If you've picked up this book, you may be curious what the title means? Perhaps you, yourself, are looking to become self-made, or maybe you were intrigued by what makes me, the author of this book, self-made.

Let me start by sharing the Oxford English Dictionary definition of self-made:

made by oneself

having become successful or rich by one's own efforts

Throughout this book you will discover what it is to be self-made, and how you, too, can become your own version of self-made. But before you read on, I want to say straight up that being self-made isn't just about a measure of financial success, and becoming self-made doesn't mean you have to aspire to having more than seven digits in your bank account. Heck, it doesn't even mean you have to have six! (Spoiler: it is possible though, irrespective of your current financial situation.)

Who am I?

First, let me introduce myself. I am Olivia Carr — mother, founder, philanthropist, mentor, keynote speaker, community builder, author and a self-made woman.

In this book, I share with you all of the tips, the lessons, the secrets, the stories and the tools that I have used to help me overcome hardship, adversity, financial struggle, relationship breakdowns, mental health challenges, and personal and professional setbacks and then go on to achieve my version of success and to become self-made.

Most traditional business books often start by showcasing the author's impressive credentials — their ...

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