These 25 inspiring stories remind us that through determination, grit, and a strong vision anyone can overcome their circumstances and achieve extraordinary success online.

When you hear the word millionaire, what do you think of? 

A blogger? Well, after reading this you will!

These bloggers spend a large portion of their days in front of a computer screen. However, the rest of their weeks they can spend how they please. The biggest asset of blogging is that you have the freedom to work when you want, where you want, and with whom you want.

….and I have news for you.

It’s possible for you too!

More bloggers than ever are doing it.

In this article, we’ll meet 25 bloggers who have managed to earn millions of dollars doing what they love. Despite many obstacles including life-altering illness, collapsed reputation, or no college degrees they each found the secret to success online.

You will see how determination and perseverance took them to the top of the leaderboards to become millionaire bloggers.

 

Blogger #1: Jon Morrow

Jon Morrow successful blogger smartblogger.com

“From Paralyzed on Welfare to Millionaire in Mexico”

Jon’s story has to be one of the most inspiring stories that I have ever heard.

Jon was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) when he was 1. Living to the age of 34, is a miracle in itself. His mother fought to keep him alive when doctors warned he may die the next time he got pneumonia. But each time his mother would pound on his chest to help him keep breathing and keep him alive. (Ouch!)

As the years passed and his disease progressed, his ability to move has diminished. The medical care system in the U.S. is set up so that he couldn’t make money. If he made more than $700/month, he would be cut off from Medicaid and his huge medical expenses would not get paid.

So he moved to Mexico, cut his medical expenses by 90% and started his businesses.

He now only has the ability to move his face. Against all odds he has amazingly built a multi-million dollar blogging business.

How? You may ask. By using speech recognition software, and a lip-operated computer mouse. He took advantage of the freedom that blogging gives and moved to Mazatlan, Mexico where he could enjoy lounging on the beach with less expensive medical care.

Jon is definitely not someone to pity, but to admire. His tenacity and willingness to never, never, ever give up, and live with a positive attitude is a lesson we can all take with us especially when we are having a rough day.

 

 

Blogger #2: Brandon Gaille

“From Brain Cancer to BlogMaster”

 

Brandon overcame a childhood of being beaten up and bullied to build multiple million dollar plus companies in his 20s. Awesome! Right ?!

You may think the story ends here…however, the drive that helped build these companies also distracted him from taking care of his body.  As his health declined, so did his ability to run his business. After years of illness without knowing the cause, they finally found it… a brain tumor.

The location of the tumor caused every cell in his body to malfunction and as it progressed he was left severely disabled. He was unable to think clearly and function physically yet he continued to search for answers.

He finally found a combination of pharmaceutical therapies that sealed the tumor and helped him get the rest he needed in order to rebuild his strength.

YAY!

Right?

Well, not quite. He was hit again with devastating news: his pregnant wife had cancer.

The doctor told them they needed to make a overwhelming decision: to keep his unborn child alive or his wife. He refused to accept this as the answer. He used his research skills and entrepreneurial spirit to find a solution which ultimately kept the baby and his wife alive and cancer free.

With these troubles behind him and the income he made in his 20s gone, he worked hard to support his family once again. He has built his blog to over 1 million monthly visitors in less than 18 months. He shares exactly how he did and continues to do it in his podcast, The Blog Millionaire.

 

Blogger #3: Tim Ferriss

“From Failed Audio Book to Million Dollar Life Hacker

 

At the age of 16, Tim found that he was not cut out to be an employee. He took his first job as a cleaner at an ice cream parlor. The job lasted exactly three days before he was fired and told that maybe someday he would “understand the value of hard work.”

 At the age of 20, he tried his hand at entrepreneurship and invested all the money that he had managed to earn from three summer jobs into producing 500 copies of his audio book, How I Beat The Ivy League. He didn’t sell a single copy, yet he did not give up on his dreams to work for himself.

 After college, Tim tried again, it took him 2 weeks and $5000 of credit to launch BrainQUICKEN LLC, an online based sports nutrition company. At the age of 25 he was earning an impressive $40,000 a month, but spending 12 hours a day to do so.  He experimented with simplifying and automating his website so that he could travel to Europe. In true Tim Ferriss style he figured out how to take a vacation while only spending one hour Monday morning online to keep his business profitable.

