Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming My Darkest Moment

Evan Carmichael

In this episode of “Surviving to Thriving: Overcoming My Darkest Moment,” I talk with entrepreneur, leader and YouTube influencer, Evan Carmichael. Evan’s darkest moment came at the ripe old age of 19. He was working his butt off at a software start-up making $300/week, frustrated by their lack of success and the same cheap bean salad lunch every day. After nine months of grinding without success, Evan called his business partner and quit. When he hung up the phone, he cried harder than he ever remembers crying. He had never identified as a quitter, yet there he was… quitting.

The next morning Evan realized the pain of regret would be worse than the pain he was in, so he went back to his business partner who let him back in. Future regret is what fueled Evan forward, but he knew he needed a new path. Instead of reinventing the wheel, he took a page out of Bill Gate’s playbook and landed a $13,000 partnership deal three weeks later. With a model that could be replicated, he and his partner grew their software company to great success, and then sold it. Now he inspires other entrepreneurs to stop planning and start taking action, mostly through his YouTube channel which has 1.7 million subscribers. He’s currently in the midst of his #Believe tour, hosting workshops in 23 cities over 90 days. This, of course, started as an idea on a Wednesday that culminated in an out-of-town speaking engagement two days later. Because it’s all about action. Learn more about Evan and his 2019 tour at

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