When millionaire entrepreneur Cameron Johnson was eight years old, he wanted nothing more than to stay at New York’s Plaza Hotel, which was featured in the blockbuster movie Home Alone 2. His parents agreed to take him, so Cameron wrote a letter to the hotel’s owner, Donald Trump, asking if he could take a look at the suite where Home Alone ‘s hero had stayed. Trump did him one better. He arranged for Cameron and his parents to stay in that suite.

Cameron’s questions didn’t stop. At age nine, he asked himself, “Why couldn’t I become a businessman like Donald Trump?” His first company – an invitation printing service – was born. From then on, Cameron’s career blossomed. At age 12, his eBay Beanie Baby business was pulling in $50,000 a year. Before he graduated from high school, he was worth a million bucks. He’s since started a dozen Internet companies, written the books 15 Year Old CEO and You Call the Shots, consulted for Fortune 500 companies, spoken at colleges nationwide, and appeared in Oprah’s reality series The Big Give.

That’s a lot of success for anyone – let alone a 23-year-old. And much of it is due to the fact that Cameron was never afraid to ask that crucial question: “Why not?”

“Question your limits. Question others’ boundaries. Question whether you can do something different,” Cameron told me. “And you won’t believe just how far you can go.”

Michael Masterson agrees. “Think about the chances you might have missed in your own life by failing to ask ‘Can I?’ Or ‘Would you?’ Or ‘Is he?'” he said in his article” The Power of a Simple Question.”

Here’s a question for you: What do you have to lose by asking?

[Ed. Note: Look for Cameron in ETR in coming weeks.

Learn 19 of his secrets to becoming a successful entrepreneur in his latest book, You Call the Shots.

And get more strategies for how to overcome all the obstacles in your path and achieve your goals by signing up for ETR’s Total Success Achievement program. Learn more here.]

Charlie Byrne

Charlie Byrne is a former Senior Copywriter and Editorial Director for Early to Rise. Charlie spent the earlier part of his business career as a systems analyst, project manager and consultant in New York City for Fortune 100 companies including Philip Morris, Digital Equipment, and Citicorp as well as New York University and Columbia University. He then spent over ten years at Reuters Ltd and Interealty Corp designing and implementing financial, real estate and news information services. In 2003, he joined Early to Rise as a senior editor and copywriter. Since then he has helped publish over 1000 editions of ETR, resulting in gross revenues of well over $25 million. He has also produced dozens of winning sales letters and promotions, including two that brought in over $200,000 in under 24 hours, another two that have grossed over $1 million each, and a single sales letter that sold 25 units of a $10,000 product.

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