The 10 People Who Led Me to Success

Although I am young, what you may not know about me is that I have been an entrepreneur for ten years. Looking back, I see that I’ve learned a lot, and, as you already know, I’ve tried to share some of my experiences on this blog.

But what I never talk about are the people who got me to where I am today. Without them, I would not have the entrepreneurial spirit that I have or be nearly as successful as I am today.

These people are the reason I am successful today:

Mom and Dad

mom and dad

You’re thinking I am mentioning my mom and dad because they brought me into this world, right? Partially, yes. Even though that’s the reason I am here physically, they actually did one thing when I was a kid that taught me a lot about business.

Whether I was in elementary school, junior high, or high school, I was never allowed to watch cartoons in the morning. We only had one TV in the house, which my parents constantly tuned to Bloomberg or CNBC.

It’s amazing how much information you can retain over the period of ten years, watching just those two channels. It worked surprisingly well for me. If my experience is any indication of what an ordinary child can retain from watching those channels, I suggest you have your kids tune in too!

Uncle GM

uncle GM

In my childhood, my business acumen was molded by my Uncle GM. He still inspires me.

He has invested in real estate, gas stations, laminating companies, retirement homes and a ton of other businesses. I don’t know anyone else who has tried building up more brick and mortar businesses than he did.

I didn’t idolize my uncle because he was rich. I idolized him because he always found unique ways to make things work when his businesses weren’t producing.

The main thing I learned from him is that you have to think outside the box. As a kid, I received encouragement from him to look for creative solutions. He would challenged me with critical thinking questions like:

Four men want to cross a bridge. However, the bridge is weak and they can only cross it two at a time. There is an additional complication: It is nighttime and they cannot cross the bridge in the darkness. Fortunately, they have a single flashlight with them. Clearly, only two men at a time can cross the bridge so one of them will have to return with the flashlight to take the other across and so on. The first man can cross the bridge in 1 minute, the second one in 2 minutes, the third one in 5 minutes and the fourth one in 10 minutes. When two people travel together they can only go as fast as the slowest person. For example, if the person traveling at 1 minute travels with the person traveling at 10 minutes then they will get across in 10 minutes.

What is the shortest time that all of them can get across?

Answer: 17 minutes

Andy Liu

andy liu

One way to increase your odds of success is to learn from other entrepreneurs’ mistakes. Being around Andy has provided me with a blueprint for success.

Andy Liu has been my mentor for over six years, and I can definitely count on him for anything. From business advice to saving money on taxes to having him negotiate a good deal on my condo, he has guided me throughout my life.

The best part about Andy is that he is a straight shooter who just tells it how it is.

Because of him, I am where I am today. When my business partner and I couldn’t find any investors, he stepped up to the plate and offered me $500,000.00 without even fully grasping our business. He just believed in me, and I believe in him.

Amee Shah

amee shah

You probably didn’t know this, but I have a sister. And if you know my sister, the first thing you know is that she is a “stay at home mother.” Although she works from home, she serves as the backbone for each of my businesses.

She controls finances, manages companies, deals with tech support, and even works with accounts…along with lawyers.

If I didn’t have her, I would have to pay someone over $200,000 a year to fill her shoes. She puts in tireless hours and, most importantly, ensures money isn’t wasted.

She has always made sacrifices to ensure my well-being. She was pre-med in college yet switched gears to learn accounting so she could help me and my business partner grow our business.

Hiten Shah

hiten shah

Although my business partner is a techie these days, he actually taught me much of what I know about business. There was even a point in time when I was the techie and he was the businessman. Imagine that!

Over the years, our roles have flipped, and I am proud to say I received my MBA from the School of Hiten Shah.

We have been working together for ten years, and we can practically read each other’s minds. Hiten deals primarily with managing team members, dealing with investors, and creating awesome products that people want to pay for.

Because of that, I am able to focus on sales and marketing, which are the two things I enjoy doing.

Aleisha Faggiolli


I work so much that I don’t have time to keep up with everything in my life. I haven’t taken a vacation in ten years, and I actually work on Christmas, Thanksgiving, AND New Years.

When you work this many hours a week, you need someone to help organize your life so you can be more productive.

That’s why I hired a nanny. And no, I don’t have kids. Although I call her my nanny (she used to be a full-time nanny before she started working for me), she is technically more of a talented team member than a nanny. For example, she helps run a conference business that I co-own, and she has been able to lock in $50,000.00 worth of contracts in two days for one of my companies. That’s not too shabby!

She is a valuable asset, and for that I am grateful. If you are a busy entrepreneur, I highly recommend you hire a nanny. And don’t just hire any nanny. Hire a smart one like Aleisha who can help you do things like financial forecasting and valuating business deals.

Geoff Entress

geoff entress

When I first came to Seattle, the first person Andy introduced me to was Geoff Entress. He may not be the biggest name in the tech space, but he is the smartest investor I know.

He taught me everything I know about venture capital and hedge funds. He has even brought me in on a lot of his angel investments.

