As you may or may not know, I like to talk about the crazy things you can achieve as an average person with a website.
It can change your life and the lives of others in many ways. But the idea and ability to send your message to hundreds, thousands or possibly millions of people is so huge that you can directly affect people’s thoughts, their actions and their lives – spilling over into even more people.
But it’s not just a concept or philosophy – it happens all the time. It’s happening right now! There’s no reason why it couldn’t be you.
So below I’ve listed 18 people who do exactly this – they change people’s lives with their websites.
This guy is the king of online weightlifitng & fitness tips and has a massive following.
Sure he’s written for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, has also been featured on ESPN, CBS and is on a first name basis with Arnold Schwarzenegger – but he started out as just an average guy running a gym.
He gets results, so he started a website sharing his fitness tips and eventually started selling his E-books Muscle Gaining Secrets and The Renegade Diet (among others) and his style of expertise and training took off!
What sets him apart? He shows exactly where he came from, a skinny guy who struggled to gain weight, finally muscling up after years of trial and error and he gives away brilliant, no nonsense information and injects his ‘no bullshit’ personality into his writing.
Surf his website and you’ll find endless before and after photos of men and women getting ripped, huge and insanely fit on his advice. He has since expanded his writing, offering powerful advice to find success in all aspects of your life.
I’ve personally lost 66lbs (30kg) over a few years following the strategies he discusses on his blog and in The Renegade Diet. That’s why I put him at the top of this list :)
Jay’s the man! Check out his blog – JasonFerruggia.com
Like many, you’re probably sick to death of being in debt, slaving away 40+hours a week just to make repayments and pay bills. Adam Baker was too, so he changed his lifestyle, sold all of his crap and decided to start travelling.
After realizing he could have been doing this a long time ago, he decided to teach others how to sell their crap, and change their lifestyle – so he start Man Vs Debt – a website packed with tips to improve your life.
Boy is it popular! Because his advice improves the lives of his readers.
He doesn’t just offer advice but tells success stories from his readers and is in demand to speak publicly about his expertise and is somewhat famous in the blogosphere.
Check out Man Vs Debt for more info!
Joel Runyon blogs about becoming someone great in life. He focuses on fitness, business and mental strength.
The vehicle for this is Impossible HQ, promoting that you do something impossible! It’s about getting you charged up, finding the right attitude and attacking something so difficult it seems impossible.
Joel quite simply sums himself up by saying:
“My name is Joel Runyon. I used to be okay with the possible. Not anymore.
I’m a former laid-off UPS worker who focused on pushing my limits & doing the impossible in order to tell a great story with my life.”
He quite publicly shares his goals through his Impossible List and in doing so inspires thousands of people to do likewise. If you’re looking for a shift in attitude and are ready to attack life, this guy’s website ImpossibleHQ is worth checking out!
Lori offers “simple wisdom for complex lives” to her million+ readers over at Tiny Buddha.
She blogs about happiness, love, relationships and life in general, offering tips to find a more enjoyable way of life, following a more enlightened & selfless model.
Not only does she have millions of readers, but they engage and participate in the going ons of her website and take it to a whole new crazy level. As Lori says – “I run this website but it isn’t mine, it is ours.”
Talk about making an impact!
Check out Tiny Buddha for more info!
I talk a lot about Pat Flynn, he’s probably sick of hearing about himself on my website!
Pat was a guy who lost his job during the whole global financial crisis and was forced to take some serious action. He had a personal blog called Green Exam Academy about an architecture exam and decided to publish an E-book, making over $200,000 in his first year.
Green Exam Academy was his first success, helping many people to advance their careers by passing the LEED exam.
Since then he’s been writing about making passive income online and has become an expert in the field, making close to a million dollars a year at this point! He helps others to achieve the same.
Not bad for an average guy who go fired!
Pat has one of the most engaged audiences I’ve ever seen online, it’s crazy. He shares tips for running successful websites, affiliate marketing, making money and freeing yourself from the ‘hours for dollars‘ way of making a living.
Check out his current website, Smart Passive Income.
Mark Sisson is at the forefront of the Primal/Paleo movement.
Do you know what ‘Paleo’ is?
It’s the most popular health diet in the world right now, it’s about eating whole natural foods, avoiding processed food for overall health and weight management.
Well Mark Sisson has been in on it for years and takes things to a whole new level! He owns and runs one of the most popular health & fitness sites on the internet and has become something of an icon for the lifestyle – being roughly 60 years old and being ripped and active like guys a third his age.
It all started with Mark’s Daily Apple, where he’d preach about not just diet, but a lifestyle that matches our genetic design, based off those of our primal ancestors.
Mark’s following is one of the largest on this list.
Constant success stories of weight loss, disease symptoms disappearing and radical change in health and overall happiness are what people have gained from his writing.
Leo writes about improving your quality of life through his website Zen Habits – a site which has over one million readers.
Forget the modern rat race lifestyle and attitude, forget stressing over unimportant things and find your personal zen with these life tips that help you let go of the ‘stuff’ that bogs you down.
Leo talks about a life without goals, about creating habits that will lead to more happiness and fulfillment in life. Zen Habits in one of the world’s most popular and influential blogs.
