When Lewis Howes' pro sports career was cut short by an injury, he reinvented himself into a sought-after business coach

By Johnny Dodd
October 14, 2015 01:40 PM

Lewis Howes was just another pro athlete whose dreams of fame and glory were derailed by a career-ending injury.

“At 24, I was washed up and broke, sleeping on my sister’s couch with my arm in a cast and a mountain of credit card debt,” says Howe, a former two-sport All-American who shattered his wrist while playing Arena League football.

Unsure of what to do with his life, he reached out to a handful of mentors, including former coaches, looking for advice. One of them suggested he check out the business-oriented social networking site LinkedIn.

Howes soon was spending six hours a day on the site, connecting with sports industry executives, hoping to find a job lead or any bit of advice they might want to impart.

Instead, he found a career.

Lewis Howes

“Before long, friends were reaching out and asking me, ‘Can you teach me how to use LinkedIn?’ ” he says. By 2009 he was getting paid to create profile makeovers, lecturing about online networking and penning a couple books [his third book hits stores later this month] on the subject.

Today, he speaks in front of crowds of 3,000, earns $10,000 an hour doing one-on-one coaching and runs a multi-million dollar online business empire.

“If you told me ten years ago that this would be my life, I would have laughed at you,” says Howes.

“But that’s what I’m all about: Creating inspiration, showing people how to do what they love and helping them figure out how they can make money around that.”