it's not your fault.
You tried before but it didn't work. You had a money dream, a health target, a relationship goal, and it didn't work so you had to get more practical and realistic. It's ok. It's not your fault. You didn't learn how to do this in school. The people around you couldn't teach you because they're barely hanging on themselves. You didn't have the money, resources, equipment, time, connections, background, or education to make it work. You did the best you could with what you had. It's ok, it's not your fault.


at 8, I went to see a child psychologist.
I always seemed to be a slow learner. It took me 19 months before I learned to walk and people kept asking my parents what was wrong with me. When I went to school at 3, I spent a lot of time sitting under my desk instead of participating in class. I was sick all the time, constantly on antibiotics for terrible ear infections, and in and out of surgeries to try to fix my hearing problem. I jumped between three different schools and my parents were worried that I wasn't getting the extra attention I needed and I also wasn't making any friends. 

My mom said she began to notice some serious changes in me as I went from being a happy child, adventurous and curious to becoming more withdrawn and developing nervous ticks. So they took me to a child psychologist who suggested that I leave for another school and go to an all boys one until I finished high school. I never did well in school, never really had many friends, and my teachers always accused me of just doing the bare minimum and not trying. 

But my parents  always told me, "You are Evan Castrilli Carmichael and you can do anything you believe you can." And in my final year I was assigned Mrs. Farr as my teacher mentor. Most kids rarely met with their teacher mentors but I met Mrs. Farr every week and she helped me believe in myself too. In that last year of high school I went from getting B's and C's to getting an A+ in every class and qualified for a full scholarship to the university of my choice. I wasn't stupid! I just needed a little extra help.


at 19, i made the hardest decision of my life.
When I graduated high school I thought I had it all figured out. Go to university, study economics, and become an investment banker. But when I got to university I got the opportunity to join two entrepreneurs who had started a software company and offered me a 30% stake in the business to join them. The more I worked on my new business, the more I realized that nothing I was learning in my university economics classes were helping me. I thought university was going to be the answer to everything but quickly saw that, unless I wanted to become an economist, everything I was learning for four years was pretty much useless to me in practical real life. 

So at 19 I had to make the hardest decision of my life: Stay with the company I owned where I was only making $300 per month or take the six figure investment banking job I thought I wanted. I struggled a lot with the decision. What if I'm not good enough to be an entrepreneur? What if I don't make it? What if I can never support myself? What if I blow my one chance to make it as an investment banker? Can I really turn down six figures when I'm only making $300 per month? What will people say if I turn this job of a lifetime down? 

Some of my friends were taking a year off to travel and explore before getting a job so I decided that I'd take a year off and invest in myself instead by trying to make my business work. I also learned about Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos who left his high paying investment banking job to become an entrepreneur because he didn't want to live with the regret of now knowing. So I decided that I didn't want to have regrets and that I would rather know and fail then not know. I turned down the job, went to work full time on my business, and then almost instantly regretted it.


I felt like a giant loser who made the biggest mistake of my life.
I was working all day, every day on my business, but nothing seemed to be working. No matter how much I tried, how long I worked, how many ideas I came up with, none of them had an impact. I couldn't believe it and went back to feeling like the dummy I was for most of my school life. I also wasn't making any money. $300 a month only goes so far. I stayed at home living with my parents. I took the same bean salad to my business partner's apartment because it was cheap and would fill me up. I only said yes to one social event per month with my friends because $25 for pizza and beer was usually too much for me to afford. 

I made it harder on myself that I didn't tell anyone I was struggling. I was embarrassed and ashamed that I wasn't having success. I told people that I couldn't go out because I was "hustling" and "living the entrepreneur life," but really I was just broke and felt like a loser. I went to the bank to ask for help but they turned me down because my business was a startup and I had no assets that were worth anything. So one day, after having this feeling of being a worthless failure building and building inside me, I called my business partner and said, "I quit. I need to feel like I have some kind of value as a human and this business of ours is not working." 

I barely slept that night and the next morning I sat in my room and realized that I can't quit just yet. I hadn't given it everything I had. That I would regret quitting now and that it was still too soon. But I can't keep going like this. I had to find another way to win, something, anything. So I asked myself a simple question, "Who has built a successful software company before?" The first person I thought of was Bill Gates from Microsoft. I studied how he built Microsoft from zero and applied that to my business. Shortly after I got my first deal for $13,500. I couldn't believe it! That may not sound like a lot of money but it was more money then I had ever seen in my life and, more importantly, I had a system I could follow to get more deals. I wasn't worthless! I just needed the right model to follow.


