In the world of online business and entrepreneurship, it’s easy to always get distracted by all of the shiny lights and opportunities all over the place. This is especially true online, as it’s easy to see huge mega success stories and not realize the years of work it took actually leading to where they are today.
The same can be said of Jeremy and his ShoeMoney empire. If you’ve been following this blog long enough, you will already know that Jeremy didn’t start out as a successful blogger and entrepreneur. He actually went through a long and tedious process of 9-to-5 jobs, money making schemes and eventually finding his way to make money online with Google Adsense and his mobile ringtone site. If you aren’t familiar with the story, you can read all about it in his “Nothing’s Changed But My Change: The ShoeMoney Story” book. I highly recommend it!
Speaking of stories of success… I have a few hand selected names and stories currently in the news to keep you both inspired and driven for success in the months to come. As I mentioned, it’s always easy to look at the success of others and start to feel down on your own performance and any goals that you might not already be hitting. Read through each of the stories below and you will start to realize the many different ways to make money in the world today, along with the many different paths to get there.
Kara Goldin, and How to Get Past the Naysayers and Build a $90 Million Company
When starting any type of business or putting yourself out there for the world to see, there are going to be plenty of naysayers and haters along the way. This is just one of the many obstacles that entrepreneurs have to deal with on a daily basis, and it’s also all part of what makes up the most successful entrepreneurs in the world today — being that either they don’t care or let it bother them, and also how they use such negativity to spur themselves and their businesses to a whole new level.
One industry that you probably think has been hacked to death, is the flavored water and beverage industry. Not only is it extremely competitive, it’s also heavily funded by big name players like Coca-Cola and Pepsi. Kara Goldin is the founder and CEO of Hint, a company that makes around 25 different varieties of flavored water, and a product you may have already seen and purchased at your local shopping center. In this interview with Forbes, Kara is asked 20 different questions about not only how she runs her business and built it into a $90 million empire, but also how she has been helping other entrepreneurs and businesses grow in the process.
Sam Ovens, and the Secrets of Building Wealth in America
A million dollars is not a lot of money these days. Back before the “internet boom” and Silicon Valley, being a millionaire was quite an amazing task. Now it’s just something that happens on a daily basis for entrepreneurs and business owners around the world today. However, don’t take being a millionaire for granted… it’s still an amazing accomplishment and one that definitely takes a lot of work to achieve. Even with all of that being said, the internet has made the process for anyone to find financial or personal success much more attainable — whether it be through online marketing, buying and selling real estate around the world or even selling your expertise through online courses.
Sam Ovens is a perfect example of someone who was bound for success but just wasn’t sure how he was going to get there. At the age of 21 he dropped out of college and was broke and depressed — then by the time he was 25, he was a millionaire!
So how did Ovens get to where he is today? It all started with becoming a consultant to other consultants and making $10 million in the process. Then take that same successful business model and applying it to the concept of running online e-learning businesses. One of the most interesting components of this story is that Sam was living in New Zealand while all of this was going on, but he soon realized 98% of his business was coming from American clients — so he then decided to move the U.S. to further grow his business. You can read more about his story and secrets for building wealth in America, in this Sam Ovens interview on The Epoch Times.
Asia Newson, the 13-Year Old Super Business Girl
Not everyone in life is offered the same opportunities or start on a level playing field. Some entrepreneurs start from nothing, while others have successful parents or financial situations they can start off with. The good news is that the internet has made it a more level playing field for everyone interested in the entrepreneurship and business game.
Asia Newson, a 13-year old entrepreneur from Detriot, always has a passion for success and business. At the age of just 5, Asia was already selling candles she bought from wholesale distributors and selling them to customers in her neighborhood. Today, Asia has expanded that business model into producing her own candles and is now projected to have $100,000 in revenue for her company in 2017 — all while also training 40 of her peers and young kids in Detriot to help grow the business.As mentioned earlier, entrepreneurs are all unique in their own ways, how they get started and what they started with. The secret to Asia’s success comes through the form of her mentor — which is her father. She also found a great business opportunity and one that she was passionate about in the process.
As mentioned earlier, entrepreneurs are all unique in their own ways, how they get started and what they started with. The secret to Asia’s success comes through the form of her mentor — which is her father. She also found a great business opportunity and one that she was passionate about in the process. Not only is this story a great one out of Detriot, but it’s also one that highlights how there is no age requirement when it comes to entrepreneurship and how one person can start changing the world. Be sure to read Asia’s full story on Atlanta Black Star.
Paving Your Way and Making Your Own Entrepreneur Success Story
As you can see through each of the entrepreneur success stories above, each is unique in their own way — and also unique in how their businesses make money and provide value to others. At the end of the day, the world of entrepreneurship and business is an extremely crowded and competitive space and only the strong will survive. To find success, always remember to provide the best value and customer experience possible, while also treating your business like a business!