Jay Zises is an investment manager and chairman at New York-based A Cap, Inc. He is a founding investor of Esquire Bank and is involved in various nonprofit organizations. At A Cap, Inc. Jay Zises maintains a special focus on young entrepreneurs as investment opportunities. The entrepreneurial spirit knows no age restrictions. Below are some tips for young individuals with drive and ambition to succeed. 1. It’s important to focus on your passion. Passion for a project or idea is what drives most entrepreneurial success stories and it’s a key ingredient for success. Working on something near and dear to one’s heart motivates to see it through. 2. Be smart about financing. Pursuing an idea that is scalable with funding will give you the best chance of succeeding. Having enough resources is critical to turning an idea into a viable product or service. 3. Work with a mentor. All entrepreneurs, especially young and inexperienced ones, can benefit greatly from learning from someone who has experience navigating the world of entrepreneurship. Achieving success will likely require skills that you haven’t yet gained so a mentor’s guidance will be essential to getting off the ground.