Through his connections, I have been able to do things like raise a small angel fund for investment opportunities.

AJ Kumar


Being an entrepreneur is like riding a roller-coaster. Some moments are fun and exciting, while others are scary. Even though you think you know what’s going to happen when you turn the corner, you really don’t.

The one person that has always helped me get into the right mindset so I think positively and maintain focus is AJ Kumar.

At first, I thought he was full of crap, but over the years I began realizing that having the right mindset can have a huge impact on your business. If you aren’t positive and pushing forward as fast as you can, how can you expect your team members to do the same?

The Guys

the guys

I work so much that I don’t have much time to vacation or take part in an extended holiday. Yeah, I party a lot, but most of the time, I party with other business guys and hash out deals at nightclubs. So, even my partying is still about closing deals.

The three guys above – Mike, Jason and Ricky – have taught me how to have fun in life. And when you’re having fun in life, it relieves a lot of stress that you may endure from working those long hours.

If you are an entrepreneur, you have to play as hard as you work, or else you’ll just get burned out.



Although I saved this for last, you are actually the reason I am here today. I have been blogging and speaking at conferences for five years, and you have always supported me.

From signing up for services offered by my company to paying for meals when I didn’t have much cash, you have supported me. Although I am trying to repay you by helping everyone that emails me or asks me for help, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to repay the favor.

See, as much as you are learning from me on Quick Sprout, I am actually learning more from you. The comments and interactions always teach me something new.

So, thank you for supporting me and continually helping me accomplish both my business and personal goals.

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  1. Alejandro Reyes :

    Great post Neil. I think it’s important and great to give thanks to those that have helped us with life & in business.

    Really cool to see the folks that have shaped you to become the person you are.

    • Thanks. I think giving thanks where it is due is essential to maintaining long term success, and providing yourself with a peace of mind that is real.

  2. Michael Dorausch :

    That is a great post Neil. Very cool to see a humbling side of you.

    • Thanks. Hopefully this post will allow people to realize it’s essential to give recognition where it is due.

  3. Ayush Neupane :

    Shouldn’t the answer to the puzzle of the four men crossing the bridge in the shortest time be 19 minutes and not 17? I think you might have missed out on the 2 mins that the fastest person would take in walking back to the other side.

    • It is actually 17.

      1 and 2 minute guy walk across first.
      1 minute guy walks back. (hands the light to the 10 min guy)
      10 minute and 5 minute guy walk across. (hands the light to the 2 minute guy)
      2 minute guy walks back.
      2 minute and 1 minute guy walks back.

  4. Great post Neil. Your transparency, truthfulness and willingness to share your experiences are just a few of the reasons of what makes you who and where you are today.

    I’m honored to have met and worked with Hiten and yourself many years ago in the beginning stages of your success at our ol’ RefreshSD meetups.

    Looking forward to seeing you guys at a future conference too.

    • Thanks so much! I am honored to have worked with you as well, those were the days. Hopefully we can see each other soon.

  5. Pretty good one Bud. Thanks for sharing!

  6. i love the pics man

  7. Manish Singh @ :

    Frigging Awesome. Loved the way how you have acknowledged the ones which have some or the otherway provided help on your successful career.

    Way to go Neil! 🙂

    • Thanks. Hopefully this encourages others to do the same. No one has gotten where they are without the people who have shaped them.

  8. Phil McDonnell :

    This is fabulous! It is always nice to see who has helped you along the way. I have been following your blog here for quite sometime and this post really clinched it for me…

    I am thankful to know you, happy to have you as a virtual friend and hopefully I can become successful as you have done…

    It is a hard battle to get where you want to be, but it is always great to have people that believe in you and help you along the way… This is the main piece of the puzzle I think I am missing, I do have family that will do anything for me but I lack the other pieces… It is time to start networking and putting my puzzle together.

    Thank you Neil for putting all the pieces out there for all of us to see…

    • I am thankful to have people who read and share my story with others. Go out there and tell your story, I guarantee people will be interested. Good luck!

  9. Quick Sprout and Copyblogger are the two sites that I read every word they publish. Not many people as successful as you are willing to spend the time to blog, Neil. I know we all appreciate it.

    • Thanks, I really appreciate that people take the time to read my stories. I think it is essential to give back to your community.

  10. Hi Neil,

    I like that you give thanks to those who have helped you become the person you are, and also to those who work in the background making you shine as a successful entrepreneur.

    Now, where can I get a nanny?


    • It is definitely essential to give thanks where it is due. As for the nanny, you’ll just have to go out and find one ;). Hopefully she will be as good as mine!

  11. If you have so many people to support you it felt so awesome, and Neil when you started you got the same support from your family which is right now?

    and Thanks for point 10

  12. Zero Passive Income :

    Hands down, this is one of your best posts yet!

  13. Nima Heydarian :

    Its nice of you to write the post and appreciate their input into your success.

