Greg Hartle is an amazing guy. He had it all, lost it all, almost died, got healthy, gained it all back and then decided to do something strange to most of us: Gave it all up. He’s currently touring the country, starting with nothing but $10 and his laptop, eschewing previous networks and financial resources, depending upon his own ingenuity, creativity and the generosity of others, to show that it doesn’t take having friends or money to create something amazing.

Because his mission is really to use his own entrepreneurial knowledge and experience to share with and inspire others, it was easy to pick Greg as a runner-up recipient of one of our passes to last week’s BlogWorld & New Media Expo in New York. Little did I know, Greg not only came to the show, but essentially manned the Exploring Social Media booth with me and Jess Ostroff most of the time we were there.

At one point, I joked that he’d been named ESM’s Sr. VP for Somethingorother since he was right there pitching our social media marketing question-and-answer site and learning community to booth visitors.

But Greg’s story, not our little fun at BlogWorld, is what you need to hear. So, I turned on the camera and we talked about his big idea and hope for the project.

Keep an eye out for Greg as he dots around the country. Follow his lessons and interviews on his blog. Go see him when he visits places. Talk to him. Get inspired. And give the guy a lift (literally or financially) if you can. I’m convinced it’s people like Greg that change the world. If you don’t believe me just watch him.

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Jason Falls is the founder and chief instigator for Social Media Explorer's blog and signature Explore events. He is a leading thinker, speaker and strategist in the world of digital marketing and is co-author of two books, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing and The Rebel's Guide To Email Marketing. By day, he leads digital strategy for CafePress, one of the world's largest online retailers. His opinions are his, not necessarily theirs. Follow him on Twitter (@JasonFalls).

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  • Greg Hartle

    Hey Jason, thanks for the shout and the support. It was a pleasure to hang with you in person and get to know the great work you are doing in Social Media. More importantly, I love your down-to-earth attitude and get-er-done style!  

    Thanks again for the ticket to BlogWorld. As someone who knows very little about the online world or blogging, it was a valuable experience.

    Stay in touch!

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      Glad to do my part, Greg. Please let me know if I can help along the way. Thanks for being my Sr. VP for Somethingorother for a couple days!

  • http://nikkistephan.com Nikki Stephan

    Greg is a great guy, and his story is inspiring. He recently stopped in Detroit for a few days and spent time with a lot of different people in our community.

    I am not sure I could be as brave as Greg is, particularly when he’s faced with heading to a new city where he knows no one. Thanks for helping to share his story. Hopefully more people will benefit from meeting Greg when he stops in their neighborhood.

    • http://socialmediaexplorer.com JasonFalls

      Right there with you, Nikki. I couldn’t do what he’s doing either. But I sure can let folks know!

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    I loved reading
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    big, it’s stories like these that motivate people to do so much better in
    life and gives a lesson to never give up. Thank you so much for sharing this!

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