This experiment of automating and optimizing became his life mantra and the basis of his best selling book “4- Hour Workweek”. This book became the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller.

This book turned Tim Ferriss a household name and helped inspire many entrepreneurs (including Alex Nerney on our list).

Since that book Tim, has been nominated as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People of 2007”. He has been featured by more than 100 media outlets, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.

 

Blogger #4: John Rampton

“From Bed Ridden to Online Influencer”

 

In 2006, John was working at a construction site trying to pay for college when he was run over by a large skid steer. It snapped his left leg in half and left him confined to only his bed being sponge-bathed for the next 12 months. He had 3 surgeries and continually was told that he would never walk again.

However, John continued to search for an answer and in 2007 he began an experimental treatment to have stem-cells injected into his leg to regrow the bone. Over the next 6 months he learned how to walk again by walking in the deep end of the pool and moving his way to the shallow end. This is something he feared that he would never do again, but he was determined to try everything possible to beat the odds.

During this time he began to learn online marketing. He had no choice but to sit in his bed all day, even worse he had no way to make money but behind his computer. He would spend 16-20 hours online a day. He learned what it takes to sell products online. Since then he has purchased, started, grown and sold several companies online. His latest company quadrupling a seven figure revenue stream in 6 months.

While his leg still bothers him some days, he views that trial as the literal stepping stone into his current career and it taught him to never give up. The lessons he learned from that day forward have helped make him who he is today

 

Blogger #5: Stefan James

“From Insecure to 7 Figure Life Master”

 

A lot of us bloggers can relate to Stefan. Growing up, he was extremely shy and introverted. He was also self-proclaimed “negative, lazy and suffered from depression”. One day, however, everything changed – he looked himself in the mirror and finally had enough. He made an important decision that day: “I will NEVER settle for less than I can be, do, give, or create.”

He knew that there was more to life. He knew he had potential and had finally decided to tap into it. At the age of 17, he started a journey of transformation that would lead him to the life that he feels “blessed” to live now.  His determination was the deciding factor in him becoming financially free and earning a 6-figure passive income by the time he was 24 years old.

Now earning a 7-figure income living as an internet entrepreneur and running multiple online businesses.  The “internet lifestyle” gives him the freedom to do what he wants, whenever he wants, with whomever he wants. Which, hey, we could all use a dose of that!

 

Blogger #6: Navid Moazzez

“From Swedish Law School Dropout to Virtual Summit Master

Navid who had a fairly normal upbringing, surprised his family when he dropped out of law school. He wanted the freedom to be his own boss, move abroad, and live the “extraordinary” life he had always dreamed of……but that didn’t happen.

At least not right away.

He found himself working part-time in a unsatisfying job at a bank to pay the bills. (Ugh! Can you feel the disappointment in this?) As he felt his hope become suffocated, day by day he started struggling… really struggling. Where was the entrepreneur lifestyle? Where were the buckets of cash?  Where were the trips abroad and the days spent working (a little) from a hammock?

After he stopped feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make a move and launch his website Navidmoazzez.com and was determined to make it work. Slowly but surely he built it from the ground up, learning and sharing what he was doing along the way. It wasn’t until January 2015 when he was enjoying life in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico that he felt like he finally was living the life he envisioned. He had generated $40,000 from a relatively small email list of 3,600 people. He is still rising to the top of the ranks of bloggers and is finally living the “Extraordinary Life” that he dreamed of blogging from a hammock.

Blogger #7:  Seth Godin

“From the Brink of Bankruptcy to Failing his Way to Millions”

Seth Godin is the guru of marketing. He has written 18 books with several of them New York Times bestsellers including Linchpin and Tribes.

But…it wasn’t always this way.

Years before he was a well known best selling author, he was writing [boring] books for a publishing company. This included an almanac and a few that I’m sure he is not proud of including Professor Barndt’s On-the-Spot Spot and Stain Removal Guide and Email Addresses of the Rich and Famous. Real glamorous right?

In 2002, he started his blog http://sethgodin.typepad.com/ as a way to log his thoughts and still does to this day.

