Teepee to Tesla: The Forest Linden Story

Twenty years ago, Forest Linden was living in a Teepee in the mountains near a town called Gold Hill, Colorado

At the time, he was living on less than $7,000 a year, positioning him well below the poverty line. Forest could live life off the land, but he didn’t know how to make money. He knew that he didn’t want to live this life forever, but he didn’t know how to get from where he was to where he wanted to be. Through an unexpected chain of events, Forest eventually found himself as the Owner and Founder of a highly successful eLearning course. 

Financial Freedom

Moral Duty

The Challenge

No clear path. Forest had his sights set on achieving financial freedom, but he didn’t know what steps he needed to take in order to move from life in poverty to one without concern for income.

Limited technological understanding. Forest begins his journey as a man living a very humble life. During this time, he is very removed from technology and the new opportunities being presented during the rise of the internet.

Forest’s Journey to Online Course Supremacy

  1. Forest starts his journey living out of a teepee in Colorado, searching for a job. After some time, he was able to land a manual labour job - working on a construction site. He proceeded to work an assortment of manual labour jobs, depending on his body to provide income. He knew this wasn’t sustainable. He was in search of a career where he could leverage his intellect instead of expensing his body. 
  2. In his spare time, Forest took to reading. He found particular interest in the works of a modern philosopher named Ken Willber. This eventually led Forest to apply for, and be hired on, as an Associate Editor for Ken’s journal at the Integral Institute. Forest quickly became one of Ken’s top students, but knew that this would be just the beginning of his career growth.
  3. Before long, Forest was acquiring offers from companies that were looking to implement elements of Ken’s theory in their technological development. Forest would eventually take a job with a tech startup that was designing a virtual reality (VR) interface and wanted to apply Ken’s transpersonal theory to that design. This was Forest’s first experience in the tech sector, and one that gave Forest the skills he would need to build the career of his dreams.
  4. Following some unforeseen personal changes, Forest and his wife would then move back to Boulder, Colorado, and Forest would go on to found his first business - a website design agency. During this time he specialized in WordPress and Joomla website builds. Through his work as a freelancer, Forest realized that there might be a greater opportunity in teaching others how to build their own websites as opposed to doing the work himself.
  5. Forest was then hired by a company that sold Joomla themes and was looking to create an online university for their customers. After creating an online course and generating hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue (in the first year alone), Forest decided it was time to step back into the entrepreneurial limelight. 
  6. Forest’s first independent course was called “Tech Husband” and was built for female entrepreneurs who were struggling to build a platform to sell online courses. This was around 2010 when most of the online course platforms were new and difficult to use (ex. Kajabi). 
  7. Forest recognized this need for guidance and taught women how to use the tools available at that time (Kajabi, WordPress, Mailchimp, etc) to build online courses and handle online payments and processing. Business was beginning to boom. The only problem was that Forest began to recognize that there was just as much demand from men who were interested in producing online course materials. That’s when Forest decided to rebrand his business as Clarity Lab. 
  8. Not only was Forest able to build a highly successful and profitable eLearning business, but Forest was also referring so much traffic to Kajabi through his affiliate work that he was awarded a brand new Tesla. 
  9. From Teepee to Tesla.

Result and Impact 

Financial Freedom

From $7,000 a year to the Founder & Owner of a highly profitable and successful eLearning program, Forest Linden was able to transform his life through the creation of an online course. 

Moral Duty

Forest spends his days helping and educating people that don’t necessarily have the know-how required to build their own online course dreams, so that they too can realize their potential and share their knowledge with the world.

Forest Linden not only found a meaningful and fulfilling career through the creation of an online course, he also found success. And Forest is just one of many who have been able to use their knowledge and their expertise to build the lives of their dreams.

Forest was instrumental in helping courseCREEK founder, Robert Lunte build courseCREEK in the earliest stages. Much of Forest's mentorship is echoed throughout the courseCREEK approach toward customer service, the knowledge of top LMS systems, and the critical importance of writing persuasive copy. Today Forest is a trusted advisor and referral partner of courseCREEK. Forest trusts that courseCREEK will take care of his consulting clients.

The Teepee To Tesla Story

Forest comments on "The Lunte Funnel". Referring to our unique Platform Funnel strategy

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