By Michael Mulvey on October 26, 2013 8:41 AM
At 21 years old, Brandon Stanton—the creative force behind the immensely popular photo blog Humans of New York—had flunked out of college (earning a combined score of zero on his five courses). Kicked out of his parent's home, he was doing drugs, working at a dead end job at Applebee's and living in his grandparent's basement in Atlanta, Georgia. He was also convinced that he was going to write a bestseller.
I love stories like this—taking a hobby, a passion, a side project and turning it into much more than than what it might seem like at first glance.