Do what you love and the money will follow. It's the career advice you've likely heard repeated from dorm rooms to boardrooms. Few have lived it as completely as travel entrepreneur Lee Abbamonte.
The youngest American to have traveled to every country in the world, Abbamonte turned his passion in a successful profession. He now works with huge multinational companies that want to align their brands with his personal story.
It's influence-based advertising, but Abbamonte dislikes being called "an influencer."
"When people call themselves Influencers, it's kinda like people who are rich talking about how much money they have. They might not really be that," says Abbamonte.
Now 39, he was 32 and working on Wall Street when he accomplished his goal. He launched a personal website to document his adventures, "and then I just started trying and I started making relationships," he says and his new career took off.
Increasingly, he says, brands are looking for real people and it's not too late if you have a dream and the drive.
He says the key question to ask yourself is, "Why do people care what I have to say?"
If you can't answer that he says, you need to go back and figure it out because you won't make it.