At 22, I lost a $40 million deal.
I've always been a perfectionist. I'm afraid of making a mistake, getting it wrong, and embarrassing myself. Once my company started to do well I worked on a new plan that would blow up our business, make us millionaires, and give us financial freedom forever! I worked, and I worked, and I worked on this business plan. And when I was almost done, I second guessed yet another thing I had in it so I worked on it some more. But finally, FINALLY, I decided that it was perfect. It was done. It was exactly what I wanted and so we took it to market. Our new bold plan to get our business acquired and make us rich! The big idea was to have a giant company in a competing industry buy us. So we went to the #1 player in the industry, the big multi-billion dollar kahuna... And they said, "No." 

No? Wait, what? The plan was perfect. How could it be a no? Can you read it again? "Sorry, no." I was shocked. All that time invested for nothing. But then we thought, "Hey, the #1 company won't buy us but maybe one of their smaller competitors will." So we started reaching out, eventually getting a meeting with the #4 sized company. They were super interested, had just raised a bunch of money to buy companies like ours and we got in for a meeting with them. They told us that they were indeed looking to buy a software company like ours and had already been talking to our biggest rival for the past three months. They really liked us, our plan, our software, and us as people... but they were going to buy our rival because they had spent so much time already talking to them. They bought our rival for $40 million. 

Immediately I thought, "Why did I have to be such a perfectionist! What if I had the plan ready sooner and we were here talking with them three months ago?" I didn't know if it would have made a difference but even if we had a 50% chance at $40 million, I'd sign up for that! Now we eventually did get acquired by another business, and I got paid pretty well for a 22 year old, but it wasn't $40 million and ever since then I've tried to value progress over perfection and that the single thing that I'm missing is just momentum. I didn't have a mentor this time. I didn't model someone to learn from their success this time. And I paid the price for it.


I'm an introvert whose biggest fear is letting people down.
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, starting a popular website off of my name with over 100,000 pages of content... and then eventually starting 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! 

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. 3 comments in one year. In my first five years of having the channel I got 7,000 subscribers. 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 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 help 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 flyer on me. It wasn't easy but Steve punched, kicked, and hugged me through the now 6,000+ videos on my channel to help me get better. In the first 5 years without him I went from 0 to 7,000 subscribers. Over the next 5 years with him I went from 7,000 to 2 million subscribers. Again, without the mentor or model, I failed. With them, I succeeded.


Today, I still struggle with all of these problems.
I'm still an introvert. My biggest fear is still disappointing people. I still feel not good enough for the next level in my life, still have nervous ticks that show up every day, and still don't fit in to most social groups. I've learned to adapt my learning style so I learn through visuals instead of telling myself I'm stupid because I can't learn other ways. 

And I've got other insecurities like being divorced, having a son in another part of the country, and worrying that I'm not a good enough father. I get nervous before I get on stage, doubt myself before I get on camera, and get insecure before I do an interview. I struggle with these things but I don't let them stop me. Whether it was people I could talk with my parents, Mrs. Farr, or Steve... or people I could model like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, I learned that even if everybody around you is negative, hopeless, and toxic, if you can get just one person who makes you believe that something greater is possible, it can make all the difference in the world. 

I've had the tremendous honor of helping millions of people around the world and if any of this resonates with you, I'd love the opportunity to humbly be one of your guides. Like I said at the start, it's not your fault where you're at right now. You did the best at the time with what you had. But where you are now doesn't have to be where you end up if you get the right people and models to follow. I #Believe in you.
Evan Carmichael bio
Evan Carmichael #Believes in entrepreneurs. Gary Vaynerchuck called him the DJ who inspires people and Ed Mylett called him the modern day Napoleon Hill. At 19, he built then sold a biotech software company. At 22, he was a venture capitalist raising $500k to $15M. He now runs a YouTube channel for entrepreneurs with over 2 million subscribers and 300 million views, wrote 4 books, and speaks globally. He wants to solve the world's biggest problem, people don't #Believe in themselves enough. Forbes named him one of the world's top 40 social marketing talents and Inc. named him one of the 100 great leadership speakers and 25 social media keynote speakers you need to know. He's set 2 world records, uses a trampoline & stand-up desk, owns Canada's largest salsa dance studio where he met his wife and has a giant Doritos bag in front of him all day long to remind him that he's stronger than the Doritos. Toronto is his home. He's a husband, father, TSM Fan and Teemo main. 

