Breaking the Mold
While most 19-year-olds trudge their way to 8 am classes in pursuit of a job after graduation, Casey Holladay was earning a full-time income and driving a brand new BMW. “I saw young people making a lot of money and knew that if they could do it, so could I,” he explains. “I saw people living luxurious lives and knew I would do whatever it takes to have that.” So Casey broke free from the typical path, left college, and set out to be his own boss. That same year, his pursuit was already paying dividends.
Wins and Losses
With almost instant success, Casey kept pushing. Over the next few years, he would manage door-to-door operations across the United States and be flown to Australia for management and consultation with a solar energy company. By 25, Casey packaged these skills and experiences with some partners he had connected with along the way and co-founded Market Hackers, an network marketing brand that offers AI-based investment technologies. Casey maintains that even with such early success, it hasn’t been easy. “I’ve been a full-time entrepreneur for eight years,” he reflects. “I’ve been through a ton of ups and downs to get where I am now.”
Casey attributes his ability to overcome those obstacles and setbacks to his dedicated mindset, consistent personal growth, and surrounding himself with the right people. I cut out the people that didn’t support me and only listened to those who believed in me,” he explains. “I created a strong circle and stayed focused.” This change, Casey continues, has to be as consistent as his mindset and growth. “It’s 24/7,” he explains. “Not just sometimes.”
With such a young start and so many ups and downs, Casey has far more entrepreneurial wisdom than his eight years of experience might suggest. For those looking to emulate his success, Casey makes himself clear: “First you have to figure out what you want,” he explains. “Really understand what it is and what it takes. Don’t get caught up in short term wins and really map out what you want for the next 20 years.”