8 Inspirational Entrepreneurs
Passion, tolerance for uncertainty and the desire to make a change are qualities shared by all great entrepreneurs.
But there is no fixed rule in becoming a successful entrepreneur.
If you are thinking about starting your own business, here are 8 stories that can inspire you to overcome the obstacles currently standing in your way.
Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc.
Steve Jobs already achieved great success at a young age. In his twenties, Jobs started Apple in his parents’ garage. Within a decade the company blossomed into a $2 billion dollar empire.
But at age 30, Apple’s Board of Directors decided to take the business in a different direction, and Jobs was fired from the company he created. However, Jobs took advantage of his freedom and founded the software company NeXT and animation company Pixar.
As he later said, being fired from Apple was the best thing ever happened to him, because it allowed him to think more creatively and re-experience the joy of starting a new company.
J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter series
The legendary author of Harry Potter books is currently the second-richest female entertainer on the planet, behind Oprah.
However, do you know that when Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book in 1995, it was rejected by 12 publishers? Even Bloomsbury, the publishing house that later purchased Rowling’s manuscript, told the author to “get a day job”. At the time she wrote the book, she was going through a divorce and lived in a small flat with her daughter, surviving on government subsidies – but she turned all these negatives into a positive through writing.
The result is a brand name worth nearly $15 billion. Not bad at all.
Milton Hershey, founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company
Hershey dropped out of school in the 4th grade and took an apprenticeship with a printer. After being fired, he became an apprentice to a candy-maker in Lancaster, PA. After 4 years studying the business, he started three candy companies in Philadelphia, Chicago and New York, all of which failed.
His success started with the establishment of Lancaster Caramel Company, when his unique caramel recipe made the business a huge success. Always looking ahead, Hershey believed that chocolate products had a greater future than caramel. Therefore he sold the caramel company and started the Hershey Company, which brought milk chocolate – previously a Swiss delicacy – to the masses.
Hershey created hundreds of jobs for his hometown, and he also used some of his money to build churches and schools, cementing his status as a legend in the Keystone State.
Walt Disney, Co-founder of Walt Disney Productions
The man who started with a drawing of a mouse has influenced entertainment industry and become an inspiration to both kids and adults alike.
He has created a multi-billion dollar empire through film, theme parks and screenwriting. With his passion for animation, Disney believed in the power of imagination.
His slogan, “if you can dream it, you can do it” later inspired numerous followers.
Muhammad Yunus, banker and Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Professor Yunus believes that people can end the vicious cycle of poverty if they are given small loans and lessons on financial responsibility.
In 1983, he started the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, providing micro financing to local people with the goal of ending poverty. Since then, the Grameen Bank model has been established in more than 100 countries worldwide, helping millions of families alleviate themselves from poverty.
Dr. Yunus also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for being a “Banker to the Poor”.
Jessica Jackley, CEO of ProFounder
Inspired by Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, Jackley moved to East Africa and created Kiva.org with Matt Flannery in 2005.
This is a micro financing website that connects lenders to potential business owners in third world countries. The loans start at $25 and the entrepreneurs return 98% of the loans.
Today, loans that total $225,552,550 have been given to aspiring entrepreneurs.
George Steinbrenner, owner of Yankees
Steinbrenner is known for his shrewd business tactics, but he is also not afraid to put his money where his mouth is.
The Yankees now have the highest payroll in baseball, and they have been in contention every year since the mid-90s. Even when the Cleveland Pipers went bankrupt, Steinbrenner offered to pay back the investors, a promise he eventually made good on.
Oprah Winfrey, host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
Oprah has been called the most inspirational woman of our era, time and time again.
She radically changed her own life from hardships and misfortunes as a child, and built an empire based on her passions.
From hosting her talk show to building her school in Africa, she has been proven a powerhouse in all the business endeavors she has ever encountered.
Ralf Skirr’s comment: I love this article, especially how it brings together people who succeeded in very different ways, not only -as many such articles- big entrepreneurs who built global tech companies, like Apple or Dell.
It may resonate with more people.
On a sidenote: the byline makes me smile. Funny, how authors create the most unusal (euphemism!) bylines to slip in their promotional links. No offense intended. This one is actually one of the more creative bylines. I often reject otherwise good articles for the simple reason of having the most stupid and unrelated bylines ever created by mankind.
I plan on developing this blog to be a place with real authors, who care more about promoting themselves than slipping in (presumably paid) promotional links.Probably not easy, given that guest blogging is dominated by SEO companies. Ach, I’m gonna need some inspiration from the entrepreneurs above! :-)
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