A few days ago, a small but significant online business influencer passed away. His name was Christopher William Waller. He created The Royal Blueprint course that showed countless people how to make a living with a dropshipping business.
I met Chris through a mutual friend, Iman Gadzhi of Agency Incubator. I was supposed to write an article about Chris. We connected a couple of times on Facebook and then we were off to the races . . . sorta.
Things kept coming up. He was very busy and we both kind of flaked on each other. Maybe it was the fact that I didn’t know much about him, except for the kind things Iman said about him. Maybe he thought I was a weird old man who was just a warm lead from a friend.
Regardless of the reasons, I never had an interview with him and I’m disappointed in myself. I wish I would have tried harder to connect. And now that he has passed, I wish I wrote that article so more people would know his amazing story.
Well, I’m writing this as a replacement for the interview that never happened. It’s a poor substitute, but I feel compelled to do so. I hope others outside of his little circle see that Chris was a role model to many and his legacy lives on through his teachings.
The Successful Entrepreneur That Overcame A Lot
When you first see Chris’s Instagram profile, it does look like a lot of flexing going on. He has a Lamborghini, Jaguar, and expensive clothes. In a few videos, he shows you some of the places he has visited. It’s definitely the lifestyle you should be promoting if you want to capture the wantrepreneurs of the world.
However, I do believe that that was just to get your attention. Once you really got to know what he was about, you’d see that he had more substance than the material things in his life. For one, he was a master motivator. He brought himself up from being poor to becoming rich within 18 months. Also, I enjoyed Chris’s sense of humor. His friends always said great things about him.
What I know about Chris was that he was adopted. I can only guess that his life was not the easiest from that fact alone. When he turned twenty, he got kicked out of his house. (I’m assuming his parents had a reason or two, but I don’t know that story and won’t judge anyone.)
In a video, Chris shows the mattress on the floor he was sleeping on. He was just scraping by. He found it in himself to make something of his bad situation. Chris hated school, but he was brilliant at self-teaching. In a few months, he had mastered the basics of the Shopify drop shipping business model and Facebook Ads. His early wins made him the go-to expert in the niche.
From his early videos, you can see that he was quite knowledgable about many aspects of business. Not only that, he was a good teacher. He always had a genuine smile on his face and his positive energy made the viewer happy to be watching. In fact, in less than a year he had over 85,000 YouTube subscribers.
After getting introduced to Chris, I watched several of his videos to see what he was all about. I choose to only associate with ethical and amazing entrepreneurs. This guy seemed very young, but I wanted to give him a shot.
From watching his videos, I sensed a little star power. He was good on camera and he wasn’t acting. I could see why so many people tuned in and learned drop-shipping from him instead of the thousands of other people talking about it.
Specifically, I watched all his videos on how to create Facebook ads because I own a digital marketing company. Oddly, his ads training was better than some SMMA training and that’s not even his niche! For this, I was grateful. At last, I found a connection with him. I looked forward to finally nailing down a time to interview him to learn more about his life.
That never happened.
The King And His Royal Family
A few days after sending him an unanswered message, I learned about his passing in his private Facebook group for the course.
The cause of his death has not been released yet. Though we’re all very curious, his family chose to keep this private for now so we’re all in the dark about it.
In only 24 hours, the post of this news had already garnered over 1,000 comments. His Guest Book for his funeral page is currently 74 pages long. For a relatively unknown person, that’s remarkable.
Reading the comments, I became incredibly sad. I tried to find something positive in this senseless death. And in doing so, I found a pattern.
Chris inspired people and changed a lot of their lives even though, relatively speaking, we didn’t intimately know the guy. This is the power of his great communication style. Yes, he had a lifestyle most people would envy. But through it all, what he really wanted to do was create a thriving community to become his family. Perhaps it was the family that he never had growing up. I can only speculate. Well, he achieved it and we all felt that special bond with him.
The Wisdom Of Chris Waller
To anyone caught up in the hype of building a business empire and amassing all the toys, here’s the big lesson:
Empowering people and changing lives is the real ROI that feeds the soul.
You could tell it was feeding Chris’s soul by the way he lit up when he made his videos. He took care of his students and inspired us to push through any obstacles to reach our goals. And this is why so many people call him “The King” of the Royal Blueprint legacy.
The following are a few posts with some of Chris’s inspiring words.
A Lasting Impression
Again, I’m definitely not in Chris’s inner circle of friends. I wanted to get to know him well, but it just didn’t happen. However, we can all still learn from this incredibly successful entrepreneur. He once posted a great picture and description that should resonate with every entrepreneur:
Often times we think to ourselves that the struggles we go through are unique to us, or that we are limited by our circumstances.
“I can’t do it because…”
“It’s harder for me because…”
“No one understands what I’m going through.”
But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
WE ALL GO THROUGH IT.
We all make sacrifices.
We sacrifice our comfort, time with friends/family, birthdays, our mental health, and even our short term happiness, just so we can get to wherever it is that we’re going.
And that’s not to say it isn’t worth it because hell yes it is.
You always have to remind yourself that the price you’re having to pay is normal.
Pain, stress, adversity, anxiety is the price you have to pay to live the life you want.
The ability to endure, continuously progress and never give up is what will get you the life you want.
So NEVER feel sorry for yourself and understand we ALL go through it. Our struggles are not unique.
The question is, are you willing to do whatever it takes, regardless of your circumstances?
That’s the Chris all of us “royals” know and appreciate. And that’s the memory I want to take with me when the tragedy of his short life hits me again.