Brandon Stewart is not your average teenager. At just 16 he has managed to create his own successful enterprise, including buying and selling cattle and the occasional gig as a website developer. He describes himself as one who buys a bull and “flips” it for a profit. This summer he managed to turn a tidy profit after selling a two year old bull he had previously purchased as a yearling. But he is also a bovine genetics whiz kid with a well respected breed bull Brandon describes as “doing well as a sire.”
Question: How old were you when you started working for yourself and who has been your biggest motivator?
Answer: “I was around 11 or 12. And I'd probably say I was inspired by my granddad. He was in the dairy business for 45 years. He's a really good businessman and I look up to him. I hang out with him a lot as well as with my dad.”
Question: How many hours a week do you devote to your business?
Answer: “I'd probably say I work 35 hours a week. Maybe even more. Depends on the day and what's going on.
“It does kind of interfere with school some, but I maintain high B's or A's. But there's the occasional 88 or 89. I struggle in math a bit.”
Question: What do you do for fun? And what are your plans for the future?
Answer: “I'll go to college, probably Tarleton. Hate to move off too far. All my cows are here. I've thought about studying feed and nutrition.
“And for fun? This is it. This is what I really enjoy. I enjoy everything I do. My mom talks about how I work all the time. But I love it. And I never take a vacation. For me working is like a vacation anyway. Not many people can say that, but I'm glad I can.”