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Meet 14-Year-Old CEO On Mission To Spread Kindness, Stop Bullying

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No Bully, a nonprofit organization that ignites compassion and eradicates bullying, was excited to grab an interview with the 14-year-old Arizona entrepreneur, Jayce McGuirk, who is the CEO of Random Hats of Kindness. Jayce is not your average teenager and is a total inspiration, which makes us grateful to partner with him in an official capacity. In between going to school, playing basketball, and hanging out with friends, Jacye finds time to fuel his number one passion: spreading kindness and bringing joy to people’s lives.

We sat down to talk with Jayce about his self-designed line of hats that spread positive messages such as Be Humble, Dream Big, Be Kind, and many more. Ten percent of all proceeds go toward No Bully’s mission to eradicate bullying. Hence, if you want to learn how to look cool, spread positive vibes, and put an end to bullying then read on!

Jayce, you’ve been featured on the news and radio for your inspirational entrepreneurship as the 14-year-old Founder and CEO of Random Hats of Kindness. Your hat fashion line not only promotes kindness but you also donate 10 percent of your proceeds to No Bully’s bullying prevention work – what three things do you attribute your success to?

I attribute my success to my family, God, and all the positive people around me. Giving back is the most important part of the business to me. We are so happy that people get excited about the brand, anyone who buys the hats might not know it, but they are really helping to make the world a more positive place by wearing them. You never know who will see your hat and the shift it might make in their mindset.

Where did the idea for RHOFK come out of? Was there a specific experience or sentiment that drove you to choose bullying as your cause?

Actually, my brother came up with the idea and he stopped pursuing it so I took it and ran with it. I chose to give back to bullying because I think bullying is a very bad thing and my mission is to make the world a better place.

How do you integrate running RHOFK with your busy school life? How do your friends and family feel about you running a business at this age?

I am lucky enough to go to a school with very little homework so that definitely helps! Between basketball practices, games and leagues I just use whatever time I can find to get things done. My friends and family are very proud of me and are uplifted by me running a company at my age.

Your business encourages people to practice random acts of kindness. Based on your personal experiences, what is your perspective on how children and students interact with each other nowadays as relates to bullying?

I see different interactions daily which some are good and others are bad. It all comes down to wanting to be kind. If you want it bad enough you can do it and when other people see it, they also want to do it. It is contagious.

With the positive response you’ve received from the online community and your audience at local events, do you have a vision for where you want to take RHOFK in the next couple of years?

I would love to just continue growing the business, especially online. We also look forward to putting together an amazing campaign with NoBully.org that everyone can get behind.

What advice would you give to any other entrepreneurs looking to start their own business?

I’d say go for it and just give it your all. Don’t underestimate yourself. I wish you all the success in the world!

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