2018 was a year of success for many. We are seeing the rise of the “influencer” and many people are beginning to discover self-employment and entrepreneurship.

We’ve compiled a list of 17 entrepreneurs and thought leaders who have already paved the way for you as you cruise into 2019. These are in no particular order.

Before you start reading this article, can you guess who will appear on the list?

Here are 17 Entrepreneurs and Thought Leaders to Keep Your Eye on in 2019:

Prince Ea

Prince Ea HeadshotRichard Williams, known as Prince Ea is one of our generation’s foremost thought leaders. His impactful short films on YouTube have millions of views for good reason. He challenges the world to open their eyes to many different perspectives and topics including education, life, relationships, and making a positive impact on the world.

His recent videos challenge us to rethink the term “influencer”. Prince Ea makes a great point and asks us to strongly consider what exactly people are influencing others to do. Is it lust after luxury cars, or strive to attain “beauty”? We should all consider what and who we’re influencing, and why.

Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes HeadshotBefore Lewis Howes became one of America’s, (and arguably one of the world’s) favorite thought leaders, he got his start as an athlete and eventually led a career in marketing after an injury halted his sports career. His books are available on Amazon and Lewis hosts The School of Greatness podcast, which has received over 30 million downloads since it launched back in 2013. He even recently had Prince Ea as a guest on the show.

He recently appeared on the Ellen show and shared his story of how he became a successful multi-millionaire entrepreneur and overcame the struggles he endured when he first began as a house guest sleeping on his sister’s sofa.

Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty HeadshotJay Shetty is one of the most heartfelt and engaging thought leaders online and was named in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2017. If you’ve been living in a cave and haven’t heard of Jay, he is a storyteller and viral video superstar. He often shares mind opening videos on social media that encourage us to be more kind, loving, supportive, and wise. He is available as a keynote speaker for events.

Arianna Huffington partnered with Jay to create the daily show HuffPost Live #FollowTheReader, where he interviews Russell Brand, Simon Sinek, Tim Ferriss, and Deepak Chopra. The show reaches over 1 million people per day.

Sean Whalen

Sean Whalen PhotoSean Whalen is the founder of Lions Not Sheep. He is the author of the #1 Amazon best-selling book ” How To Make Sh*t Happen which has sold thousands of copies all over the world. Sean’s videos have acquired over 700 million views. He is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers for some of the most exciting events in the country.

He speaks on many controversial subjects and encourages us to be more open, honest, and confident about sex, money, politics, business, religion, and more. He helps us understand that many times the struggles in our daily lives are what make us unique, and often help many entrepreneurs craft their message and their story.

Brittany Michalchuk

Brittany Michalchuk HeadshotBrittany Michalchuk is a high-performance coach for 6-8 figure entrepreneurs. She works with top performers and helps them build their empire through effective branding and online marketing. Brittany helps you explode your brand on social media and convert more interested clients into paid customers. She is a social media wizard and works with some of the biggest brands in this space to bring out their “X Factor” and communicate their message most effectively to attract high ticket clients. It’s great to see a strong woman helping others break through unconscious blockages, achieve more success, and build better relationships. Her clients often refer to her as their “secret weapon.”

She’s a keynote speaker taking the personal development space by storm, emerging in documentaries, center stage for big events across North America, on major podcasts, publications etc. Her insane work ethic and drive to make the most of her life and everybody around her makes her somebody to look out for in 2019.

Ryan Stewman

Ryan Stewman HeadshotRyan Stewman, also known as the Hardcore Closer, is one of the top sales trainers, speakers, and entrepreneurs. He is a best selling author that doesn’t hold back what he has to say. Ryan is a sales trainer, podcaster, viral video maker, “funnel closer”, blogger, and consultant (among other things). Most of all, he is headstrong about making big sales and helping other people do the same. He leads one of the most exciting and desirable private groups for entrepreneurs titled “Break Free Academy”. Inside the group, he provides mentorship, sales training, networking opportunities, live events, software tools, and other resources for his students.

His Funnel Closer program has helped many entrepreneurs break their 6 and even 7 figure ceiling. Be sure to keep an eye on Ryan Stewman.

Justin Colby

Justin Colby HeadshotJustin Colby is a real estate influencer, I am a speaker, author, influencer, and the founder of ‘The Entrepreneur DNA’.  He currently runs a highly successful real estate investment company and has taught over thousands of other investors how to do the same. Over 100 of his students are now are seven-figure earners.

Justin’s career began in sales straight out of college. In the crash, he lost it all and found himself sleeping on a couch for over a year. Today, his investment company brings in over 7 figures per year. Justin prides himself on making a huge impact in the real estate investment space. He has been in business for over 10 years and has flipped over 100 million dollars in real estate. Be sure to keep an eye on Justin Colby and listen to his podcast The Science Of Flipping.

Myke Metzger

Myke Metzger EntrepreneurMyke Metzger is an American entrepreneur, author, and professional speaker. Myke is the CEO of RVA Social, one of the fastest growing digital marketing agencies on the east coast.

Outlier magazine referred to Myke as “breathing new life into what already exists on social media”. He is a powerful speaker and is able to impact people by breaking down complex topics and making them simpler and easier to digest. In Myke’s book “Credibility Method”, learn the simple 4 step ‘TREK Method’ which shows you how to increase and establish your credibility, legitimacy, and chances of success. The book is for entrepreneurs or career starters looking to pump up their legitimacy, improve their resume, impress their audience or boss, and gain massive credibility.

Page Gilbert

Page Gilbert EntrepreneurPage Gilbert is a 27-year-old entrepreneur and network marketer known as the “Female Boss Babe”.  Page is currently partnered with a technology trading company and mentors motivated individuals all over the world. She offers training and expertise in two of the largest financial markets, being forex and cryptocurrency.

