A self-made millionaire at 20, Greek digital entrepreneur Damian Prosalendis is part of an elite group of multimillionaire college dropouts who made their fortunes through tech like Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Williams and the late Steve Jobs.
At the insistence of his parents, Prosalendis pursued a chemical engineering degree at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. After one and a half years of living on university food stamps and doing odd jobs for $1 to $3 an hour, he was fed up with his life, so he dropped out to start an online business, something everybody told him he would regret later. Fast forward to becoming a millionaire before he turned 21, the only thing he regrets now is not dropping out earlier.
Prosalendis’s first business was offering copywriting services to Amazon sellers via Fiverr.com, the world’s largest service marketplace. His product listings were so effective that his company became the #1 highest ranked Amazon service and had serviced over 10,000 clients in 116 countries by the time he exited the business in 2018.
At 24, Prosalendis now has businesses dealing in video production, digital media and business development. He also has an impressive investment portfolio of international real estate and Forex investments. Prosalendis considers the latter his biggest success to date as he managed to scale his investment earnings from $100 a day to over $10,000 a day without much effort – a stark contrast from how he made his first million.
However the Forbes featured entrepreneur wears his self made millionaire badge with pride and disagrees that a prescribed route to success only comes from a formal education. “I discovered the internet business sphere when he was 15 and if I had taken it seriously then, I may have been a millionaire before 18, and far richer now,” he says.
In fact, Prosalendis believes a mentor is more important than any university degree. To this end, he’s created a private community for winners called New Age Conquerors, where he and his millionaire friends coach those who’re driven into success: “Your life is cast into the mold of the lives of everyone around you. If you want to be rich and successful, you need access to rich and successful people. Only they can alter your mindset and habits to match theirs, so you can recreate their results.”
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