    Very humbling. Good job

  14. Khensa Karim-Bangert :

    Very nice and the best part is your mom & dad are on the top of the list. For that alone, you will always be successful!


  15. Excellent Neil

    You sure have the right people behind you and working to make your success a reality. I take my hat off to you Neil. Unfortunately here in Hamilton New Zealand I dont have near enough the business minded talented people you have working in your business arena.
    I only have one mentor at this moment and definately interested in adopting you as my ghost writer mentor indirectly mainly because I am learning so much from your posts.
    No. Neil, I am not going to ask you to write for me.

    I need the link juice and very much interested in making comments because your topics are appealing.

    The type of people that are close to me are spiritual giants.

    I have spiritual friends who keep me on the straight and now path of life. Having spiritual insights determines how to interact with common sense and to build lasting relationships.

    I’m sure your parents will continue to keep your life in order.

    All the best to your success

    • Those are all great points. You may want to consider building a community in NZ. Maybe you can be the guy people go to when they need a mentor. It always starts with one. Good luck!

      • Hi Neil.

        A spiritual mentor, I’m already there. But a successful blogger like yourself Neil is where I want to be which I believe may take sometime. But with my proper mindset and learning the knowledge from your posts may get me there faster.

        By learning from the best in the field, then I will build this community following you have mentioned.

        I’m watching your posts every step of the way Neil. Keep supplying the information. Who knows we may meet up somewhere else in the IM world.

        Thanks for your reply

  16. Very insightful post, Neil. Thanks for opening up to us and sharing this information. One of the reasons why I’ve always liked your blog is -other than gaining valuable knowledge on entrepreneurship- you are very transparent in your writing and photos.

    • I’ve always felt candor is important for ones peace of mind. Additionally, it allows you to help others achieve their goals.

  17. yea Neil…thanks to the nanny. I also need a nanny like that to take care of me, hehe.

    Great post!

  18. This is so nice way to say THANKS to all of them:)
    It says so much about you; really you are great person and you can be proud of yourself. And I will say this again:
    If in this world were more people like you, this world will be much better:)
    Neil, thank you for sharing and showing to other your great personality!
    P.S. family ,friends and respect:)

    • I really appreciate you taking the time to read my posts. I am blessed to have a great core network of followers, family, and friends. In the end that’s what matters most.

  19. Great post Neil, normally people forget about the past and who help them, it good to see a post like this

  20. That’s one pretty nanny you got there Neil.

  21. Neil as we can see in the post, family, friends, professional relationships are concerns for you ; but what about love ?

  22. Armando Boni :

    I love the last one, YOU. Yes, no any blogger can be successful without their readers. Great ideas Neil. also loved the question about the bridge 🙂

  23. Perfect ingredients for success in life

    • Right upbringing (Mom and Dad)
    • Role model (Uncle GM)
    • Mentor (Andy Liu)
    • Loyal, committed and carrying help (Amee Shah)
    • Not to be distracted and exhausted in daily chores , just save energy for your business (Aleisha Faggiolli)
    • Right Financial education and insight for right investment (Geoff Entress)
    • Perfect mind set (AJ Kumar)
    • Don’t forget to have fun in life (The Guys)
    • Last but not least, nobody can succeed without your help, support, encouragement, inspiration and motivation(You)


  24. Great ,There were lot of guys to teach you

  25. did you post an opening for nanny or is she just a good friend of yours? just curious how to get one haha!

  26. Frank Cialone :

    Nice post Neil. Having worked with Amee and Hiten, I know how talented they are and you’re lucky to have them around! (And vice versa, of course.) I’m only slightly hurt that, in talking about Amee, you made it sound like “dealing with lawyers” was somehow less than wonderful. 😉

    • Haha, the use of ellipses was no slight to lawyers. Without them I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today. I actually love all my lawyers… including you. As I am able to do what I do because you always have my back. 🙂

  27. College textbooks :

    Wow its nice to see a little more incite into your life. The people who have help mold and allow you to be where you are. I agree with your friend in regards to being positive it has helped in more ways than one to have the right mindset. I have always been somewhat in awe of you and you can probably figure me out through out the years buy how I write. But it has been just as nice to be able to interact and learn from you and hear what you have to say. I have heard stories of how much fun you can be and how good you are at finding abandoned floors for parties. So thanks to you too!

  28. Robin George :

    Hey Neil! I’ve been following your posts since a long time, but this one was really different one from all of the your other posts and it’s really worth reading. Though I don’t know all these people you’ve mentioned but I can surely say that I’ve completely understood what you want to convey here. 🙂

    • You know the last person though 😉 . Without my readers I wouldn’t be quite as successful as I am today. Thanks again!

      • Neil, you are an example for business owners but also an example for bloggers. There is no point in creating a community if you don’t show your followers your appreciation because they will eventually leave you. The one thing that makes you different than other bloggers is the fact that you care about your readers and you don’t forget to show them your appreciation.

  29. Awesome post Neil. Very few acknowledge the people who got you there. All say its my hard work. Your different, I like.

