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A former bartender who grew up in poverty and was even homeless as a child has revealed how he went on to become a millionaire in just two years.
Branden Condy, a 25-year-old entrepreneur and Instagram influencer, didn't have an easy start to life and was even made homeless as a youngster after his family fell on hard times when his mum unexpectedly got laid off.
Branden said: "I was often left home alone while my mom worked long hours to pay the bills and keep food on the table.
"She tried so hard and loved us so much, but things were really difficult back then.
"When my mother lost her job, we were asked to leave the house with a 12-hour notice and had to sleep outside.
"We had to use public bathrooms daily and eventually start jumping between different friends' homes.
"At that time I was scared and lost; this is where my drive comes from because I never want to have anyone in my life be in that position ever again."
Even at a young age, Branden was determined to protect his family from going through the same struggles again, and got his first job - as a dishwasher - at 16.
By 21, he'd worked his way up and was cleaning yachts for the rich and famous, but being around these lavish lifestyles made him keen to create the same for himself. So, he set up an Instagram marketing company called Branden Condy LLC - that works by boosting Instagram followers through celebrity giveaways.
Six years on, Branden is a millionaire and the proud owner of a Lamborghini, while also treating himself to regular luxury holidays.
He said: "When I was younger, I saved up all the money I earned and began to work on growing my Instagram following.
"I read a book that told me to get exposure and attention, and so I thought that focusing on social media would do just that.
"But I also followed different entrepreneurs who had the lifestyle I wanted and reached out to them to find out how to get there myself.
"That's how I met my new business partners."
But despite being such a huge success, Branden says he'll never forget when he came from.
He said: "A lot of people just seem out for cash and recognition. If they fail, they have family and friends who'd bail them out in a heartbeat.
"My rise comes from a somewhat different place and though I almost hate to admit it, a lot of it is fear that my future will look a whole lot like my past."
He's also in the process of buying his mum a new house.
Offering advice for anyone who wants to follow in his footsteps, Branden's top tip is to network as he believes good contacts are key to helping you go far.
He added: "Fully believe in yourself and always take that risk because trust me I have lived it and it is worth it. Bet on yourself!"
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