He sent his own book idea to publishers and got 900 rejection letters in the mail. He was living on a meager income, window shopping at restaurants, just to go home and eat macaroni and cheese. As he created his own business, he was right on the edge of bankruptcy for almost eight years. The senior vice president of AOL threatened to have him arrested after a particularly bad project failure.

However, as Seth says… failing along the way is critical…and surviving the dip is essential.

What is this “dip” he speaks of ? I’ll let Seth explain…

“In the world of fitness, the dip is February 7th every year. What happens is people gain a lot of weight over the holidays. They start a fitness routine in January, and in February, you wake up and it’s snowing, and it’s dark, and it’s tiring, and you say, “No, I’m not going to go.” …That’s the dip.”

Every business goes through this dip and he says that not only do you have to survive “the dip” but you should actually look forward to a huge dip because the harder it is to get through, the less likely you will have competition on the other side. When it shows up say, “Oh good. This was the dip I was looking for!”

He not only has survived many “dips” but thrived through them and sold his company Yoyodyne to Yahoo! for $30 million and launched a social site that attracts more than 50 million viewers per month. Seth is still constantly doing interviews and giving to the online community because he believes that “Success is a byproduct of helping people solve their biggest most painful problems.”  A lesson that we can all learn from.

 

Blogger #8:  Gary Vaynerchuk

“From Belarus to Wine to Media Master”

Gary was born in Belarus in Soviet Union, and immigrated to the United States we he  was 3. He lived with 8 other family members in a studio apartment in Queens, New York. Gary’s father Sasha began working at a relative’s liquor store in New Jersey and eventually moved the family to Edison, NJ.

As a young child Gary showed the promising signs of an entreprenuer as he ripped out the flowers of neighbor’s garden and resold them. He then moved on to the lemonade business, managing multiple locations of lemonade stands and using his big wheel to collect his profits. Then in his early teens he found a market with baseball cards, making thousands in a weekend. However, his money making ventures came to a screeching halt (or what it seemed) when his father dragged him into the family liquor store. He was now making $2/hour bagging ice on weekends and holidays.

After graduating high school he went on to college and soon returned to the family liquor store where he had new ideas about how he could use the internet to grow the store. He started a website called winelibrary.com to help sell the wine from the store. He grew the sales from $3 million to $60 million in five years. He shortly after created a you tube channel in which he vlogged often. This channel grew in popularity and this was the beginning of his media career.

He still vlogs, and blogs, and is the owner of VaynerMedia, a digital marketing agency $100 million in revenue.

 

Blogger #9:  Ramit Sethi

“From Dorm Room E-Book to Teaching Millions How To Be Rich”

 

While in high school preparing for college his parents lovingly told Ramit that the only way he could afford college was to pay his own way. He took this challenge seriously and built a system to apply to 60+ scholarships. His hard work paid off and he earned enough to attend Stanford University!  Excited to get his first scholarship check, he thought what better way to spend it than to invest it in the stock market? Welp…..he immediately lost half his money. Oops.

Instead of throwing a pity party, he made it his personal mission to learn how money works. Fast forward a few years later to Ramit’s dorm room at Stanford where he was studying psychology and technology, he decided to start his now famous website IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com

He is now the CEO of this empire in which over millions of people read his material to learn how to use psychology and systems to live a Rich Life. He has courses and blog posts that share many aspects of this rich life including automating finances, making more money, finding your Dream Job, starting an online business and mastering your inner psychology. He has truly took learning from his mistake to the fullest extent and has earned millions because of it.

 

Blogger #10: Neil Patel

“From Sweeping up Vomit To Marketing Genius

Growing up, Neil  was not your average high school student…he was always thinking about how to earn more money to improve his lifestyle. As a child this led him to several ventures including selling burned CDs, black cable boxes, and reselling automotive parts.

Realizing that there wasn’t a long-term career in selling things that could be potentially classified as “illegal”, he decided to get into a legitimate business. While he was on the search of his next venture, he decided to get a “real” job at the local amusement park in the park services department. This department may sound cool, but in reality he was just in charge of picking up trash, emptying trash cans, cleaning restrooms and yes…sweeping up vomit. Although the job was less than glorious, he loved it because he got paid a few cents more per hour for cleaning the restrooms.

