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Homeless Man Who Slept Under A Bridge Now A Millionaire

Homeless Man Who Slept Under A Bridge Now A Millionaire

A 21-year-old man who used to sleep rough under a bridge has become a millionaire.

Harry Sanders, from Melbourne, Australia, was just 17 when he was made homeless but has now managed to get back on his feet and create a fortune.

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The young entrepreneur has defied the odds and is the CEO of his own business, Studiohawk, which is worth an incredible $1.5 million AUD (around £830,000).

But in a bid to help other people in a similar position to him, he has shared his top five secrets to success - which, surprisingly, includes getting as much sleep as possible and never wearing a suit.

He says: "I think the most important thing you can do is dress to be yourself. I never wear suits.

"If I am heading into a meeting or have a long day at the office, I wear whatever I like and what makes me feel comfortable.

Harry was forced to live on the streets at the age of 17. Credit: Caters News Agency
Harry was forced to live on the streets at the age of 17. Credit: Caters News Agency
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"I think that being 21 and wearing an expensive, custom tailored suit is a red flag for many and can give off the wrong impression.

"Many people also think that they need to be awake and working all night to be successful.

"But you can't deprive yourself of sleep for the sake of your business. I always sleep eight or more hours each night so I can be at the top of my game.

He added: "You can't run a business if your head is in a fog. Stop checking your email until 3am and rest so you can be your best."

During his year living on the streets, Harry flitted between living in shelters and kipping on the sofas of friends and family.

He says if money is your aim then you won't be a success. Credit: Caters News Agency
He says if money is your aim then you won't be a success. Credit: Caters News Agency

He says: "The first night of being homeless was the worst. I had no idea where to go or what to do.

"I spent my first few nights under a bridge, unsure of what to do and honestly feeling terrible asking anyone for help.

"It can be dangerous, as there are territories amongst the homeless. I had no idea bout that going in, so I got into a lot of trouble at the start.

"I always managed to find things to eat and would often visit soup kitchens."

But while it was obviously an incredibly difficult time in his life, he says it also taught him some valuable life lessons.

He says: "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.

The office where he started his business. Credit: Caters News Agency
The office where he started his business. Credit: Caters News Agency

"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," he says looking back.

"I owe my success to being homeless. Without it, I wouldn't have been as pushed or as pressured to succeed as I had been.

"The determination was fierce as I knew that if it didn't work, I wouldn't have any backup plans."

Three years on from getting off the streets, he now runs Studiohawk, a search engine optimisation firm which helps websites becoming more visible on the internet.

Last month, he expanded the company, opening an office in London and wants to share some of the things he's learnt.

So, what are Harry's top five tips to get to the top?

  • Dress to be yourself.
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep a night
  • Read as much as possible about a topic you are passionate about.
  • Be thrifty. Know exactly where you are spending money and cut back where you can.
  • Find your purpose. If you're just after money, you won't be successful


Featured Image Credit: Caters News Agency

Topics: World News, Interesting, Australia, Homeless

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]

 

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