Life gives chances to those who look for them. People say that success happens suddenly, to some extent that is a truth, success is a matter of moments, but to achieve those moments people with courage and valor strive day and night without giving value to themselves. They give importance to their time and utilize it in altering their condition from nothing to someone who matters. Their stories are motivating and inspirational for all of us who want to someone in this world. Let’s have a look at the struggles of those heroes which are an inspiration for all of us. Most of the successful stories made it to mainstream media but there are still yet to explored in those stories and stories like them – that can inspire them. I noticed a couple of success stories on my spectrum TV lately, which instigated me to read and research more. So, here is the list:
From needy Ukrainian immigrant to the lord of Silicon Valley, the story of Jan Koum. He has the most inspirational story as he was born and raised in a village on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine. Koum was the only child of a simple housewife and a construction laborer. Their living conditions were very worse. He immigrated to California with his mother when he was 16 only. At the age of 18, his intelligence made him an expert computer hacker. In 1997 he was hired by Yahoo on the position of Infrastructure engineer. In January 2009, an iPhone which he bought for himself gave birth to too many ideas which were the production of whole new industry. On February 24, 2009, he came up with the hugest idea of the world famous app, WhatsApp Inc. in California. In 2014 Facebook brought WhatsApp and it gave a huge profit to Mark Zuckerberg that Koum became the most talked entrepreneur overnight and the beginning of a new era of his success begun.
“Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.”
- Scott Peck
Larry was born to an unwed Jewish mother, in New York City. His father was n Italian American US Air Force pilot, yet when he was just nine months old, his mother gave him to her aunt and uncle for adoption. He suffered the bad and distant behavior of his stepfather, as an adopted child. He was an intelligent yet and inattentive student in school. Due to the psychological and emotional trauma he faced after the death of his adoptive mother he left the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign after his second year without taking his final exams, there he encountered computer design in 1966 at the age of 22. This became his first step towards success. In 1982, the company became Oracle System Corporation after the flagship product, the Oracle database. As of now, he is the owner of stakes in Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Quark Biotechnology Inc. what’s more, Astex Pharmaceuticals. In September 2011, he was sufficiently lucky to be named the fifth wealthiest man on the planet by Forbes. He is still the third richest man in America, with a net worth of about $36.5 billion.
Here I would like to share the story of an Indian man Dhirubhai Ambani, from Dhirubhai_Ambanilndia. He is the founder of Reliance industries, he was the son of Hiachandbhai, a school teacher and Jamanaben. His parents have five kids. During his childhood, he used to setup bajia stalls. For searching good opportunities he went to Yemen, at the age of 17 and work as a dispatch clerk for A. Besse. A long time later, the organization progressed toward becoming a wholesaler for Shell items and Dhirubhai was promoted as a director of an oil station at port Yemen. He had a dream of setting up his own oil refinery, which later brought about petrochemicals project of his own, After coming back to India, he started his first textile mill in Ahmednagar, Though his business was a huge success, there were some ambiguities regarding some transactions which were illegal. But those allegations were proved wrong after investigation, by 2007 Ambani family was the second richest family in the world.
An American business person, Sam-Walton was the owner of a grocery store now has the Walmart general store chain. He has combined a fortune of above $23 billion. He has deteriorated a considerable amount over helping his family in money related emergency. He even once delivered the daily paper and cow milk. He likewise filled in as an attendant. He joined Us Army during World War II. he left army at the age of 26 and started managing a variety store.
He took a loan and bought his first store, and then established his second store and after a day and night struggle within 3 years, his sales grew to $225,000. Initially, Wal-Mart opened on July 2, 1962, in Rogers, Arkansas. He was positioned as the wealthiest individual in the US from 1982 to 1988. He claimed 1,960 Wal-Mart stores, where 380,000 individuals were working, which clocked yearly sales of around $50 billion, until the time of his demise.
Famous American Industrialist, founder of Carnegie Steel- was the son of a poor handloom weaver in Scotland. Andrew_Carnegie lived in one room house, with worse living conditions. Where they used to sleep so that they can forget hunger. His family migrated to the US for finding a way to defeat starvation. He got his first job at the age of 13 as a bobbin boy. He was inspired by Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Rob Roy. He then worked as telegraph messenger boy. A true entrepreneur, he was a hard worker, and soon got promoted. He learned about business and industry from a library charter spectrum. He also did railroad jobs. He began investing in steel and oil companies that earned him a huge profit. By, 1889, Carnegie Steel Corporation was the largest of its kind in the world he went to become the richest man in the world.
Tim Ferris says,
“Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you it can’t be done. Life’s too short to think small.”
A story that begins with a major brain injury to becoming an innovative genius. He founded over 20 successful companies which include the most recent ventures with inspirer and Skinlt, which enables you to create custom skins for everything from a smartphone to video game controllers. He faced a car accident in his early 20s that gave him amnesia and unusual brain damage. This unlocked the genius in his brain. He learned the technique of becoming utterly successful in tech startup world. In less than three years, Skinlt isolatedly grew to $100 million.
A story of a woman who gave up her whole life so that she could attain the perfect American dream of the successful business owner. She immigrated to the US from Venezuela before creating Optime Consulting, with a new gross of $12 million in sales annually.
“I started off from zero without any external support … with a computer engineering degree and a dream. I had all the odds against me: I was in a male-ruled occupation, a young mother with one more on its way and a vision.”
Vishen Lakhiani used his knowledge and obsession turned in to passion and profession. He created a multimillion-dollar enterprise from his teaching service. He is the creator of Mind valley which provides a huge platform for authors, and creative thought leaders for self-transformation into something very useful, through this they give their knowledge a new path from digital courses and seminars. Lakhiani is a motivational speaker and offers his own seminars, where he provides grooming by sharing personal experiences.
Harriet Mill got fired after delivering a baby with no saving and future holds was a cruel reality. She didn’t panicked and started her own company Wine & Design which grew from a single location to 75 across the country. Her devotion and skill of handling the situation brought her where she stands now.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
For GooRoo founder Scott Lee, that metaphor is especially poignant.
Founder of GooRoo Scott Lee was the one who turned the business world to a battlefield for gaining success. He is native of South Korea, where he has also served in the military for two years for maintaining the citizenship in the homeland. He shares his terrific training experience for the combat was the perfect training for becoming an entrepreneur. He shares his experience by using the following description.
“The army works much like a startup—you’re part of a small team with huge tasks, and you have to work together to problem solve on a daily basis. At any given minute, there can be thousands of barriers in your way. You might have a part or title, however, in all actuality, you wear numerous caps and get the opportunity to investigate your qualities.”
He is a Harvard MBA by the time he was 23, he traveled very fast through several stages of life due to his intelligence, but he also faced a little ambiguity in doing so. IguanaFix was founded by him because he wanted this in his own life, platform which is similar to TaskRabbit but it focuses only on personal repair and home improvement services from plumbing to electrical work. He has a personal story behind every service his company provides.
“Dream big. Start small. But most of all, start.”
From all the above stories we came to realize that if a man decided to achieve something nothing in this world can stop him. No matter what you are a waiter to a mother if you have the control over your skills you can be the one you want to be. As Scott Belsky says
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”
How to Get Sh*t Done will teach you how to zero in on the three areas of your life where you want to excel, and then it will show you how to off-load, outsource, or just stop giving a damn about the rest.