#43: Lewis Howes on Going From Broke to Earning 7-Figures in 2 Years (and Writing a Bestselling Book)

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to Lewis Howes, the best-selling author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity. Today, Lewis has over half a million followers on his Instagram, he’s the host of a Top 100 iTunes Podcast, The School of Greatness that features interviews with people like Gary Vaynerchuk, Casey Neistat, Rob Dyrdek, Daymond John, and hundreds more.

Lewis also has a blog with millions of readers, he’s been on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Ellen and I could keep going on and on… but things weren’t always this way for Lewis.

In fact a little over 10 years ago, he was completely broke and living on his sister’s couch—not even able to afford rent.

Originally from a small town in Ohio, Lewis got into sports in high school and pretty quickly excelled on the football field. He went on to play professional arena football, but an injury landed him out of the sport permanently.

After taking some time to recover, get back on his feet, and begin figuring out what he wanted to do with his life now that football was out of the picture, Lewis turned back to his interest in sports marketing and began combining that with social media. Pretty soon, he launched his first business as a LinkedIn consultant and about the same time began sharing publicly about his life & business over on his blog. And the rest is history.

In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

[02:40] What book he’s reading at the moment.
[03:08] A brief look at his origins.
[07:28] What he did after he finished college.
[13:16] The first time he got paid for a LinkedIn event.
[16:21] Some decisions he’s made that have elevated his business in a big way.
[19:42] What led him to write The Mask of Masculinity.
[26:13]His number one piece of advice for anyone looking to start a side hustle today.
26:40 A project he launched in the past without validating it first.
[28:23] His advice for anyone looking to build a personal brand.
30:38 The best investment he’s ever made in growing his business.

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Resources Mentioned:

Manhood: How to Be a Better Man or Just Live with One by Terry Crews

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In today's episode, we're talking to Lewis Howes, the bestselling author, online entrepreneur, top 100 iTunes podcaster, and speaker, about his incredible life story. We're uncovering how Lewis went from being broke, living on his sister's couch to making his first $1 Million just two years later, how he landed a photoshoot with Tim Ferriss & Gary Vaynerchuk early in his career, and so much more...




3 responses to “#43: Lewis Howes on Going From Broke to Earning 7-Figures in 2 Years (and Writing a Bestselling Book)”

  1. Ashley Avatar

    Great interview, Ryan! A ton of good information and examples on being unique and adding value. Lewis sounds like a really nice and down to earth guy. I don’t always get to listen to your podcasts, but when I do I really get a lot out of them! Thanks for that.

    1. Ryan Robinson Avatar

      You rock, thanks for tuning in Ashley! All credit goes to Lewis for this awesome conversation—he’s got a lot of heart and hustle. What’s been your favorite episode you’ve caught so far? And how do we win you over as a more regular listener? 😊

  2. DNN Avatar

    Many people fail to believe it’s possible to go from broke to millionaire in 5 years or less. It’s nothing more than a state of mind. If a person is going to start a business, it’s a good idea to start a business doing something they love to do. This way, it’s not seen as work and it’ll be something that they’ll stay working on for virtually a lifetime. Agree? 🙂

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