  30. Mahesh Patel :

    Great Blog Neil.. I am connected to you on Facebook, I am in Anaheim Hills. What a small world. I know Gm and Kamleshbhai….

    Always great to read your blogs.

  31. Jane | Find All Answers :

    Hi Neil,

    A very good way to express gratitude to people who have been backbone to your success. You have featured them quite well and they are all lucky too!

    I love your sister and nanny 🙂 Seems they have taken a lot of burden on their shoulders for you.


    • They definitely have. I am forever indebted to them for their invaluable help and care. Thanks for reading.

  32. Ottawa Web Design :

    These are Great People indeed who has made you sucess. So, cheers to them.

  33. I need to find my self a Nanny like you, a smoken hot one lol .

    Thanks for sharing.. its like we’re bonding.

    • You have to make sure she is extremely intelligent like mine as well. Thanks for reading 🙂 we are definitely bonding..

      • How did you found your nanny? I mean she is so cute and also intelligent. Can you lead me to the same direction? Maybe I will have the same luck as you did 😀

  34. Anand Rathore :

    good people are real assets. once you prove yourself useful they will invest in you and some time they teach you a lot directly or indirectly. you are blessed one Neil. you have wonderful people around. best of luck

    • Thanks for the kind words. I am definitely grateful for the people who have molded me into the person I am today. Thanks for reading 🙂

    • Without good people surrounding us and guiding we would be nowhere. The thing is that a human can’t really succeed all by himself. We need advices and support from other persons in order to build our confidence and to know that your decisions are good.

  35. good to know about your closed ones. and thanks for mentioning us – the readers in this list.

  36. Thanks for the post, Niel. It provided a ton of perspective and helped me realize how important people are to the equation of success, especially in tech. I look forward to going through the articles you linked to in this post and gaining even more insight!

  37. Madhav Tripathi :

    Very Nice post! I always have interest in personal information about others specially if the person is not my neighbor. It is good or bad I do not have any information about my neighbors.

    • Definitely. Reading others stories has always been something I enjoy. That’s why I love blogging and reading blogs.

  38. Neil thanks for sharing!

    After reading Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers: The Story of Success” I have learned that every successful person owes a debt of gratitude to someone. As much as some may think (and boast), there is no self-made person, we all need help to be successful.

    It is very clear that you have benefitted from hard work and being smart enough to listen and accept advice when needed.

    Continued success to you!


  39. Way to go Neil! If I had a list, you’d be on it!

  40. Neil~

    Your Nanny is Hot!

  41. Sample letters :

    These are really awesome pictures,i like old age couples how sweet….Really cool to see the folks that have shaped you to become the person you are.Thanks for sharing Dude.

  42. Cloud Blogging Reviews :

    Amazing. When I first read the healine I thought it was only for mom and dad. It’s glad and refreshing to hear there are so many people to take care of you!

    • There are so many people to care of each and every one of us, we just have to find them :). Thanks for reading.

  43. Favourite Hobbies :

    Its great to hear your success stories Neil

  44. Again, nice article!

    You’ve surrounded yourself with such a nice support network.
    Good luck Neil.


  45. Rochelle Haynes :

    Greetings Neil –

    I’ve been following your blog for a few months now but this is the best one by far! As a parent (2nd time around – 3 adult sons and a 12 year old), I’m trying to balance working full time, growning my business with my sister-in-law and taking care of family. Your parents are what my mom was like, only one tv in the house and on very small occassions were we ever allowed to watch cartoons. May God continue to Bless and keep you and I wish you the best of luck! Our company is officially launching on June 4th and I’m scared to death in a good way! I will keep you posted on our event!

    • Glad I wasn’t the only one whose TV viewing was restricted. It’s nice to know someone else shared the same experiences as you, which is why I blog. Good luck with your company, let me know when you launch!

  46. A very inspiring post Neil. We have to remember the persons that help us succeed in life and we also have to thank them for being there for us. I know a lot of people that got up being helped by others but after they were up they ignored the persons that helped them. It’s a real shame!

    • I agree, I felt I needed to give recognition where it was due. I hope this encourages others to do the same once they achieve a number of their goals.

  47. Neil , your nanny is hot!! how do you maintain a professional relationship with her when she basically lives with you all the time?! that takes some serious control man!
    Its so easy to mistake her for your girlfriend..

    • I’ve been maintaining business/professional relationships for years, it’s a habit. Also, I have many friends who are girls and that are objectively speaking–attractive. My nanny is a valuable resource in terms of helping me with my day to day duties/chores/business.

  48. I’m a big believer in being transparent and that’s why I love this post. Obviously, many of us had no idea about the people in your life and how they inspire you. Being transparent like this is a great way to connect with your audience on a deeper level.

    So, thanks for letting us in.

