Topics Discussed in Growing Up Boss

Opportunity in the Inner City

The challenges of graduating high school, pursuing higher education, and entering the workforce are intensified for youth in disadvantaged urban communities. Growing up in Gary, Indiana, Brandon experienced first-hand the impact youth development programs can make in the life of an individual.

Young, Gifted & Talented

We all have talents and a measure of giftedness – even if others around you don’t acknowledge it. Labels can have a positive and negative impact on the development of your identity.

Turning a Hobby into a Business

We all have hobbies, activities we dedicate some of our spare hours to because we find them fun or fulfilling. Some of these hobbies, if you take them seriously, can be turned into a stream of income.

Getting into the Shark Tank

While money doesn’t grow on trees, Brandon shares a number of ways you can seek funding for your business while you are still in high school or college.

Cars, Credit, and College: Purpose vs. Debt

Credit cards, cars, and college debt have the potential to be the biggest threat to your ability to achieve success on your own terms.

Family: The Good, The Bad, and Your Reality

Family can be your best supporters and the greatest source of negative energy. Learn how to set boundaries, practice self-love, and how to create family environments that help you bloom into your full potential.


The Success Story of You


The Success Story of You, A Guided Journal for Navigating Your Career  is a great added resource to Brandon L. Griffin’s inspiring young adult book, Growing Up Boss. Use the journal as you prepare to graduate into a new phase of life, go on a guided exploration to increase self-awareness, and begin crafting your story of success. Walking in the footsteps of another person can be inspiring, but nothing is more fulfilling than discovering and traveling your own and unique journey.

Brandon is amazing in providing information on monthly calls he hosts for young professionals. Thank you for being such a positive influence.
Pam Rosenberg
Pam Rosenberg
Senior Talent Recruiter, Microsoft
Mr. Griffin, you have truly transformed my mindset...As a full-time college student with a full-time job, you helped me become more confident and put a method to the madness.
Zack Berger
Zack Berger
Future Business Leader of America (FBLA/PBL) Student
It is always great to work with Brandon. He understands the need corporations have for great talent, and is working to help young adults become more prepared to enter the workforce.
Ashton Ragsdale
Ashton Ragsdale
Manager, Campus Programs & Diversity Outreach, The New York Times

About the Author

Brandon L. Griffin is a digital native, Millennial, and success coach for students. Born in Gary, Indiana, his entrepreneurial mind was nurtured at an early age. At the age of 12, during the dot-com boom, Brandon turned a hobby of designing websites into a business. In 2002, he was introduced to the world of youth entrepreneurship. At 16, he became a motivational speaker, received a host of ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards, and founded FyeBye Magazine to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a career pathway.

In 2012, Brandon co-founded SMDG, LLC , a Northwest Indiana-based social media marketing firm, the first of its kind to be recognized as a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in the State of Indiana.

Currently, Brandon is a Client Success Manager on USA TODAY NETWORK’s first team ever dedicated to national brand support for print and digital advertising services. He is co-chair of Next Gen Forward at USA TODAY NETWORK; an employee resource group which creates programming focused on multi-generational diversity, inclusion, and professional development for Millennial and Generation Z employees.


Ready for a sneak peak?

Join Brandon's newsletter to get early access to some of the lessons shared in Growing Up Boss.

We respect your privacy.