Public Figure

Andrew Cartwright on Becoming a Millionaire at 17

Danny Leibrandt

Danny Leibrandt

Jun 9, 2023

Danny Leibrandt, Andrew Cartwright, and Dennis Yu
Danny Leibrandt, Andrew Cartwright, and Dennis Yu
Danny Leibrandt, Andrew Cartwright, and Dennis Yu

At just 17 years old, Andrew Cartwright achieved what many of us dream of: he became a millionaire. Running three businesses and managing 200 employees before even reaching adulthood, his story is nothing short of remarkable. I recently had the privilege of visiting Andrew's house, where he generously shared the secrets behind his incredible success. Here’s what I learned, and how you can apply these principles to your own entrepreneurial journey.

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The Early Start of an Entrepreneurial Journey

Andrew’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident from a young age. He started his first business at just 12 years old. However, like any young entrepreneur, he faced numerous challenges and made many mistakes. Despite these setbacks, his determination never wavered. By the age of 15, he had already established a pattern of learning from his mistakes and relentlessly pursuing his goals.

The Drive for Success

Andrew’s ambition was clear: he didn’t just want to become a millionaire; he aimed for $10 million by the time he was 18. Although he didn’t quite reach that lofty goal, he came impressively close. His relentless pursuit of success was fueled by three key elements: learning, manifestation, and action.

Learning: The Foundation of Success

Andrew was a voracious learner, constantly seeking out information and mentorship. His approach was straightforward:

  1. Find someone who has achieved what you want.

  2. Establish a relationship with them.

  3. Spend as much time with them as possible.

By the age of 20, Andrew had already accumulated over 10 mentors. One of the most impactful resources for him was a course titled “25 Little Known Money Making Secrets,” which cost him $3,500 – all the money he had at the time. This course laid the foundation for his business strategies and systems, teaching him three vital lessons:

  1. Ownership is key.

  2. Find what’s already working.

  3. Expand on what’s already working.

Manifestation: Turning Dreams into Reality

Andrew’s belief in the power of manifestation was profound. At 17, he wrote a detailed vision document for a new company, declaring it would dominate the world of investing. This vision was not only highly detailed but also exuded confidence and professionalism, giving me goosebumps when I read it. Additionally, he kept affirmations like “I AM A SPONTANEOUS LOVING COMMITTED LEADER WHO MAKES THE DIFFERENCE” to constantly reinforce his mindset.

Action: The Crucial Element

Taking action was Andrew’s mantra. He emphasized the importance of not letting thoughts or emotions hinder progress. His approach was simple: make a plan, execute it, and adjust as necessary. At a young age, his focus was on generating money, leading him to start:

  • A candy store

  • A jewelry store

  • A laundromat

He identified successful business models, found affordable suppliers, and opened his own ventures. He then reinvested all the revenue into expanding his operations.

Applying Andrew’s Framework to Your Business

Andrew’s success might seem extraordinary, but the principles he followed are timeless and applicable to any business. Here are my three biggest takeaways from his journey:

  1. Go all in on learning: Continuously seek knowledge and mentorship. The more you learn, the better equipped you are to make informed decisions.

  2. Don’t reinvent the wheel: Identify what’s already working in the market and build upon it. Innovation doesn’t always mean creating something entirely new; it can also mean improving existing models.

  3. Relentlessly believe in yourself: Maintain unwavering belief in your goals and your ability to achieve them. Manifestation is about turning your vision into reality through consistent, focused effort.


Andrew Cartwright’s story is a powerful testament to the potential of young entrepreneurs. His journey from a 12-year-old starting his first business to a millionaire at 17 is inspiring and instructive. Huge shoutout to Andrew for sharing his wisdom and hosting me at his home. If you’re looking for more insights, I highly recommend subscribing to his YouTube channel, where he shares valuable content with his 400,000+ subscribers.