    • Thanks for reading my posts, and providing great comments. Like I said without YOU I wouldn’t be able to share my stories. Thanks for letting me in as well 🙂

  49. Thanks for adding me to this list 🙂

    I love your posts. it is difficult to get all these strong pillars for everyone, who support you in your difficult times. Now I understood the reason of your success 🙂

  50. Free Wordpress Themes :

    Support from family members and friends is very important.
    You are a happy man.

  51. Very classy dude.

    Continued success to you!

  52. Favourite Hobbies :

    Its great to hear your successful story Neil thanks for sharing with us!

  53. College textbooks :

    I was thinking about this post over the weekend, and I think I need to forward this to a few people. I know 3 who need nannies, and not to take care of the kids like you said take care of them. I know too many peop[le who are working 2 jobs (because they want to) but don’t take the time to eat much less shop.

    • Thanks for sharing the post with others, much appreciated. Hopefully, they can get in touch with a nanny that is resourceful and hard working like mine 🙂

  54. Neil great post.This is the great way to thanks all those persons behind your success.Thanks for sharing.

  55. Neil! ur Nanny’s hot! lol

  56. Family support in what you are doing is def a big factor I believe. Nice to see you thank all the people that have helped you on this blog.

  57. It’s always nice to read something about someone, famous or otherwise, to actually be taking the time to acknowledge and thank the people in their lives. Your humility is such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing, Neil. Keep it up!

    • Thanks for the kind words. I am glad I have people who are involved in reading my story, and who contribute to my blog. For that I am forever grateful.

  58. Daniel Sumner :

    Awesome stuff Neil. I always say you need guys around you to help you grow. If we never had the influences we had today where would be tomorrow.

    Dan Sumner

  59. Corey Kuether :

    I would just like to say that as a young entrepreneur, I have been working reading your blogs religiously for the last month, and that you have been a real inspiration to me in helping me find my way to a successful future. I would really like to thank you for all the advice you’ve given.

    • I am glad I could be of service to you. Thanks for taking the time to read my posts. Good luck with your business endeavors.

  60. Great post Niel! I totally agree with Alejandro… It is really important to give thanks to the people you helps you and appreciate the things they are doing… I love the idea you made… Thanks for sharing your post I enjoyed reading it…

    • Thanks for reading my posts. I really appreciate everyone who contributes to my blog…be it comments or reading the content. 🙂

  61. Damn Neil, this is a nice post! You have given me some good ideas to write about on my blog.

    Keep up the good work!

  62. Jay Monteclaro :

    Great stuff! I applaud the honesty in this post and I am definitely sharing this with my colleagues. You’re a force to be reckoned with.

    Thanks for sharing!

  63. Amar Trivedi :

    Hi Neil,

    This is the first time I’ve heard of you, first time I’ve read your blog and first time I’m writing to you…

    If there’s just one single reason why I’m a fan of yours for life (really!)… it’s this one blog post.

    OK Actually there’s one more reason. Your nanny, Aleisha 🙂

    Cheers Neil… anyone who’s open, honest, humble and nice enough to thank those who brought them success is my friend.

    Here’s to your success, happiness & endearing humility. That is indeed a very touching (and inspiring) blog post. Thank You.

    Best Wishes from Auckland, NZ,
    Amar Trivedi

    • Thank you for your candor. I definitely feel being open and transparent is necessary for business this day and age. My nanny is a valuable resource and she is extremely intelligent.

  64. jasmine blogging tips :

    i think, you got a full family support and wishing you for the future also.

  65. You are very lucky to have these peoples in your life for success,the main thing is your involvement and hardwork..keep on going,all the best……….:)

  66. Mr. Rechnung Bezahlen :

    Its always good to say thank you! Inspiring read, i should say thank you too sometimes more often i guess.

    btw. you got a real hot nanny 😉

    • It’s definitely important to say thanks to those who have helped us along the way. My nanny is awesome, and extremely resourceful 🙂

  67. kira permunian :

    Wow, this is so great! This is one of the greatest post I’ve ever read this year really. I couldn’t help myself so I want to be part of this great post, just to take chances for my name to be read by a great man like you. Warmest congratulations to you. You are truly an inspiration.

  68. Saying Thanks Bless your soul it doesn’t matter what you get as response from others. life always welcomes you back

  69. Yogesh Patel :

    The section on Hiten Shah is very interesting. I have added him on GMail.

    Lovely work Neil, inspire me to write one on my blog.

  70. lovely and lovely family.

  71. Jay Tillery :

    I’ve learned ALOT working with both Neil Patel and AJ Kumar. Two of the greatest people I know and we’ve never met face to face. Thanks a bunch guys. I appreciate all that you’ve done for me in the past and in the future.

    • Thanks for the kind words Jay. Really appreciate the shout-out. Always a pleasure working with you!

  72. Web Application Development :

    Great post as you have included your family. This gives me an inspiration to add family members in your blogs. Thanks.

