Why college alone doesn't make you successful with Maddy Corbin


Steph and Ericka are joined by self-branding educator and social influencer, Maddy Corbin. Maddy is a self-taught creator who has had an entrepreneurial mindset since age 10! Both Steph and Ericka have crossed paths with Maddy, Steph even participated in her mentorship program to grow her business.

Maddy is a 20-year-old self-starter who has taught herself how to code, use a camera, and build a successful business. Her story starts in high school, where she developed all the fundamentals of business like filing taxes and owning an LLC through her luxury bath and body company, and her photo and design LLC.

After graduating high school in 2016, Maddy decided she wanted to be an entrepreneur. She took as much freelance work as possible to expand her portfolio, and ended up working with 5 or 6 businesses in downtown Fishers.

After a few months Maddy started to feel depressed and lonely; she realized she didn’t have anyone around her age to work with, so she decided to go to college. She wanted to major in PR or journalism so she could learn more about business and become a better writer. Her hope was to take that knowledge and put it into the work she wanted to do.  

After day 2 of her 75 minute commute, she realized this path wasn’t going to get her where she wanted to be. Maddy finished a semester at IUPUI, but decided she wanted to work on her lifestyle and branding blog full time.

You might be wondering, “how can you be successful without a college degree?” Maddy stresses that college isn’t for everyone, and it’s okay to take a year to self-educate and find what you’re passionate about. Maybe you could make your dream come true without investing all of that money. There are so many opportunities out there to self-educate, and endless opportunities if you go and do instead of learning from a book.

For Maddy, doing what she loved didn’t need to come with a college degree.

Let’s grab some wine, or sparkling juice in Maddy’s case, and tune in to this week’s Wine Chats!

Find Maddy Corbin on Instagram and check out her website!