Fast forward many years later and he has used his entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and persistence to make a few cents more. He has dominated the online marketing space before he turned 30. The Wall Street Journal calls him a top influencer on the web, Forbes says he is one of the top 10 online marketers, and Entrepreneur Magazine says he created one of the 100 most brilliant companies in the world.

His positive spirit from the days of cleaning restrooms has never failed him. This is a great lesson to continue to have a positive attitude as well as a vision for the future.

 

Blogger #11: Lewis Howes

From Bullied Kid to New York Times Best Selling Author

As a kid Lewis suffered emotionally in a major way. He always felt like the dumbest person in class.

To make it worse, reading was a major challenge for him. As if being constantly bullied wasn’t enough, he also couldn’t comprehend and read out loud what he saw in books.  He was in the bottom of his class academically, insecure, and looking for ways to fit in.

To make matters worse, his parents got divorced, his brother did jail time for 4 years, and he was sexually abused by a man when he was 5. He remembers many times saying to school teachers, principals, and his parents that he wish he were dead.

Fast forward a few years later, he put all of this negative and lonely energy into his dream of being a professional athlete. He went on to play Arena Football for one season, but a career ending injury shattered his identity. And when he started seeking information and inspiration on how to create a better life for himself, that’s when everything started to change for the better.

Since then it’s been a powerful journey for him – becoming a New York Times bestselling author, building up a multi-million dollar online media company,  speaking all over the world, advising for billion dollar brands, and receiving media praise from places like Details Magazine- being one of “5 Internet Gurus Who Can Make You Rich”.

Now he’s committed to impacting 100 million lives. He teaches people how to pursue the dreams that burn inside them and how to earn a full time income while making an impact on the world and others.

He is a New York Times Bestselling author of the hit book, The School of Greatness. He was recognized by The White House and President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. Lewis is a contributing writer for Entrepreneur and has been featured in The New York Times, People, Forbes, Inc, Fast Company, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Health, The Today Show and other major media outlets.

 

Blogger #12: Gabrielle Bernstein

“From Junkie to Miracle Worker”

“My name is Gabby and I’m a recovering addict.” *

She hit rock bottom early in life at the age 25. At the time she was running a Public Relations business in New York City, representing nightclubs and restaurants. From the outside it appears that she had “made it.” She had the big career, the fancy clothes, access to the hottest clubs. But no matter how exciting her life looked on the outside, on the inside she was emotionally and spiritually drained. She was addicted to many things…anything that provided her a temporary high…work, love, drugs, food, the list goes on. Her addictive behavior took over her life and in time she realized she had a severe drug problem.

She intuitively knew there was more but she struggled to clean up her act while continuing to function in the nightclub scene.

Then on October 2, 2005, Gabby prayed for a solution. In her words she said

“God, Universe, whoever is out there, I need a miracle.” I woke up that morning and I heard an inner voice say, “Get clean, girl, and you’ll live a life beyond your wildest dreams.” Thankfully, that day I was willing to hear this inner voice. Thankfully, I listened. Since that day, I’ve been sober — and on a steadfast journey inward.”

Since then Gabby has become super popular, appearing on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday, traveling across the world for speaking engagements, and is sought out as a spiritual guru to young professionals. She is conquering the business of joy. She has authored several bestselling books where she adds wisdom and guidance.

She is living the life of her dreams since conquering her addiction and has stayed clean and enlightened ever since.

*exerpt from gabbybernstein.com

 

Blogger #13: Joel Brown

From Childhood Dreamer to Full Time Motivator

 

Despite his mediocre beginnings Joel was intent on becoming successful. The first time Joel Brown thought of self-improvement he was the tender age of 7. His mother saw how much he loved basketball and bought him the book called Rare Air , the autobiography of Michael Jordan.

He felt as if Michael Jordan brought him into his world. Michael shared stories of what inspired him, the emotions he felt, how he handled the failures and rejections and how he discovered his passion.

He was absolutely blown away and fired up after reading his book. He felt like his childhood hero was right there with him, teaching him about the importance of working on yourself and becoming the best you can possibly be. However, despite his great attitude and inspiration he was an F student and broke out of school in 10th grade to start his entrepreneurial dreams.