  73. Hey Neil,

    thanks for this one! I really like how you honour your parents. Thats gives good karma and tons of energy…

    best, Johannes

    • Neil Patel :

      Thanks for the kind words. I think our parents are the most important influences in our lives…for better or worse. I am blessed that my parents have been a great influence on me 🙂

  74. Vita Tänder :

    When we are grateful and choose to keep good company, days will be easier and far less stressful!Keep it up! 🙂 Thank you, too!

  75. Nice post family always has a great influence. keep up the good work wish you more luck with your success .

    • Neil Patel :

      Definitely. Family always comes first, they are my biggest inspiration. Thanks for reading!

  76. No one can succed alone and especially without the support of his own familly and friends, not only because they can support you with advises or money but most importantly by encourage you and give you the emotional support that every man needs.

    PS: I would certainly like to have a nanny like that 🙂

    • If we don’t have the necessary support and we can’t rely on other persons when me try to make some decisions we are going to fail eventually. Family and friends are very important, especially when you pas through difficult moments in life.

      PS: I saw the nanny first 😛

    • Great points. I def agree with all of that. Yeah, she does an awesome job!

  77. Shilpi Singha Roy :

    Hey Neil,

    Very inspiring list and congrats for achieving so much at this young age and i will too try with the TV Channels.

  78. Very inspiring post Neil! Those peoples inspired you and you’re inspiring me. Thank you!

  79. I agree with you, support from other people helps you so much more to success. Simular to you I have my parents to thank for a lot. Best of Luck with future posts. I will certainly be reading them. =)

    • Thanks for the kind words. I agree, having a strong family base really provides a strong foundation of support.

  80. It’s really great to see someone giving due credit to the people that matter the most.

  81. Thanks for sharing such a great post. I guess you are the only one on the net to share your personal success stories! 🙂

    • I’m not the only one, but they are definitely few and far between. I think it’s a personal obligation for anyone who succeeds to recognize the people who got them there.

    • There are lots of people that share their stories, but the thing is that some are true and some are not. The Internet is full of people that give advices and they how they managed to get where they are but many of them are just people that never experience what they are talking about.

  82. I think, every blogger should follow, Neil and should post similar ‘thanks you’ letters on his/her personal blog.

    After reading this post, I unleashed ‘thanks you’ messages to all my near and dear ones…which were previously confined within hearts.

    And I am here, to tell “Thank You” – to you, Mr. Neil.

    • Thanks for the kind words. I am thankful to have fellow bloggers like you who I can share my story with 🙂

  83. It seems that you live a complicated life, although you’re making money online, which sounds to be very easy for everyone, you don’t take any vacations, you work on christmas and other holidays, something must be wrong with you, that you work so hard, a nanny is not all you need, you need to hire people to take care of your business, someone that you can trust, not outsource of course, this is my honest opinion, no offense intended or anything like it 😮

    • None taken. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I work extremely hard because I love what I do. I don’t consider “work” work because I truly enjoy it. I call her a nanny but in reality she is an administrative assistant who handles my day to day tasks and understands high finance. Thanks for taking the time to read my post 🙂

  84. I thought you have a wife and kids based on your facebook status.

    The nanny you hired is definitely not just any kind nanny. With the qualification she has, she must be a very expensive nanny. Not to mention, she looks beautiful and hot!

    Unless you are an item, she would cost an arm and a leg…and some more! And honestly, it would be hard not to fall for her. Seriously!

    • She is a great resource. I treat her like a friend an employee so no I would never cross that line.

  85. Michael Donia :

    Very inspiring. The people you surround yourself with makes up who you are. Never forget about the people who got you to where you are today. Funny thing is that I remember a few years ago I tried to contact Andy Liu because I wanted advice because he lived in my hometown Seattle and was very a successful entrepreneur. What I didn’t know was that he was such a big deal and almost like a celebrity around here in the start up world. It’s crazy how it’s really a small world.


    • Definitely. We are all down to earth though. Unfortunately, because of our work load we are often times swamped with meetings etc.

  86. Very inspiring post Neil! making money online, which sounds to be very easy for everyone, but its not easy when there is 14 Billion web siites out there

    • Definitely true. However, that gives you an opportunity to work with 13,999,999,999 other sites 🙂

  87. Nanny Finder :D :

    Wow. I read through comments and LOTS of people asking about the smart, intelligent nanny you’ve got.

    I have this same question too. ‘Pervert thing’ apart, I can really see the benefits of having some intelligent, good looking girl to professionally take care of you who can work as a friend, caring person and business well wisher.

    On behalf of rest of the users, can I ask you to consider writing a detailed guide post on How to find a nanny like that, how to maintain professional relations, tips etc. etc.?

    I already see that post becoming a lot popular – and useful too.


    • I’ll definitely consider writing a post on how to hire knowledgeable, well rounded employees. Thanks for the advice!

  88. Its great to hear your successive stories Neil

  89. Hey Neil,

    I’ve been reading your blog for years and this is my first comment (but won’t be my only one!). I want to thank you for the advice you give concerning SEO and the business principles you use.

