Nate O’Brien had a simple online goal: produce quality videos on wealth management and personal development. This passion started in 2017 when as a student he posted videos to YouTube from the confines of his college dorm room. After uploading 10 to 20 videos in his first month, he had an average six views for each one. 

Nate refused to give up. He uploaded even more, perfected his editing skills, garnered over 5K subscribers, and earned $952.11. Today the channel and his brand have evolved into 13 streams of income and 1.1M subscribers. Nate made $220K in 2019.

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Why we’re a Stan: Nate O’Brien realized big success in his content business wasn’t going to happen right away. This YouTube content creator’s persistence and diligence, though, did pay off big within just a couple of years.

About the author

Shameyka McCalman is a wordsmith whose work often centers around fashion, art, and other creatives of color. She earned her communications degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston and enjoys sifting through clothes in local vintage shops, frequenting nearby plays, and gazing at exhibitions on view in museums.