Fast forward to today and he has since built addicted2success.com from scratch to be the #1 motivation site in the world. With over 100 million views and over 50 Million unique website views from his worldwide audience. Joel has insights and analytics on Personal Development like no other in his industry.

 

Blogger #14: Henry Blodget

“From Banned Businessman to Selling his Website for Millions

 

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s Henry had become arguably the world’s most famous financial analyst, named Institutional Investor’s “all-star” analyst three years running and taking home a salary of $12m from Merrill Lynch.

He was on top of the world living the life of a millionaire… before it all came crashing down.

In 2002, the New York State Attorney General published Merrill Lynch e-mails in which Henry gave assessments about stocks which conflicted with what was publicly published. He was fined $4 Million and the Securities and Exchange Commission banned him for life from working in financial services industry. Game Over….right?

Henry could have given up. His public reputation was crap and he was no longer able to work in the field that made him so wealthy. However, he rose again.  Henry founded a financial news and gossip site called Business Insider in 2007.

8 years after starting his website, Henry sold Business Insider, for $343 Million.

Henry still acts as the CEO and Editor In Chief of Business Insider, the most read business and tech news site in the world.

He is a great example of not going into hideout after despite such a negative public decline as well as knowing what your strengths are and building up from there.

 Blogger #15: Marie Forleo

“From Broke Bartender to Inspirational Internet TV Star

After college, Marie started her career life as a trading assistant on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. After realizing this career was not for her, she decided to follow one of her passions, fashion. While working for a few magazines, she saw an ad for life coach training. This whole life coaching career intrigued her and she saw it as an opportunity to help improve other’s lives. It was then that she realized that her unusual combination of interests and skills was a strength, not a liability.

She gave up the security of the 9-5 began bartending and waiting tables to stay afloat while slowly building her coaching business from the ground up, now named Marie Forleo International.

In 2011 Marie launched MarieTV a web television show which currently has 366,377 subscribers. She also has a business school named B-school which focuses on small business and personal development training for women entrepreneurs.

 

She has built a multi-million dollar empire upon what she first thought was a liability, the fact that she had so many passions. She has turned this into her unique image and brand.

 

Blogger #16: Kris Carr

“From Stage 4 Cancer to Health Guru

Kris has been living with an incurable (yet slow-growing) stage 4 cancer for over a decade. Even though she could have given up on life, because, hey stage 4 means she will die soon right? Many people would take this as an opportunity to eat brownies and drink wine all day feeling sorry for herself.

Kris instead has taken the diagnosis of cancer to help teach herself about taking care of of her health and living her life to the fullest. Though she can’t be cured, she has decided that she can still be healthy. She states on her website: “I can still feel better, love harder and have a more joyful life.” More than a decade later, her life is more connected and magical than it was before her diagnosis. Although she still has cancer, she is healthy, and she runs a mission-driven business that serves her community and makes her feel profoundly grateful each and every day. She is an inspiration to those who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as any who want to learn how to live their lives happier and healthier. She has affected millions while selling 5 best selling books and an award winning film.

 

 

Blogger #18: Darren Rowse

“From Odd Jobs to Celebrity Pro Blogger

Darren is a blogger who consistently helps others with their blogs.

But it wasn’t always that way. During the first year of blogging he worked 3 other jobs, was studying part time to be a minister, and oh ya….blogged on the side. Of course this meant he wasn’t able to spend countless hours perfecting his writing or blog design and yet he prevailed.

His odd job history included being a Minister of a Church, working for an online department store, and his third job was as a casual laborer. With his casual labor job he was on call with an employment agency and did all kinds of temping work ranging from mind numbing production line work on a conveyor sorting through the rubbish that comes off planes at the end of 15 hour flights to helping to assemble circuses…. random right?

He worked hard on his blog every spare moment that he had. As he learned more and more about blogging he was able to generate income from it. He was able to finally cut down on the number of jobs.

