Man is not destined to achieve anything on earth without struggle; it lies in the nature of life on earth. Nevertheless, the person who emerges as a hero has overcome the struggles life has thrown at them on their way to success. The story of Jimmy Bennett’s rise to an entrepreneur and investor from the streets is one such example. From hiding from debt collectors to purchasing his personal yacht, Jimmy has managed to pivot his life 180 degrees with hard work and persistence.
Jimmy is currently a motivational speaker sharing his real-life story to the world, empowering people to live their best lives by encouraging self confidence and self belief. He has been through the worst to emerge the best version of himself. Learning has been a consistent factor that helped him become the person he is today throughout his journey. He took every challenge as a lesson to become stronger and more focused in life.
At 15, Jimmy dropped out of school. He was mistakenly diagnosed as autistic by his teachers from a young age, followed by severely discouraging statements that eventually led him to believe he was incapable of doing anything good with his life. Being a high school dropout, Jimmy could not find a well-paying job and moved from one odd job to another, barely covering his basic expenses. He was homeless for most of his late teens / early twenties, sleeping on friends’ couches and failing that, a park bench.
His uncle offered him his garage to stay in for a while, and this shelter made him feel privileged. For many nights he shivered in the cold and shared a room with rats scampering around. These experiences helped him learn the harsh realities of life and understand what being unsuccessful looked and felt like. Even at 24, Jimmy had no clear focus in his life and was completely clueless about his future. By then, he had lived in seven different cities trying to find his place.
His life took a positive turn when he decided to pursue his education because an academic qualification is highly regarded in society. He didn’t have the qualifications to even start, so he joined an access course for students who have failed in school. It was then he met two teachers who inspired him and brought out his best. As a result, he started gaining self-confidence, which changed his life forever. Today, Jimmy is a mindset coach and an international speaker, and an accomplished entrepreneur and investor.
He has achieved massive financial success through multiple avenues, against the odds. Jimmy now resides in Dubai where he runs multiple businesses. In addition, he battled chronic illness, was homeless, and even escaped debt collectors to then one day lead his own a business empire thus proving it is possible for anyone. He has recently hosted Jordan Belfort (the Wolf of Wall Street) and public speaker Les Brown.
Even after all these accomplishments, Jimmy has not forgotten his past, and he doesn’t want anyone to go through the same struggles he did. He manages and funds several projects for the welfare of underprivileged communities and will continue to do so in the coming years. He also wants to inspire people through his story and motivate them to reach their goals, overcoming all obstacles in life.