About a month ago, I wrote an article here on Ways to Make a Living entitles Can I make money from that? The article was inspired from a conversation I had with my friend, Fra. Fra had told me that he wished he could make money from drinking beer and partying, I told him that he could, if he really wanted to, and I wrote an article about how it could be done.
Still, people often tell me that they just wished they could make money from this or that… stuff they enjoy doing, but are sure that they could never make money doing it. I mean, making money from doing something silly, or something that you truly love is impossible, right?
No, it is not. I am here to tell you that it is not only possible, but people are doing it every day.
In my article that I wrote for Fra, I pointed out people like Kim Kardashian who make money basically for partying, and not really doing much else. Today, I want to talk about somebody else who is making money doing something he enjoys. One of the differences here is that this fellow is making money from something that he is truly bad at. He has no talent in the field, but he has fun doing it.
Who am I talking about?
I am talking about Matt Harding, who lives in Seattle, Washington, not far from my old stomping grounds when I lived in the United States.
What is Matt doing to make money? He is dancing. He is a terrible dancer, but he has actually become famous from dancing. Or, as Matt himself says on his website, he has gone from being “micro-famous” to “quasi-famous” to “not-entirely-un-famous” through his dancing. Matt is being soft spoken with that.. he is indeed quite famous for what he has done.
What has Matt done? He has traveled around the world several times now, dancing in different locations. On his first dancing trip, he was unknown, and went around dancing in front of well known landmarks in many different countries. Later, he went on another trip, which was sponsored by Stride Chewing Gum. He later even got an endorsement deal from Visa (the credit card people) and was in some TV commercials. Matt himself even admits that he is a terrible dancer!
So, even with Matt being a poor dancer, is he making money with his dancing videos? I think he is! On Matt’s site, he says:
Visa hired him to do his dance in a series of TV ads that air across Asia and the Middle East, which introduced him to a thing called “Business Class,” and meant he didn’t have to worry so much about money anymore. He settled down with Melissa in Seattle, Washington and bought a house.
Let’s face it, you can’t settle down and buy a house with no money, nor can you continue to travel the world, so indeed, Matt is bringing in revenue from his efforts.
Have a look at Matt’s 2008 Dancing Video, the one that was sponsored by Stride Gum:
And, below you will see Matt’s newest dancing video, Dancing 2012:
So here we have a guy who is doing something that he enjoys, something that is fun, and I am sure that he is making very good money at it. For sure he has traveled the world several times over, and nobody can say that is not fun!
So, next time you say that you can’t make any money on the web, think about Matt, and what he has accomplished. Heck, if you want to think of somebody a little closer to home.. think of me. I have been paying the bills through nothing but my internet work from more than a decade now. I started making money on the net 20 years ago! Isn’t it time for you to get started?