    I’m an engineer at trade holding a graduate degree, but my next goal is to lift my parent’s dwindling business using some of the strategies you’ve outline in your blog. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my life where I can use some of my own skills and the stuff I’ve learned from you to steer the ship to a better place. Thanks for the wisdom and the inspiration.

    • Sundip,
      Nice to meet you. That sounds awesome, it’s definitely a growing field. Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.

  90. Your father is the main motivator to you man ,you are lucky Father is the main Demotivator for me ,They always ask me to do 9 to 6 job ,but I don’t love this Entrepreneurship…So,I left Home

    • Ultimately you have to do what is best for you. The goal is to keep your parents happy, I hope they understand that they should be happy if you are happy 🙂

  91. Its really great of having some back end support

  92. Naser @ Best Tips For Blogging :

    It was good reading your biography, by adding this post, you gave gratitude to your parents and supporters, I wish you best of luck.

  93. Marine Chandlery :

    For me it was my Dad and my Grandad. They both died when I was very young so I didn’t really get to know them. However, they both built up incredibly successful businesses. The one gift I took from that was the knowledge that I could do the same, if your willing to take a chance and put the work in anyone can do it.

    • That knowledge is essential. With enough determination, hard work, luck, and circumstance you can succeed in any endeavor.

  94. i think u are very lucky person who get such a supportive and helpful people around you.

  95. Well I do agree with you. Family can influence an young kids mind both +vely and -vely. I too have received a lot from my family in terms of values and that has kept me focused when compared to my friends. I would like to ask a question regarding:
    Four men want to cross a bridge. However, the bridge is weak and they can only cross it two at a time. There is an additional complication: It is nighttime and they cannot cross the bridge in the darkness. Fortunately they have a single flashlight with them. Clearly, only two men at a time can cross the bridge so one of them will have to return with the flashlight to take the other across and so on. The first man can cross the bridge in 1 minute, the second one in 2 minutes, the third one in 5 minutes and the fourth one in 10 minutes. When two people travel together they can only go as fast as the slowest person. For example, if the person traveling at 1 minute travels with the person traveling at 10 minutes then they will get across in 10 minutes.

    What is the shortest time that all of them can get across?

    Answer: 17 minutes

    I think the answer is 15 minutes. As 1st and 4th go together and 2nd and 3rd go together making it 10+5=15
    Pls correct me if I am wrong.

  96. Please ignore the question which I asked above. I got the answer figured out. You were right answer is 17.

  97. This was very touching! As you have talked about all the people that have helped and inspired you in your life. As they say it, gratitude is the best attitude! And, you possess loads of it. I shall start doing the same thing.

  98. Laura D'Amico :

    This post is a great reminder that we can learn so much from the people in our lives, not just from what we study in school or who we encounter in the workplace. Some of life’s biggest lessons are learned at home or while hanging out with friends.

    • I have learned most everything I know from my friends, family, and experience. So yes, it is very important to recognize the people in our lives who have molded us to be who we are.

  99. Great points. I like the last point, the most important point, the customer!

  100. It’s always great to acknowledge those who has helped us. Once you become established, most people tend to forget those who helped them along the way.

    It’s really nice that you shared it here.

    My parents has helped me a lot. They were a true source of inspiration. While my peers parents encouraged only studies, my parents encourage me to pursue my dreams of online business as well.

    if it wasn’t for their support, I wouldn’t have been able to reach this far

    • Definitely, it’s great to have a support network. Most people take their family and friends for granted, it’s a shame.

  101. Witty Artist :

    Very thoughtful of you, Neil. Great post! 🙂 Many people climb up the social ladder and forget where they started from. Or worse, they take the merits all to themselves. As if we could do anything on this world isolated and without any kind of help.

    • I have always believed that giving back is essential to your state of mind, prolonged success, and your character in general.

      • Naser @ Best Tips For Blogging :

        Iam sure, Neil’s parents are very happy that they are blessed with a good son.

  102. Hey Neil, I’ve been reading a lot of your articles and I’m really amazed. You sure are hell of a guy. I’m from México and I find very important to respect people and to always give back, sadly my country does not work in that way, but HEY, people like you make me see that small things are good to begin.
    Thank you and keep doing this stuff!

    • Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully the situation in Mexico picks up. I think it is important to give back to those who have made us who we are.

  103. Kevin Kimes :

    After reading your uncle’s brain-teaser, I couldn’t help but mention a critical thinking challenge which I heard a few years back. It’s a bit more difficult.

    There is a room with three lights in it, they are lights with ordinary incandescent bulbs. Outside the room are three switches, each controlling one light inside the room. From the location of the switches, it is impossible to see any of the lights, or the light they emit. The lights can only be seen from within the room.

    Determine a method to find which switch controls which light, with these conditions: You may manipulate the switches in any way for as long as you wish. Once you enter the room, you may not go back to the switches. You may not use additional people or equipment.

    I was given the answer before having enough time to solve it myself, unfortunately. So I will never know if I could have figured it out. However, knowing the answer allows me to brainstorm new methods of problem analysis.

