In 2014, Nick Walter made $66K while he was still in college. He did it by creating a simple video course on how to learn to program an iPhone app. He literally recorded himself learning how to use Swift, a new iPhone app programming language. He then uploaded the videos to, and sold the course for thousands. In his own words, anyone can: Today, his newest course has over 6,000 participants and a 4.5 star rating. Having done a little online research on Nick, here's why I think he was so successful:

1) He's a down-to-earth guy.

In his bio, he explains what got him into this line of work. (HINT: It wasn't for the money.)
I've always had an itch to make things, but growing up in a small town I had limited access to programming resources. This frustration drove my early interest in online education. After experimenting with various companies, learning styles, and teaching processes, I've adopted the best strategies and used them in my courses. My experience as an online student has directly influenced my teaching style, and I am now proud to help students all over the world with their online learning goals.

2) He was willing to put himself out there.

Nick's course involved him learning Apple's new Swift programming language. He decided to record himself learning it so that others could follow along and learn with him. By showing people what he was learning as he was learning it, he let others get to know his personality and approach to learning.

3) He wasn't afraid to put in the time.

Nick spent many hours learning Swift so that he could help others. There was no guarantee his course would be a success. He just wanted to be able to provide a deep learning experience to ensure people would feel successful with what he was teaching.
Since the announcement of the new Swift programming language by Apple, I have buried myself in the Apple documentation and any online resource that is available. In my first Swift course, I provide students with a detailed explanation of the topics and skills needed to learn Swift, an overview of the basic features of the new language, and get you started to begin building your first products.
So many people have dreams of building an app and making thousands of dollars. But, few are willing to do what Nick did. Even in the lucrative world of app development, you still need to put in the time to make the dime! NOTE: Udemy is an affiliate partner with CAREEREALISM. However, all the opinions stated in this article are the author's own.

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