It has been 15 years since and he is currently a full-time uber successful blogger. He makes his full time income from several different streams of income including advertising deals, affiliate programs, adsense, and selling an online products. His latest estimated income is between $20,000-30,000/month.  Darren has amassed a huge following online and in 2006, was awarded the Best Web Development Weblog blog award, and in 2007 was named to the Forbes Internet Celebrity list. He is a testament to the fact that you do not need a ton of time to start a blog. You also do not need to quit your job first before you start you blog or business.

 

Blogger #19: Michael Arrington

“From Mediocre Lawyer to Tech Genius

In 2005, Michael was essentially a nobody in the tech world when he launched Techcrunch.com. He was an attorney practicing corporate and securities law and was fascinated by entrepreneurs. At 35, his life looked as if he might never hit it big. 3 years later, without any extensive writing experience or funding, he was selected by TIME Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. His blog Techcrunch.com had made it big.

Michael states, “In the beginning, I got up every day and worked until I passed out. I’ve always been like that. It’s probably why I’m not married yet.”

Originally working by himself, he now employs a half dozen writers and researchers pumping out 3 to 10 posts a day. He has a few other projects including CrunchNotes, a gadget blog called CrunchGear, a classified-ad site called CrunchJobs, and a portable-computing blog called MobileCrunch.

TechCrunch and its network of websites now reach over 12 million unique visitors and draw more than 37 million page views per month. The TechCrunch community includes more than 2 million friends and followers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and other social media.

Michael is not only a self-made Silicon Valley celebrity, he’s a perfect example of how to turn intelligence, persistence, and vanity into an internet brand.

 

Blogger #20: Will Mitchell

“From High school Dropout To Start Up Guru”

Will was born in Chicago to an extremely poor set of teenage parents. Parents that were very motivated. By the time he was 7, they had put themselves through school and decided to start their first business. 3 years later his parents sold that business for a huge payday. His family went, quite literally, from rags-to-riches – and he was absolutely intoxicated by the potential of entrepreneurship.

He then became deeply obsessed with all things related to business. His father told him the path to being successful was through getting good grades…so he tried that for a while. However, he could not figure out how school was helping him as an entrepreneur.

By the time he was 12, he decided that school was actually bad for him. Over the next 6-years, he tried every business model you can think of (and failed with most of them). But he knew that every failure made him a better entrepreneur, so he kept pushing forward.

One day he stumbled onto the concept of importing products from China and selling them online. This was his start of success, and something he still does to this day.

By the time he was 18, he had made several hundreds of thousands of dollars selling products online. He had proven his teachers and parents wrong, and found success in business before he was even out of high school.

As of 2016, the StartupBros team has launched 6 successful multi-million dollar businesses. Sells over $10-million of physical products and over $3-million of digital products per year. Generated over $50-million of lifetime sales throughout our different businesses.

Will is indeed successful and is a testament to the fact the same ‘ole high school to college to career route is not for everyone. His motivation to succeed transcended the walls of school.

 

Blogger #21: Melyssa Griffin

“From Teaching English In Japan to Blogging in SoCal”

In 2013, Melyssa was teaching English Japan. While she loved teaching she felt her creativity dwindle. She tried using her creativity to help teach her students and found her ideas were generally “shot down” by her superiors. So there she was thousands of miles away from her family and friends, alone, isolated, and miserable. She started to look online for ways to connect to people and to give her an outlet for her creativity.

As the success of her blog grew she was able to lean on this income and quit her job as a classroom teacher. She then moved back to California, and grew her blog and graphic design business nonstop.

She started to become super successful and earning much more than she did as a teacher. On her blog she states that just one year after launching, she was earning $5-6,000/month. Just one year later in 2015, she was earning double this at around $9-10,000/month. Currently her blog is earning over $1,000,000/year. This is coming from someone with self reported “no business experience” previously.

Her graphic design business has closed up shop because she has moved on to online education. She loves to teach aspiring entrepreneurs how to start and grow their own business. She has taken her best skills and love for teaching coupled with her undying motivation to create something more than she could ever have imagined when she was a teacher earning $30-40,000 in Japan.  Melyssa is very down to earth and caring with her approach, which has attracted many people to trust her and her online educational products.

Melyssa is a testament to the fact that even if you find yourself half-way around the world with no one to talk to, you are still in control of your life.