Page is an advocate of women empowerment and strives to set an example for other aspiring female entrepreneurs. Page is a true example of how powerful you can become regardless of your age or background. Page shares that she is always looking to connect with highly motivated individuals who want to create a life of abundance & complete financial freedom.

Chris Frederick

Chris FrederickChris Frederick is a former pro soccer player turned serial entrepreneur. Chris has transformed his lessons as a high performing athlete and businessman into real-world strategies for aspiring entrepreneurs. His connections, network and ability to produce the right results for people on Instagram have helped people immensely.

His network of 300 Million on Instagram can help you via shoutouts, features, giveaways and more. He owns and co-owns multiple businesses including an exotic rental car company, a canvas art e-commerce store, and more.

Candace Ross

Candace Ross MahmoudCandace Ross is a corporate executive and has been a top-tier marketing strategist in the network and affiliate marketing space for the last 6 years. She now co-owns an A.I. forex hedging automation software company. The software allows the seasoned investor and the average joe to be able to compound their money without needing millions of dollars and paying massive hedge fund commissions. She is one of the top self-taught influential women who has created multiple 7 figure sales systems and is frequently sought out to assist in the growth of corporate businesses.

She is known to have a ‘no no-nonsense approach’ and has a way of simplifying the creation process while keeping it fun. Candace believes women can attain equality in the workspace by refusing to segregate yourself in the workplace. She encourages women to avoid terms such as “girlboss” or “ladyboss”, because all women are bosses in their own sense without having to recognize that they are women. She believes that having focus and a clear marketing plan is all it takes for the average person to leverage the internet and sales space effectively.

Ronnie Nash

Ronnie Nash EntrepreneurRonnie Nash is a 25-year-old serial entrepreneur and investor. He runs and manages multiple – both online and offline. Ronnie owns one of the top construction companies in Northern Michigan, where he also flips and wholesales real estate.

He is partnered with a group of investors who focus on mentoring and helping individuals from all over the globe invest in different niches such as real-estate, forex, network marking and even building your own brand. It is Ronnie’s goal to help as many people as he can in every aspect of life so they can to find the true meaning of financial freedom.

Drizzik Grewal

Drizzik GrewalDrizzik Grewal is the CEO of Sunbranding, a social media consulting agency. At the impressively young age of just eighteen, Drizzik consults with businesses looking to expand their online presence. He also offers forex training, private mentorship, e-commerce mastery, and moe.

Drizzik started his entrepreneurial journey when he was 16 and discovered Shopify. Since then he has successfully sold multiple e-commerce stores for a large profit. He is teaching young people to follow their dreams and recognize that financial freedom is possible at any age. Be sure to keep your eye on Drizzik as his business explodes in 2019.

Mike Zimov

Mike Zimov HeadshotMike Zimov is a startup stress tester and a force for good. He and his wife sponsor a small orphanage in Jeffrey’s Bay South Africa and focus on helping the children there. Professionally, Mike helps young ambitious startups recognize that passion can often blur their company’s specific mission, product, or service. Mike Zimov helps solve this issue by advising companies and individuals on the correct process of building your company. Long before the 1st round of funding, Mike and his team develop a marketing message, build a website, set up payment processing, and put the best marketing practices in place. This gives investors a chance to see if the start up’s idea has potential long before they have dumped millions into the idea.

With startups, there is always the risk of investing into something no one actually wants. He considers himself a copywriter at heart, and a mentor to those who strive to learn the craft.

Inna Yurkevich

Inna YurkevichInna Yurkevich is a professional permanent makeup artist and microblading trainer with a background in dental hygiene. She developed a strong passion for drawing from a very early age. Inna truly believes that if you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, then you can spend your energy loving and enjoying your life, rather than feeling self-conscious. She is obsessed with creating the most realistic-looking eyebrows for her clients. Inna believes in the concept of lifelong learning and likes to improve her knowledge and skills in any way that she can. Inna has now trained all over the US and Europe and has rapidly become a rising star of permanent makeup in New England. Inna’s business exploded through word of mouth with the help of social media. Inna loves empowering people through beauty and personal development and helping her students succeed in the world of Microblading and permanent makeup. With her abilities, skills, and connections she is definitely an empowering woman to keep your eyes on in 2019.

Eric Stein

Eric Stein EntrepreneurEric Stein is an entrepreneur, creative thinker, and Executive Vice President of American Health Corporation, which owns and operates nursing homes throughout the country. Eric graduated from the University of Hartford with an Associates degree, then moved to Florida and also graduated with a degree in International business from Lynn University in Boca Raton. Eric got his first taste of entrepreneurship when he started a car detailing business as a junior in college with his college roommate. He then co-founded the social media advertising firm Go Social. He then became operations manager for Presidents Choice Trading Cards, a sports trading card manufacturing company.

Eric has an immense amount of business experience, knowledge, and is invested in several e-commerce stores as well. Eric enjoys spending time with family and friends, Philadelphia sports, and exotic cars. Be sure to connect with Eric and follow his journey in 2019.

John Mclean

John Mclean EntrepreneurJohn Mclean is the founder of Storm Advisor, a revolutionary platform to help homeowners understand and connect with the right contractor after disasters happen. John found a passion for helping people who experience massive loss from natural disasters and storms, and is now known as one of the best “disaster consultants”. His background in roofing sales has allowed him to build a successful business helping homeowners avoid and prepare for disaster.

He is a coach at Skydiamonds University with Lee Haight, and his part-time passion is online marketing and helping others win.

There are many commonalities amongst the people on this list including real estate, marketing, currencies, and content creation. Start thinking about how you can implement these things in your life.

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