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Chad Ehlers, also known by his influencer name da_chad, has dealt with immense hardship in his young life. He lost his wife to depression, he was homeless at 17 years old. He put himself through college while raising his daughter. Last July his youngest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia. Rather than dwelling on all of the hard circumstances life has thrown at him, Chad has used the story of what he’s been through to save as many people as possible.
After leaving his career as a nurse to pursue a full-time role as an influencer, Chad started the Chad Change movement with the intention of changing as many lives as he possibly could using his growing social media platform. He has been able to grow the movement, and has over 350 influencers on board using their platforms to let people know that they have a voice and are supported with whatever challenges they’re facing.
Managing the Chad Change while taking care of his daughter has been incredibly difficult, but the constant outpouring of gratitude from people saying Chad saved their lives makes it more than worth it. Chad has heard firsthand that his movement has saved lives, and being able to have such a positive influence on his followers gives him daily motivation to continue growing his platform.
Not only does the Chad Change make a positive impact on a large scale, but it’s also extremely interactive and lighthearted. They give support to a different charity every month. Chad hosts Zoom sessions where he teaches his fans new dances, and anyone from his audience is welcome to join. He is able to connect with his audience on a personal level, and each class is filled with fun and laughter. Crazy enough, his dance sessions even attracted someone as influential as Coolio. He said he was amazed at how upbeat and fun the sessions were and loved that Chad was using dance to make people laugh and forget about the stress of the day.
Now that Chad has a massive platform on Tik Tok, his one regret is not building a following on all social media platforms at the same time. His growth on Tik Tok has been tremendous, but he is just now realizing the power of using all social media in unison and connecting them all as an influencer. While this isn’t a major problem, it’s a testament to Chad’s continued commitment to growing his brand and making the Chad Change big enough to impact people by the millions.