Damian Prosalendis – Telling The Truth?
I first encountered “Damian Prosalendis” when he was featured in “Bold and Determined” – a blog by Nick Kelly/”Victor Pride”.
Going under the guise of “Damian Pros”, he started posting results from a Fiverr business he set up, eventually claiming that he’d made $40k+ in a single month from the platform. This was followed by a post on “TheFastlaneForum”.
He also operated a website called “Dare and Conquer” which I perused at the time as well.
Now… the important thing to note here is that what I’m about to write is not some sort of vendetta against the guy, or anything like that. I respect what he’s done and continue to read his content.
However, it’s become painfully obvious that the majority of what he’s posting now is either rehashed nonsense or wholly incorrect. Further, there have been a number of instances where a number of his claims have been proven to be entirely false.
This is important, as it’s a direct indication of his character, and whether you should believe what he says or not.
It’s especially important considering the “anti university” stance he has taken to; continually telling people to avoid higher education, through his Twitter feed. This is extremely dangerous for the next generation, and what I wanted to address with this article.
The biggest gripe I have with him is that he’s labelling himself a “millionaire”, and latterly a “multi millionaire”.
I don’t know how much money he has, and it’s not really my business, but I’ll tell you now that if someone is a “millionaire”, they won’t typically spend all day on Twitter or try and convince everybody of the fact.
Real wealth speaks for itself. And real wealth typically leaves clues – business dealings, associates and other things.
Prosalendis has none of this, bar a Fiverr account which I’ll explain in a second.
The point is that the “millionaire” tagline – like most things I’ve observed from Prosalendis – is likely a ruse for something else; a spin on words designed to paint himself as prolific as possible.
Being a “millionaire” isn’t about having $1m+ in cash – it’s about having access to, or control over, $1m+ worth of assets.
Many people are millionaires on paper, but their capital is locked away in property or some other illiquid asset base.
Labelling yourself a “millionaire” is highly indicative of someone who either doesn’t understand what it means to be legitimately worth over $1m, or is trying to gain attention.
To explain who Prosalendis even is, he apparently set up a “Fiverr” business when he was in college and eventually made enough to quit and focus on it entirely himself.
Whilst commendable, someone later discovered the business (SPXMAC) and it appears that it’s a legitimate outfit.
The foundation of Prosalendis’ story is based around the idea that his “Fiverr business” was able to generate $1m+ in revenue within the first two years of its founding.
This is a great achievement by any standard, but should not get in the way of reality – “Fiverr” takes 20% of any money earned through its platform, as well as the various expenses the business would have incurred as a result of its growth.
In other words, whilst the $1m ideal sounds good, it’s not the net profit of the business.
The reason this is important is because it gives a perspective on the character behind the persona. You can’t fake a business’ profile, and whilst he tried to keep it all covered up, it’s pretty much the case that most people know about it now.
The reason I felt it pertinent to write this is to help anyone looking to research the guy.
There have been a number of instances where he outright lied to people in order to make them think he was more successful than he was:
Dubai Penthouse –
Around 2016/2017, he started claiming that he’d been living in a Dubai Penthouse.
His website was highly suggestive – “From a cockroach-infested dorm room to… a luxurious Dubai penthouse” – giving the impression that he’d indeed become so wealthy that he’d been able to buy a penthouse in one of the most glamorous cities in the world.
Whilst this would have been commendable, it was later discovered that all the pictures he’d taken were from a room in the Sofitel Dubai (hotel), which someone even identified as being just a normal room (not the “penthouse” as claimed by Prosalendis).
The reason this is important is because of the picture it painted before it was discovered. Anyone looking at his stuff could easily have been mislead into thinking he was a serious player – when in reality, he was just a tourist staying for a couple of weeks.
Personal Chef –
In 2017, his Twitter feed started to mention that he’d hired a chef + maid to “save his time”.
Like most things he espouses through Twitter, he was emphatic about how “his” chef provided him with meals etc. Like the Dubai Penthouse, the implication was that he’d actually gone out and hired a chef who came to his residence to prepare his meals for him. After all… that’s what a “personal chef” does, right? Well… not according to Prosalendis. His idea of a personal chef is one of those “delivered meal” services, where you pay a monthly or daily fee to have meals prepared + delivered to you.
The tell was when someone asked him about how many people his chef cooked for – to which his reply was that he “didn’t give a damn”… essentially suggesting the notion that he’d just signed up to one of these “meals on wheels” services.
Again, the blurred lines between fact & fiction are extremely thin here.
Instagram Followers –
In 2018, he opened a thread on the popular “FastlaneForum” – where devotees of the author MJ DeMarco like to hang out to discuss ideas etc.
Whilst the forum has a large blend of different individuals, there are many veterans on there who can see clearly through any false / highly inflated comments posted.
Prosalendis’ post – “1,000,000 Followers On Social Media: How I Am Doing It & How You Can Too” was initially welcomed by many on the forum.
