Sometimes it’s easy to look at successful people and think that they’ve always been this way and operating at that level.

The journey isn’t something that we focus on, partly because the journey wasn’t documented in the same way as their lives are now.

However, one platform that does give us a glimpse into the journey is Instagram.

Instagram stores all of the photos the user has uploaded since they began, (unless deleted by the user) and lays them all out in chronological order creating the perfect rags to riches timeline.

Below are some of the first ever uploaded photos from male instagrammers who are now globally known. The difference in quality is staggering, which shows anyone just starting out, that success is a journey, it takes time.

No one has all of the pieces from the outset, it’s how you improve day by day that gets you to the eventual end goal.


Blake Scott | @blakescott

Blake is known for fashion on Instagram and has built up a following of nearly half a million. If you take a look at his before and after photos, you can see there’s a clear upgrade in quality, the level of production and intentions.

Adam Gallagher | @iamgalla

Adam is also known for fashion and has amassed a following of 2 million. His current content is some of the best in the world, yet looking at his old photos, you can see a young man with a dream working with what he had and then building upon that.

Davidson Petit-Frere | @davidson_frere

Davidson is a fashion designer. He’s worked with the likes of Kevin Hart and Paul Pogba and has a following close to 200k. Davidson’s execution has improved greatly, you can see that every photo is now a pageant, whereas before it was merely documenting his life.

Tom Claeren | @tomclaren

Tom runs a luxury lifestyle magazine and lives in Monaco. His life looks pretty perfect and I’m sure it is. But his before and after photos tell us about his journey. The content has gone from attainable for the average person, to outright ridiculous.

Jim Chapman | @jimchapman

Jim began as a YouTuber and ended up landing a job with GQ. Jim’s photos again have changed over the course of his Instagram life. He’s followed the Davidson route, where the earliest content documents his life, and the most recent content has an extra edge to it and looks more professional.

Ryan Clark | @ryanstylesnyc

Ryan began as someone who was into fashion. Now he’s wearing Gucci and flying on private planes. His content has clearly levelled up and it’s reached that unobtainable stage for anyone starting out.

Mario Rodriguez | @mario8855

Mario is a male model and has a following of close to 1 million. Mario’s first photos involve low quality selfies on low quality phones. Over time we see more professional shoots and projects on his feed, which clearly again shows that success doesn’t begin and end at the same point, even the best travel down the road of progression.

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Sometimes it’s easy to look at successful people and think that they’ve always been this way and operating at that level.

The journey isn’t something that we focus on, partly because the journey wasn’t documented in the same way as their lives are now.

However, one platform that does give us a glimpse into the journey is Instagram.

Instagram stores all of the photos the user has uploaded since they began, (unless deleted by the user) and lays them all out in chronological order creating the perfect rags to riches timeline.

Below are some of the first ever uploaded photos from male instagrammers who are now globally known. The difference in quality is staggering, which shows anyone just starting out, that success is a journey, it takes time.

No one has all of the pieces from the outset, it’s how you improve day by day that gets you to the eventual end goal.


 

Blake Scott | @blakescott

Blake is known for fashion on Instagram and has built up a following of nearly half a million. If you take a look at his before and after photos, you can see there’s a clear upgrade in quality, the level of production and intentions.

 

Adam Gallagher | @iamgalla

Adam is also known for fashion and has amassed a following of 2 million. His current content is some of the best in the world, yet looking at his old photos, you can see a young man with a dream working with what he had and then building upon that.

 

Davidson Petit-Frere | @davidson_frere

Davidson is a fashion designer. He’s worked with the likes of Kevin Hart and Paul Pogba and has a following close to 200k. Davidson’s execution has improved greatly, you can see that every photo is now a pageant, whereas before it was merely documenting his life.

 

Tom Claeren | @tomclaren

Tom runs a luxury lifestyle magazine and lives in Monaco. His life looks pretty perfect and I’m sure it is. But his before and after photos tell us about his journey. The content has gone from attainable for the average person, to outright ridiculous.

 

Jim Chapman | @jimchapman

Jim began as a YouTuber and ended up landing a job with GQ. Jim’s photos again have changed over the course of his Instagram life. He’s followed the Davidson route, where the earliest content documents his life, and the most recent content has an extra edge to it and looks more professional.

 

Ryan Clark | @ryanstylesnyc

Ryan began as someone who was into fashion. Now he’s wearing Gucci and flying on private planes. His content has clearly levelled up and it’s reached that unobtainable stage for anyone starting out.

 

Mario Rodriguez | @mario8855

Mario is a male model and has a following of close to 1 million. Mario’s first photos involve low quality selfies on low quality phones. Over time we see more professional shoots and projects on his feed, which clearly again shows that success doesn’t begin and end at the same point, even the best travel down the road of progression.