good karma projects
So how do you solve the world's biggest problem? I don't have all the answers but it starts with taking bold bets that have the potential to impact a billion people. Here are some of the good karma projects I'm working on that I hope puts a #Believe dent in the universe.
free coaching
Most weekdays I do free live coaching on Instagram. Follow me on IG, turn on your notifications, and bring your questions!
change your life
You can change your life in 30 days. #BestLife30 is a free 30 day video series specifically designed to help you jump into your best life!
microlending
I've loaned money to over 6,000 entrepreneurs through Kiva. This is Aminatou from Togo. She sells clothing to support her 5 kids.
mindset training
It takes up to 254 days to build a new habit. These free videos will help you shift your mindset and take charge of your life.
youtube channels
I've been on YouTube since April 2009. There are thousands of videos on these channels for you to learn from, 100% free:
league of legends
I love League of Legends and am an ADC Teemo main trying to get to Gold. I go live Mon-Fri evenings & answer your biz questions for free.
Level up with Evan
If you love all the free stuff I put out and find value in it, here are a few ways to take your experience up to the next level with me. Disclaimer: I was the guy who was making $300 / month in my first business so I know how much every dollar means and I try to jam my programs with as much value as possible. I always recommend that you start with the free materials and prove that what I do helps you first. Then, if that resonates with you and you're getting value, consider some of these programs below. It would be my honor to guide you in leveling up your journey.
built to serve
My latest book, Built to Serve, helps you find your purpose and become the leader you were born to be. You're ready!
youtube bootcamp
My YouTube Growth Bootcamp course + membership program where I teach you how to grow your YouTube channel.
movement makers
​Live training done on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month with me to help you build your Movement!
Evan 1 on 1
Pull up a chair and let's chat. Whether you want to get free help by coming on with me when I go live on Instagram, want a private coaching session, or want to interview me for your show or podcast, I'm looking forward to spending some 1 on 1 time together and injecting some more #Believe into the planet.
free coaching
Most weekdays I do free live coaching on Instagram. Follow me on IG, turn on your notifications, and bring your questions!
private coaching
I don't do a lot of private coaching but if you're willing to buy and donate some books, I have two spots open every week. 
interview me
Do you have a podcast or show and want me to come on? My calendar fills ups quickly but I do make time every week for interviews.
Hire Me to Speak
If you've got an event with leaders who want to serve the world then I want to help. I'm going to inspire them and give them the tactics and momentum that they need to grow. My goal is for your event to be the turning point in their lives that propel them forwards into greater success. This event has to count. My time on stage will make the difference.
Interactive chats
This is my favorite thing to do. Set up context and then answer questions directly from the audience to bring the most value.
keynote speech
Want to bring some #Believe to your next event? Have me open or close and give your audience an experience to remember.
get in touch
Please contact my agent Steve in New York to figure out scheduling, budget, and topics. I'm excited to speak to your group!
Entrepreneurs I've invested in
Most of the work I do is at scale. I want to reach a billion people so that leads me to create YouTube videos, books, and do events where my message can touch a lot of lives. But I also love collecting good people and every now and then I run into special humans and end up investing in them because I #Believe in what they're doing and the impact that they want to have. Here are a few of those special humans I've invested into:
Aleks Saiyan
Aleks runs Toronto Dance Salsa, Canada's (and maybe the world's) largest salsa dancing studio. His One Word is #Belong.
Jeremy Stickney
Jeremy runs a YouTube consulting agency helping you grow to 100,000 and 1 million subscribers. His One Word is #Confidence.
J-Ryze
Jason 'J-Ryze' Fonceca runs the Soar Accelerator, your secret weapon to building your empire. His One Word is #Ryze.
Kiva Entrepreneurs
I've loaned money to over 6,000 entrepreneurs through Kiva. This is Victoria from Tanzania. Her business helps students find jobs.
Kyle Manco
Kyle Manco is the #1 Teemo jungle player in the world. He also coaches Evan on how to be a better player. His One Word is #Inspire.
Mark drager
Mark  Drager and Evan have a weekly show called the Something to Prove Podcast. His One Word is #Extraordinary.
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