    • I have encountered this one before. I know the answer 🙂 I don’t want to ruin it for the other readers though. Hint: feel the light-bulb for the heat it emits once you get to the room. This is a good one!

  104. Great to see you are a caring person and write about those who supported you. Actually you are lucky as you got these kind hearted and helpful personalities in your life.

  105. Free Flyer Templates :

    Really unique article and i am happy to know that they all peoples are successful in life,and also appreciated point he has invested in real estate,well i would like to say thanks for the sharing.

  106. Great post Neil.
    It seems like in order to be successful one need to have mentor and be surrounded with successful entrepreneurs. Working hard and believe in self are also part of the equation.

  107. Best Treadmills For Home :

    Parents are definitely the number one on anyone’s list. Because without them we won’t be here. And you are lucky to have an uncle who gave you guidance.

  108. Great post Neil. It’s lovely to see that you are giving credits to them. What a beautiful nanny!

  109. From the above article i had come to know you never forget the past and the people who help you.

  110. Favourite Hobbies :

    There must be some back end of support we should have so that we can come up in our life

  111. Zohan @ ScreamingTips :

    This is a great way to thanking those people. In every person’s life the first motivational and inspirational people will be his parents, after that only there is the place for others. Great man, Now your parents will be proud of you 🙂

    • I sure hope they are proud of me. Well at least as proud of me as I am of them, they are amazing people.

  112. durgasprasad :

    You are one of the luckiest fellows to lead life like this, an interesting time table…best wishes! 🙂

  113. You rock man , and you got a best peoples behind your success

  114. Wow Neil! You are a very lucky guy to have such friends and family. Especially one’s that help you not only personally, but in business as well. Now, if I can only get my loved ones to help me in business, I just might come close to what you have!
    To you and yours!

    • I am sure you have someone out there who can mentor or cheer you on. If not, don’t worry, I wish you the best of luck 🙂

  115. Property Marbella :

    Hi Niel,
    I respect you because you have the same approach as me.
    Blood is thicker than water, the family comes always first.
    Business Colleagues and friends come and go over the years, but family is always there.

  116. Muhammad Bin Zubair :

    One thing that I’ve learned the importance of over time, and that you elaborated on is how crucial it is to pay your dues. Regardless of what aspect of life we’re talking about whether it is strictly business, or life in general. It is very important to know where you have come from and to truly appreciate all the influential figures that got us there. It is important to do so in order to show respect to the people that deserve it and also to ensure you have good karma coming back at you 🙂

  117. Thanks for sharing your success stories with us

  118. Nick J. West :

    Dedication man, and really cool how you incorporate and thank those around you who make you who you are. Very important to recognize success from where it really comes.

  119. I find things.. educational from you.
    Thank you for shearing.

  120. Parenting: The First 12 Months :

    I think it´s wonderful how you focussed on your family and friends instead of just rolling out a list of “gurus” who, in all probability wouldn´t have been much help anyway.

  121. It’s really great to see someone giving due credit to the people that matter the most.

  122. sometimes i also dream of success instead of wake up and work hard.but if a person take a strong decision or determination then he/she can do the impossible thing possible.if u want to success your dream then you have to do hard work only which is the key of success.

    • Yep, no one ever built a resume on things they want to do. I agree, if you want something you are going to have to go out and get it. That means working hard and doing your best.

  123. military Flights :

    That is a great post Neil. Very cool to see a humbling side of you.

  124. Alex @ Easy ways to make money :

    I salute you Neil, on how you recognized all the people who in turn influenced or helped you directly in reaching your goal. Without these important people, like our parents or our love ones, we will never reach the pinnacle of our dreams.

  125. online examination system :

    I had learn lot from you Neil, whenever i start my new blog or my friends start new blog I use to have your blog as sample, Thanks a lot Neil….:)

  126. Internet Marketing :

    Influences and family is mostly part of them. Great to know that you have close family ties. And you never fail to thank them. You can’t be successful without a single help. Even though you would say everyone put you down… it is still that someone who helped you.

    • Yep, I definitely am very close to my family. I also have some great friends too. That is true every successful person has been helped out at some point along the way.

  127. Congrats Neil for such awesome success, which every person want to get in his life.

  128. lovely people niel,i think that you are so lucky

  129. hey neil,
    nice post, in fact interesting post. lovely people you have introduced. it’s good to know that you have learned a lot from these excellent people. you are efficient.


  130. A very good way to express gratitude to people who have been backbone to your success. You have featured them quite well and they are all lucky too!

  131. +1 on that. Gratitude is sadly becoming a thing of the past. Glad that there still are people who understand its importance.

    • Smriti, gratitude is important because it helps to keep us grounded. It also forces us to empathize with others and help people along on their own paths. Thanks for reading 🙂

  132. Harshit Bhootra :

    this is a personal post and i too wanted to ask a off topic question, you are from Indian community , so do you know hindi ? 😉

  133. Abhishek Pandey :

    Great Neil. All the best.

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