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Not Letting Success
Get to Your Head
By Emily Meehan
The Wall Street Journal
September 8, 2006
Money, power, and influence aren't typically associated with twentysomethings, and those who have early success often have a bad rap. Popular culture has provided us with few examples of humble young people and plenty of obnoxious hot-shots. It's often assumed that those in leadership roles have won their status through family money, nepotism or both. But not every young success story has to feature an inflated ego.
Mr. Butler says he has been financially independent from his parents since he was 18 and now earns a "comfortable" living from selling ad space on his Web site that he estimates reaches an average audience of 600,000 unique visitors a month, based on internal tracking at the site. The site features environmental science writing and research by Mr. Butler culled in large part from his exploratory trips to various international ecosystems. Mr. Butler says the site... is mainly a one-man show with few overhead costs...
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