 

Blogger #22: Kimra Luna

“From Public Assistance to Rockstar Marketer”

Raised on public assistance, she found herself continuing the cycle of barely making it by. In 2012, Kimra found herself a 26 year old married mom of two, living with her husband’s parents in Southern California. Neither her or her husband had a college degree, and Kimra’s early career, a promoter of punk concerts ended with the 2008 crash.

Then, her husband found work in as a Fedex driver in North Dakota, and moved states away. He was making enough to pay the family’s bills, and half a year later, he relocated to Virginia and Luna joined him, now living paycheck to paycheck.

Fast forward to 2014, and Kimra launched an online digital marketing business from a computer they purchased with their tax refund, and using money on a $5,000 limit credit card to fund their business. Her business took off very quickly from zero to $1M in sales in one year, and doubling that the year after. She has since moved to New York, her husband is now the CFO and they have the freedom to work whenever and wherever they wish.

Kimra says her passion is for, “People who are sick of their jobs and not having results and not knowing how to execute,” she explains. “They’re done listening to people that tell them the what and not the how. I’m the person who tells them how to do things.”

Kimra did not let her upbringing and her income to hold her back, she used what she had and made it work.

 

Blogger #23: Pat Flynn

“From Laid Off to Online Authority”

Pat is one of the most inspirational bloggers in the world. Although he says he’s not an expert in the subject, he has earned over $3 million in the last 9 years by creating authoritative and helpful websites in very different areas. These include passing a green building exam, becoming a security guard, establishing and growing a successful food truck business, and creating a clickable map.

Although seeing this success may make you feel that he was always destined to be this successful entrepreneur, things were not always looking this rosy for Pat. After losing his job a few years into his career as an architect in 2008, he was forced to scramble to support his growing family. He started a website and later sold a book to help people pass a LEED exam(an architecture exam). Selling this book for $19.99 and making $7,000 his first month he knew he was on to something.

He has since built a massive following and readership thanks to his transparency and honesty. Pat broadcasts his monthly earnings to readers on his front page of his main website smartpassiveincome.com, which has inspired countless individuals. Pat currently attends industry conferences, runs a regular podcast for his readers, and spends as much time as he can with his family. His latest income report states his blog making $102,915.99/month.

Laid off and unemployed does not have to be a low point in your life and Pat Flynn is the best example that I can think of so illustrate this.

 

Blogger #24: John Chow

“From a Village in China to a Dot Com Mogul”  

John was born in a small farming village in Mainland China. Where he had no running water, no electricity, no stove, and had to get his water from a well in a bucket. No one even knew what a microwave was. His family then immigrated to Vancouver, Canada but the hardships were not over. He lived in the worst part of the city where the highest concentration of drug users lived. His upbringing was not glamorous by any means but he never gave up hope.

John was intrigued with the internet and heard that some people were making money using the internet. He decided to make a blog on wordpress about people who made money online. Literally that’s it.

His blog started to get more and more traction and fans because others wanted to know how to make money online too.

Yes, John Chow is the man who makes money online talking about how people are making money online.

He is also the man who did not let his past determine his future.

 Blogger #25: Rand Fishkin

“From College Dropout In Debt to SEO Star”

In 2001, Rand was on his way to a college degree, making it 99% the way through college (2 classes away from a degree) only to drop out.

Rand and his mother were working together on a marketing consulting business and took out over $150,000 in loans to “grow” their business. In 2004, they could no longer pay the minimums on the debt they had borrowed but did not know what to do next. His father did not know they were in debt and therefore they did not want to declare bankruptcy and expose this fact.

 

Instead they worked their butts off to make the business work…and the rest is history. They found their market when they switched from building websites for small companies to to growing a small SEO consultancy based business. “That shift helped us earn press, paying clients and a renewed sense of purpose.” By the middle of 2007, they were debt-free. In 2015 his Moz.com was valued at $35 Million. To say the least they made their business work.

 

In 2009, Rand was named among the 30 Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30 by BusinessWeek. He has been written about in many of the country’s most popular publications including Newsweek and the New York Times. He is a sought after keynote speaker and overall a great guy who loves to spend time with his “amazing” wife.

 

He showed us that your debt is not an barometer of your potential and can be used to push you to succeed.