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A millionaire who was homeless and sleeping under a bridge as a teenager said he still stresses about money because of long held trauma from being on welfare

"Lynette Chatman" (2020-08-21)


A millionaire who was homeless and sleeping under a bridge as a teenager said he still stresses about money because of long held trauma from being on welfare.   

Harry Sanders, 22, from Melbourne found himself living rough at 17 because of issues in his home life. He is now worth more than $1million.

But before he made his fortune Mr Sanders found himself struggling to get benefits from Centrelink and when he did he ended up in dire living quarters. 

Millionaire entrepreneur Harry Sanders (pictured) said despite having a company worth millions, his time as a homeless teen still makes him question every purchase he makes, no matter how small

He said when he was given government housing he found himself rooming with people who were battling drug addiction.

He said it was 'insanely tough' to get onto Centrelink, 구글 검색 even as a homeless 17-year-old, and he found himself jumping through 'many hoops'.  

However Mr Sanders said his experiences living on the street and relying on Centrelink taught him valuable lessons he still applies today. 

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'Every rich person who has never been on Centrelink thinks it's just free cash going out but it's not like that, I had social workers and the whole kit and caboodle,' he told He said the experience made him feel worthless and as if he was a 'burden' on the rest of society.  

The young entrepreneur said what was the most trying time of his life had prepared him for success, but it was also a feeling he wouldn't forget anytime soon. 'Making all this money now is great but it doesn't really feel real. I have a company worth millions of dollars but sometimes I still catch myself fretting about a $3 bagel and asking myself, ‘do you really need this?' he said.  Before launching the extremely successful StudioHawk business Mr Sanders (pictured) was living on the street as a teenager and said the difficulties of welfare had helped shape himMr Sanders has been open about some of the tools and methods he has used to find continued success.  Techniques which helped him go from being homeless on the street to having a company worth millions.  Things like ensuring you get a full eight hours sleep and never wearing a suit might sound counterproductive for a budding mogul, but Mr Sanders swears it's the right way to go. 'I think the most important thing you can do is dress to be yourself. I never wear suits. If I am heading into a meeting or have a long day at the office, I wear whatever I like and what makes me feel comfortable,' he told