In success stories we take a look at some of the most successful people in history and breakdown their lives and tips to success. Today we’re looking at YouTuber, GQ presenter and Public figure Jim Chapman.



Name: James Alfred Chapman

DOB: December, 28, 1987

Net Worth: $1.5m

Initial Age Of Success: 23/24

Successful For: Vlogging, GQ presenter, Social Media


Early Life

  • Born in Wilby, UK
  • Graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in psychology
  • Decided to go travelling with his brother and girlfriend
  • When he got back he realized that his life hadn’t really gone anywhere and was encouraged by his girlfriend to start a YouTube channel as something to put his mind to on weekends as she also had recently started her own channel


  • Jim created his YouTube channel in 2010 uploading videos such as “camping tips this summer”
  • Over time Jim’s channel began to grow and it wasn’t long before he was getting invited to events especially for YouTubers
  • As his following continued to grow, he was invited to work for GQ as a presenter within their fashion sections
  • Jim was involved in many GQ features which we frequently display on MSI
  • Voted Britain’s 17th best dressed man in 2015
  • Married his girlfriend in 2015


Current Life

  • GQ presenter and has his own column in their magazine
  • Has a huge social media following on multiple platforms with a reach of over 5 million
  • Voted GQ’s best dressed man by the readers of GQ
  • Writes blogs and continues to upload YouTube content
  • Occasional modelling
  • Jim also has his own stationary range which can be found in many big name retailers
  • Jim was the presenter of a BBC documentary “Rise Of The Super-Vlogger

Top Traits

  • Likability
  • Ability to deal with criticism
  • Expressive
  • Confident
  • Friendly
  • Openness

Top Tips For Success

  • Be yourself
  • Collaborate with others
  • Be relevant
  • Be memorable
  • Be consistent
  • Be reliable
  • Give it time

What Can We Learn From Jim?

  • It’s important to remain true to yourself. Jim happily admits that he was an awkward and lanky boy from Norwich England. Yet today he’s got millions of followers, was voted the best dressed man by GQ readers and can call himself a professional model. It’s funny how there’s always people out there who will support you if you’re true to yourself.
  • Passion takes you places. When he started his YouTube channel it was for a hobby. Nobody was making money in the beginning which tells you everything you need to know. Jim simply produced content that he wanted to produce and people got on-board with him and his channel.