(The picture is of me above is when I was 25 and thought the only way to be taken seriously was to wear a suit. LOL)
After I sold my business I did a bunch of speaking gigs around the world, started another software company that did not succeed, became a venture capitalist raising $500,000 to $15 million for businesses, started a popular website off of my name with over 100,000 pages of content . . . and then eventually started a YouTube channel in April of 2009. I'm a visual learner so I would much rather see something than read it or hear it. Looking back on my early struggles in school, that's probably at least partly why I didn't do well. So when I heard about YouTube, I decided this would be a cool place for me to share some visual content to help other entrepreneurs! But I was shy, nervous, afraid, and felt like an introvert couldn't win on YouTube. I was scared that I would let people down.
In one full year of my first video being up, only three people left a comment: my mom, my older sister, and some random guy who found my video. Three comments in one year. See, I'm an introvert. I didn't go on YouTube to be famous. I did it to try to help. But it took me a long time to get comfortable in front of the camera. I never felt like my story was good enough or that people wanted to hear from me. I couldn't film with anyone else in the room, even if it was my sister. I was nervous, shy, and disappointed with everything I made. But I still created because I had learned my $40 million dollar lesson of being a perfectionist. I created, but I was still scared of letting myself and my small audience down.
And then I met my now-business manager, Steve. He's a hardcore New York guy who helped build people like Mel Robbins and Grant Cardone into brands. He told me my problem was that I didn't want to get famous, and he hadn't met anyone as nice as me, so he'd take a chance on me. It wasn't easy but Steve punched, kicked, and hugged me through the now 10,000+ videos that I've now made and he helped me get better. In the first 6 years without him I went from 0 to 9,000 subscribers. Over the next 6 years with him I went from 9,000 to over 2 million subscribers. Again, without the mentor or model, I failed. With them, I succeeded.