How can you benefit from using social media? It seems like an awful lot of busy work, so is it really worth it? Read on for a list of successes that others have had with social media and get inspired to follow in their footsteps. We all know that Barack Obama has owed much of his meteoric rise to his highly skillful and successful use of social media. But he’s far from the only one who has used them to great effect.The success stories come from huge corporations to small businesses to individuals alike. There’s no special requirement other than that you get to it and learn the rules of the game and play nice. Here, in no particular order, are 7 people who have had tremendous success by using Twitter, LinkedIn, and/or Facebook.1) Len Foley got 1.7 million views on YouTube and as a result now makes about $11,000 in passive per month. All of that from a $82 video he created! What can you create for YouTube that will get you attention?2) Carrie Wilkerson has built her business from practically nothing into a highly successful coaching and seminar business by skillfully leveraging social media.3) Gary Vaynerchuk became an internet wine celebrity, which got him a Million dollar book deal from Harper.4) Network Marketer Roger Moody won a big MLM prize — and has so many leads that he no longer needs to buy them.5) Tim Ferriss of Four Hour Workweek fame has exploded his business with blogging and by using Facebook and Twitter. In fact, his social media savvy was surely what has kept his book on the New York Times bestseller list for what seems like forever.6) Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, who was plenty successful even before the advent of Twitter and Co has expanded his empire and now gets the word out to hundreds of thousands of people who never knew of him before.7) And to show it’s not just business… Kendra Ramirez got her brother a live-saving liver transplant by using LinkedIn.Get any ideas yet? Or are you feeling intimidated by all the celebrities? How about this example:8) Kimberly Smith went from zero to 1150 followers in 5 weeks. That’s very doable. And if that means that you’re not all that impressed, consider this: in her 3rd week she had 3 new clients!And she’s hardly alone. Individuals, small business owners, independent professional service providers, they all are well represented on Twitter and Facebook, and build their relationship with their followers with a blog. It’s all about giving your future clients and customers a chance to get to know, like, and trust you, and today you have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve that.So if you haven’t gotten a Twitter and a Facebook account, get one now. If you haven’t gotten a blog yet, it’s about time. Unless, of course, you’re not interested in building your business, but if that were the case you wouldn’t be reading this article, right?