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3 Business Lessons From an 11-Year-Old Bow-Tie Mogul

Moziah Bridges has spent a fifth of his life preparing to become a major figure in the fashion world. What makes that even more impressive is that he's only 11 years old.

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In an interview with Fox News, Moziah -- who goes by Mo -- explained how his passion led him to become a young entrepreneur.

"I really was a young dapper man and I couldn't find any other bow ties that I really like," he says. "So my grandma -- my lovely grandma -- she's been sewing for over 80 years, or something crazy like that, so I wanted to start my own business making bow ties."

His grandmother taught him to sew when he was 9 years old. Two years later, his business Mo's Bows is being profiled in Forbes and O Magazine.

What can we learn from this very young businessman?

1. Listen to the people who love you (especially if they're supportive).

Mo's mom is one of his biggest fans.

"You don't have to wait until you're older," his mother Tramica Morris said. "If you have a dream and you have a passion, we say go for it."

2. Dream big.

Mo's Bows has already made $30,000 this year from his Etsy page, and the designer has big plans to expand. His bow ties are being sold in brick-and-mortar stores throughout the southern U.S., and he wants to expand to other men's accessories, including regular neckties and pocket squares.

"Ralph Lauren started selling neck ties when he was 10 years old so I think I can be real famous like him so I will keep my business going all the way until I get older," he tells Forbes.

3. Give back.

Bridges created a tie called the Go Mo! Scholarship Bow Tie. One-hundred percent of its sales go to sending kids to summer camp.

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