Michelle Phan’s career began with a single, grainy YouTube video shot from her family living room in Tampa Bay, Florida. And now, for the past decade, she has worked tirelessly to build a multimillion-dollar beauty and lifestyle empire. The dynasty includes a monthly subscription beauty service, ipsy, reportedly valued at more than $500 million. There’s also a makeup line, EM Cosmetics, set to relaunch this year after Phan bought it back from L’Oréal in 2016. The root of it all is a multichannel beauty and lifestyle network on YouTube featuring more than 200 beauty influencers. She’s also written a book, has more than 1.1 billion lifetime views on her YouTube channel and was the first official video makeup artist for beauty giant Lancôme.
How? Because she believes opportunity is all around us, every day. You just have to be willing to reach out and grab it. Use these videos as your starting point to find your inspiration and motivation to grasp for opportunity when it arrives.