April 12, 2011 08:00 AM by Veronica Dudo
Secret Millionaire: on ABC followed six of America’s millionaires travel to impoverished areas in the country to gift their own money to deserving people and organizations. Ali Brown talks about how she became a millionaire and why she wanted to be on the show in an interview on ABC.com.
1. How did you become a millionaire?
Eleven years ago I quit my last job to work for myself. With no business training or mentors, I took it day by day and figured it all out from scratch. I offered writing services to businesses and then moved into online marketing. I started to gain a huge following so I created courses, seminars, and programs offering education for entrepreneurs. I became a millionaire by age 35, and today Ali International is a multimillion-dollar company.
2. Is there anything that would surprise viewers to learn about you?
Probably how simple my life actually is. People often think I’m this swingin’ single jetsetter girl. While I have a beautiful home here at the ocean in Southern California, a fun car, and gorgeous clothes, my favorite days are spent on the beach with friends or family. You can surf, sun, bike, skate, or play volleyball (all free) and then get a $2 taco! Money makes life easier, but it’s not what makes life.
3. Why did you want to be a part of the show?
I’d never heard of the show before, and honestly when I was first approached, I was skeptical. I slept on it for several days and finally sat down and make a list of the pros and cons of saying yes. The bottom line was, while I’ve written tens of thousands of dollars in checks to charities before, I knew this experience would be a bit scary, but it would make me a better person. And isn’t that what life is all about?
4. Was there anything you were hoping to learn about yourself?
In my mentoring programs, I help women business owners go from good to great. I wasn’t sure honestly if I could relate to those who had been knocked down and were starting over on the street with absolutely nothing. Or people who had been hit with a terminal illness. While I’ve had some hard times in my life, there was nothing that could prepare me for what I was about to encounter. But I knew it was the next step on my path of growth. I can’t tell you anything else yet, but I’m so glad I did it!
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