22-year-old Harry Sanders revealed he was homeless and had to sleep under a bridge when he was a teen.
Even though he is now worth over $1 million, he still stresses about money as he was traumatized from being on welfare.
Before making his fortune, Sanders was struggling to receive benefits from Centrelink. When he finally did, he found himself living with people who were battling drug addiction.
“Every rich person who has never been on Centrelink thinks it’s just free cash going out but it’s not like that, I had social workers and the whole kit and caboodle,” he said in an interview with news.com.au.
The young entrepreneur said what he experienced made him feel worthless and a burden. But he also said that life had prepared him for something big.
“Making all this money now is great but it doesn’t really feel real. I have a company worth millions of dollars but sometimes I still catch myself fretting about a $3 bagel and asking myself, ‘do you really need this?’” he expressed.
He was 16 years old when he developed the Search Engine Optimization software Studiohawk before he became homeless.
Living on the streets was what drove him to relaunch the idea and that’s how he became successful. He managed to compile a portfolio of loyal clients who spread the word about the young SEO expert.
Last year, he was announced the winner of the 2019 Australian Business Awards in the category Marketing Innovation only months.
Sander’s company recorded $3 million in revenue in the previous financial year.
“Although there were a lot of negative moments, I think the experience of being homeless taught me a lot of resilience and matured me greatly,” Sanders said.
“I wouldn’t be the same person if it were not for that. Going through a hardship like that also made me a lot more confident when dealing with stressful situations.”
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