

“They don’t really know what hard work means, so they don’t have enough self-discipline to put their minds to it. That is why they will never get where they want to go in life.”

Andy’s entrepreneurial mindset led him to avoid school and instead focus on building companies from the ground up.

He saw the opportunity in e-commerce after seeing how much money other people were making and obsessively watched YouTube videos to learn more before founding his first company, Nuclear Node in Eight Grade.

This caused his grades to drop – much to the concern of his parents, who wanted him to take a traditional academic path and graduate from high school before going to college and majoring in medicine or law.

But Andy, who is now settling in Las Vegas, has never had an interest in, and is a strong advocate of, teaching yourself new skills.

“I don’t believe in textbook learning,” he explained.

“I’ve always learned everything myself. If I didn’t know how to work in a restaurant, I would go on YouTube and learn it.

“My favorite line is ‘google it’ because that’s how I do everything.”

“I think the key to success is to be consistent and disciplined,” he said.

“Consistently – you don’t see a person in the gym and say, ‘Wow, he lifted 100 pounds’, it’s the dedication to doing it over and over again despite new opportunities, it’s your dedication that makes it exceptional.

“Creative people tend to suffer from the shiny object syndrome – switch to another project before completing an existing one and you must learn to control that, or they will make a habit of quitting rather than to win.

“Discipline – learning whether sacrificing family, friends or a game of football for a single focus or goal is the only way to succeed rather than trying multiple things.

“If it’s worth doing, then it’s worth doing well with no shortcuts.”

Kong said that while he wished he had more free time as a teenager, he didn’t go out much because he was working towards his goals.

“I wouldn’t go to a party because I work all day and help my siblings,” he claimed. “When most kids are at home playing video games, I use that time to learn if that’s the case for coding, starting a business, and developing skills.”

The entrepreneur explained that this taught him to value his time and the importance of making sacrifices, which most people don’t realize until “they’re stuck in dead-end jobs.”

With that ethos, Andy taught himself to code and learned how industries like dropshipping and e-commerce work, which eventually led to his being mentored by legendary entrepreneur Kyle Buckner.

Learning from Kyle allowed Andy’s business to become even more successful, and his personal fortune surpassed the $100,000 mark by the time he was 18 before hitting the $1 million mark by the time he was 20.

Since then, he has founded numerous companies, including e-commerce management firm ProjectWifi, AI-powered dropshipping software Alqen, and most recently crypto-mining data center Blackwater Group.

Despite having achieved so much at such a young age, Andy is determined to keep up that momentum and eventually aims to found a $1 billion tech company.

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“It’s going to be tough and requires a lot of discipline,” he said.

“There will be many milestones along the way, but I have the dedication and drive to get there, so I think it’s only a matter of time.”

Kong's personal fortune surpassed the $100,000 mark by the time he was 18, before hitting the $1 million mark by the time he was 20

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Kong’s personal fortune surpassed the $100,000 mark by the time he was 18, before hitting the $1 million mark by the time he was 20Credit: Jam Press/Andy Kong

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