This edition of The Side Hustle Show is probably one of the most inspiring yet. I’m joined by Kimanzi Constable, who shares his story about the struggle of entrepreneurship and his dream of becoming a writer.
We talk about the specific steps he took to get out of debt and build an audience of buyers for his books. This is a powerful one because Kimanzi opens up about how seriously he needed to make some changes in his life.
And because of the compound effect of those changes, it added up to a real side hustle success story.
When we recorded this, he had just moved from Milwaukee to Maui where he runs his successful blog, speaking and coaching businesses, as well as works on his upcoming book projects.
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- How Kimanzi was an entrepreneur from age 19, but built himself into a business that made him miserable.
- Kimanzi’s wake up call that made him transition from existing to living.
- The hustle he had to invest in himself to produce his first book and website ($1200).
- How his first book sold 5 copies in 6 months (and 2 of those were his own orders).
- The specific actions he took to build his audience and subscriber base (and earned 6000 new subscribers in a day, without even having an opt-in bribe).
- How his first attempts at guest blogging were immediately rejected, and his unique strategy to get a “yes” from big sites.
- The life of a side-hustling author and blogger, and how you can do the same with some discipline and an hour a day.
- The other revenue streams that resulted from the books and the blog.
- Kimanzi’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.
- Tales of the Everyday Workingman (and Woman)
- Are you Living or Existing: 9 Steps to Change Your Life
- Amanda Hocking
- Jeff Goins
- Kimanzi on Michael Hyatt
- Dan Miller
- Jon Acuff
- 10x Empire (Brendan Burchard’s $10,000 per ticket event)
- Darren Hardy
- David Bach
- Darren Scott Monroe
What do you think of Kimanzi’s journey? Can his success be replicated? Would you have made the same kind of commitment he made to his dream?
18 thoughts on “56: From Miserable and $100,000 in Debt to Self-Employed Author, Speaker, and Coach”
Thanks SO much for having me on the show Nick!
You bet! Thanks for coming on and sharing your story!
This was a great episode, thanks Nick and Kimanzi! I’ve been listening since the Nick Reese cold showers episode, and every week I’m inspired to keep hustling. I especially love this week’s links.
Awesome, thanks Hannah! Your site looks great, btw!
Thanks! I hope you believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery because I admit that I copied your layout since I find your website easy to use.
Thanks Hannah! Please let me know anyway I can help :)
Oh my gosh this story hit me to my core…mainly because I am know I should be speaking. Kimanzi was so transparent, passionate and funny I really felt where he coming from. Thank you for sharing your obstacles, mistakes and outline a strategy that would work for today.
I’m glad you got value Denlyn! It was a rough journey but it’s totally worth yes! Yes the game has changed but there’s still opportunity!
Once again, I see Mr. Constable does not miss an opportunity to whine about me. With no proof to back up his claims, he has accused me of posting every negative comment he’s ever received anywhere and attempted to paint himself as an innocent victim unfairly attacked by a “hater.” Read my review of his book before you accept everything he’s said:
I absolutely loved this episode! I’m off to write a guest post for Michael Hyatt.
Nice! Pretty inspiring stuff, right?
Sure thing, Nick!
Thanks Rob. Before you do read this very helpful article on guest posting from Ramit Sethi: http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/write-a-guest-post-for-i-will-teach-you-to-be-rich/
Hey Kimanzi, I really appreciate your kindness in posting that link there. Really good information as well. And you said in your interview with Nick to always read several posts on the “target” blog, get a feel for their style, comment and write an email with a few options for post titles, etc. Awesome advice from both Ramit Sethi and yourself. I will surely follow it (when I have the time :)
Rob, since we talked I discovered an even bigger way to guest post: large news sites and magazines. I just had an article on the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kimanzi-constable/4-ways-to-live-a-happier-_b_5589073.html
Great story, love hearing people who are in dire need rely purely on their entrepreneurial talent
I’d love to share this podcast on DNN if I may. I checked out the share button, but no embedding ability? I want to inspire people to take the side hustle seriously and share this on DNN sometime if I may. Thank you.
Another great episode Nick. I have learned so much from listening to your podcast. Thank you Kimanzi for the detailed strategy you shared.
I don’t like guest posting. I am so possessive about my own material, but I have found out that one great way to connect with other people is by podcasting. I started a podcast this January 2018 and I am having a very positive experience.
If ever anyone of you two would like to be a guest on my podcast, I would love to have you.