Today I want to tell you about a remarkable group of people.
These are regular men and women—just like you and me—but they’ve all done something spectacular:
Each one of them went from being nearly dead broke to becoming a multi-millionaire—overnight.
How’d they do it?
Well, it turns out, they all have one surprising thing in common.
Let’s see if you can guess what it is before the end of today’s essay.
Filthy Criminal to Filthy Rich
David Choe was far from a model citizen.
At 36-years-old, he’d barely been able to hold down a job...
He’d served time in jail for check fraud and assault...
And he was struggling to make ends meet as an “artist”—a term I use loosely.
That’s because Choe wasn’t painting portraits or landscapes. He was a “street artist”—in other words, he did illegal graffiti.
But in 2012, everything changed:
He stumbled into a situation that took his net worth from zero to more than $200 million in a single day.
No, he didn’t hit the lottery, or cash in on a recently-deceased relative’s life insurance policy...
He did the same thing as another overnight millionaire, Eric Martin.
The Accidental Millionaire
Eric Martin was just a regular guy.
He worked in the technology department of a company that provided insurance to funeral homes.
He earned a decent wage, nothing to brag about.
But one day, as he was flipping through a copy of Business Week at his father’s house, he stumbled across an advertisement that changed his life.
This ad offered regular folks like Eric the ability to work a few hours a week—and potentially earn millions of dollars in return.
Most people assumed it was a scam and forgot about it.
But Eric decided to go for it. What did he have to lose? After all, he’d only be spending a few hours of his time, and he still had his day job.
But as it turned out, things worked out very well:
Eric went to bed one night with a few thousand dollars in his savings account…
And he woke up the next morning with a net worth of $20 million.
From Food Stamps to Billionaire
But that’s nothing compared to another overnight millionaire, Jan Koum.
Jan was born and raised in the Ukraine.
He immigrated to the U.S. when he was just a teenager, living off welfare and food stamps for years. In fact, as he explains it, he barely graduated high school.
But just like David Choe and Eric Martin, Jan stumbled into an opportunity that completely changed his life.
However, unlike David and Eric, Jan didn’t wake up one morning and find out that he was a millionaire…
Instead, he awoke to find out he was a billionaire. More specifically, a multi¬-billionaire.
Today, Jan’s net worth is estimated at $7 billion.
What They Had in Common
Aside from the fact that all of these men were once dead broke, they also have one other thing in common.
And this one thing is the secret to their success.
And in next Wednesday’s essay, Matt will reveal this powerful secret.
So stay tuned!