However, due to a lack of actual content, several members began to question the veracity of what he was posting, eventually leading to a “showdown” about his Instagram account.
The question arose as to how he’d been getting Instagram followers, to which Prosalendis replied that he’d been featured by several large accounts.
Further inspection of what he’d been posting later highlighted that he’d been using “Comment Pods” – essentially where people comment on each other’s posts to get them onto the “Discover” section of Instagram (and hence more followers).
The problem with this was not about the method itself… but rather the dishonest nature that Prosalendis used as a response. Using vitriolic responses to try and berate the respondents, he tried to browbeat his point that he was “correct” and that he was being misunderstood.
Even the forum’s owner had to step in to try and gain assurance that he wasn’t trying to falsify his claims to anyone, to which Prosalendis responded that he hadn’t (a lie) and that he’d now be leaving the forum to focus on his business.
No one cared that he had left… but the whole episode highlighted the way in which he had tried to hoodwink his way to gaining reputation and influence… and – as highlighted by many on the forum at the time – an attempt to get more people into his “funnel” so he can sell them consulting or some other products later on.
Personal Branding –
“Featured on Forbes, INC, Entrepreneur Magazine, HuffPost” would be something to be proud of for anyone… but only if you’d earned it.
The problem with Prosalendis – like many things we’ve posted – is that the “interviews” posted on those sites seem highly questionable.
Indeed, there was even an allusion by a popular marketing magazine to “Brian Rashid” – an author on Forbes who’s known for posting some quite “interesting” content that you have to question the origin of.
Nonetheless, the idea stuck – and Prosalendis used his “interviews” as a way to position himself as a “successful entrepreneur”.
I have no problem with the method behind this (it used to be called PR) – but to do it dishonestly is a major issue.
If the interviews were paid, they’d be a dishonest proposition in my opinion.
Had to add this one too – his latter claims of being a “model” are actually comical.
Models are a special breed; you can tell who is, and who isn’t, one relatively quickly.
And whilst it used to be the case that you had to be signed to a modelling agency to even be considered one; the truth is that “real” models are paid to pose. Prosalendis pays someone to follow him around & take photographs.
The point of this is that whilst this isn’t uncommon in the “selfie” generation, it is a problem when you’re using it to try and make people think you’re better than what you actually are.
Lastly, coming back to the “millionaire” claim.
Millionaire is a very loaded word – it means many things to many people.
In the modern world, I typically consider a “millionaire” as someone with a number of assets (perhaps property and/or a business) which is worth $500k/$650k and the rest either in cash or some other “liquid” form of capital.
The notion/idea is that if you liquidated your entire asset base today, you’d be left with $1m+ in the bank after tax etc.
Whilst Prosalendis may have this, I really don’t consider his claim of being a “millionaire” to either be valid or legitimate.
Again, this is mainly speculation – but judging from his past discretions and his Fiverr story – I’d surmise the following to be the case:
- SPXMAC has made revenues of $1m+ through Fiverr since its inception in 2015
- Of these revenues, money would have to have been paid in employee expenses + any further provisions the company may have used (IE is not take-home profit)
- The SPXMAC business doesn’t really have a presence outside of Fiverr – further adding to questions of its veracity
Ultimately, I’d suggest that his allusion to his Fiverr $1m revenue is where the “millionaire” idea came from.
If that’s the case, he most certainly isn’t a “millionaire”… at least in my definition.
A good example of this is that I know a guy who has a business turning over ~£3m per year. Since he sells physical products that he doesn’t manufacture, his operating profit is £650k and net profit comes out at around £300k after everything has been paid for.
You may argue that this guy is a “millionaire”, but I’d suggest otherwise. He still goes to work every day and is continually trying to build the business up (as if his competitors would take him out).
He may label himself as a “millionaire”, but I don’t think so. There are too many variables working against him.
All of this basically highlights a pattern of behaviour.
He likes to over-inflate even the smallest achievement, even to the degree of being dishonest about what actually happened.
I adore success and honor those who become truly successful… but you have to put things into perspective.
Truly successful people don’t sit back on other people’s inventions / ideas, they create their own.
They don’t do everything necessary to persuade others of how much they’ve achieved; they continue doing what made them successful in the first place.
Of all the people I’ve seen / met who have been worth significant amounts of money – the one thing they had in common is they basically did what “they” wanted to do… and kept doing it (even when they became wealthy).
Whilst they may allude to their wealth, it really doesn’t bother them how much money they have. They use money as a tool, and continued to develop as much value as possible – typically because they cared about what they were doing.
In terms of Prosalendis, I get a very superficial feel from him.
I also get a sense of someone out of their depth; rather like a young Justin Bieber trying to cope with the Paparazzi.
I would not trust most of what he puts out on social media.
If you are interested in anything he’s selling, you will need to get verification of his results if you really want a perspective on what he’s going to deliver.