He’s even stated on his website that anything he writes is free from copyright – he just wants to spread the message and make the world better!
That’s powerful stuff! Check out Zen Habits to see a prime example of blogging changing lives.
Just kidding, I’m a nerd too :P
Steve started the awesome and epic website/blog called Nerd Fitness.
Steve makes things fun by using characters like Optimus Prime to teach how to ‘transform your life’ and makes the world of fitness more approachable and understandable for the people out there who didn’t grow up with those ‘jock’ genetics and who find themselves nose deep into video games and comics.
In saying that, his website caters to anyone and is one of the best places online to start your fitness journey. The small blog has now grown in a HUGE community full of people helping each other to ‘level up‘ their lives.
Screw conformity, living in a world and following a lifestyle identical to the masses is the fastest path to mediocrity. That’s the attitude Chris conveys!
Chris was a young guy who couldn’t stand going to work and doing all of the stuff you’re ‘supposed’ to do in life and decided to switch things up and take a different path.
He quit his job, hit the road and since then has traveled to every single country in the world!
He did it through travel hacking, making money in ways far different from the average Joe and being somewhat minimalist in nature – accumulating experiences over material ‘stuff’.
His advice has helped thousands of people as he shares his tips to his audience of hundreds of thousands of readers.
Check out Chris’ Blog to see what he has to say!
Tina Su is another blogger who shares tips to better yourself and find happiness in your life – and she’s a young mother in her early thirties!
It’s motivating advice and is all about personal development. Tina has reached thousands of people across hundreds of countries who love her advice and visit her website to tackle emotional issues, relationships and personal troubles.
Tina’s website is well worth the look, it’s called Think Simple Now – check it out!
They say there is a lot of power in positive thinking!
Henrik agrees, and much like Tina Su above, he runs his own personal development blog that helps thousands of people strengthen their character and enrich their lives by bettering themselves – and thinking positive!
Henrik has been blogging about changing your life since 2006, and has over 400,000 visitors to his website per month. He’s definitely making his impact!
Check the Positivity Blog to see what Henrik has to say!
Has anyone on the internet not heard of Tim Ferris?
He teaches people how to get fitter, cook and free themselves from the rat race. He teaches lessons on productivity and efficiency and has become a master at learning new things and teaching others what he knows.
To reach more people, Tim started up his blog at The Four Hour Work Week.com and has become a bit of an internet sensation helping millions of people find their way to a better life.
New York times describes him as “A cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.”
He’s a ridiculously interesting guy, check out his blog for more info!
Josh Milburn & Ryan Nicodemus
These guys have come from a different place than expected. Both Josh and Ryan were making 6 figures a year, drove the nice cars, had the massive houses and successful careers most people strive for.
But all of it was pretty empty!
So both Josh & Ryan decided to try becoming minimalists, they stripped away anything they felt had no meaning or value to their lives and removed the clutter that was weighing them down. They then embraced this life changing concept and started a blog called ‘The Minimalists‘.
The website has since become extremely popular and many people get inspiration, tips and ideas to become minimalist in nature and improve their lives!
This guy has come from nowhere. A homeless, high school drop out who went on to become a massively popular (and wealthy) motivational speaker.
When his speeches starting going viral on YouTube, ET decided to push on and created a YouTube channel along with his own blog to help send out his message and change more lives.
ET’s been known to mend marriages, motivate people into doing great things with their lives and becoming better people by ’embracing the grind’ – being proud to work hard for what you want and not accepting excuses.
Check out ET the Hip Hop Preacher’s blog!
Robb was a powerlifitng champion, kickboxer and all-round athlete who has gone 200% into the Paleo diet and become one of the world’s foremost Paleo experts.
He’s got a readership into the hundreds of thousands, he’s the guy a lot of the ‘experts’ go to for their information and his influencing people both directly and indirectly with his influence on the paleo diet.
If you’re looking to improve your health, weight and fitness – then Robb is the man!
Like a handful of people on this list, Lewis Howes has been mentioned in previous posts.
Lewis is a former Pro Football player who had a career ending injury and went on to create a business online, and find alternative ways to achieve some of his sizeable goals such as competing in the olympics.
Lewis now runs ‘The School of Greatness‘ and offers advice on achieving your goals and becoming truly great and the best version of yourself.
On his blog he interviews big names (including guys like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss and Chris Guillebeau), offers advice on finance, online business, health, fitness and relationships.
Check out his blog over at LewisHowes.com to see what he’s all about.
“Doing what you love is a right”
Love it. Scott Dinsmore blogs about, in his own words: “work that makes you come alive.”
It’s for people who feel like they’re achieving nothing and sick of their job and need to find another career, job or lifestyle that fulfils them. Scott now heads a global community of people working towards this goal.
Scott’s blog can be found changing lives over at Live Your Legend.
Could your blog be the next vehicle that people flock to find inspiration and direction from your knowledge? These guys have done it and have collectively shown millions of others how to make their lives better. It’s a pretty awesome concept this internet thing.
If you haven’t already, I recommend checking out these websites as they are all fascinating in their own special way.
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