Success Stories to inspire the Entrepreneur within you
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
The journey of Steve Jobs has and will always inspire successful entrepreneurs across the world. His expedition as a college dropout of making the ends meet to getting considerable exposure to the world of computer while working on game software in Atari and letter co-founding Apple with his partners Steve Wozniak and Ron Wayne is known to many young aspirants by heart.
While Apple’s Steve Jobs is a role model for many, these wacky successful entrepreneurs such as Howard Schultz and Emily Weiss have considerably impacted society and the young minds through their inspiring journey. So, without further ado, let’s go behind the scenes and seek much-needed inspiration from the successful entrepreneurs’ stories during the COVID crisis.
#1 John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria is as much of a household name as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. And his struggles are an inspiration for the young aspirants today. John started as a newspaper carrier and worked many jobs as a janitor and tow truck driver during his struggling days to make ends meet. After shifting jobs, he eventually joined a haircare company, where he met Paul Mitchell.
The duo started a business together with a loan of $700.Years later that business has turned into the conglomerate under the name of John Paul Mitchell Systems. You might recognize the names Patron Spirits and House of Chains which were also co-founded by DeJoria making him worth more than $3.1 billion.
#2 Pierre Omidyar
Along with personal care grooming, technology has become an inevitable part of our lives, especially online shopping. Did you know how eBay, the popular e-commerce site came into the picture? In 1995, Pierre Omidyar, a computer programmer started a website by the AuctionWeb to auction his stuff.
However, after receiving the huge response and website traffic Pierre upgraded to a business internet account and started charging people for auctioning their stuff on his website, which later turned into e-commerce giant eBay.
#3 Emily Weiss
Personal blogging out of interest or passion is not new these days. But what makes it different is the blogger’s passion and diligence to make difference out of their endeavors. What started as an endeavor of interviewing influential women for her blog ‘Into the Gloss’ soon turned into direct-to-consumer international cosmetic brand Glossier.
#4 The Howard Schultz
Starbucks is a household name even for not-so-coffee enthusiasts. While the brand has franchises all over the world, it was a trip to Milan that inspired young marketers working for Seattle coffee bean roaster to open an upscaling espresso café.
At the time, his employer uninterested in owning a coffee shop sold him the brand name, Starbucks, and even agreed to fund Schultz, which has turned into the brand we know now.
#5 Jasmine Crowe
Hunger has been a burning issue across the world for a while. On the other hand, the amount of food wastage every day is another alarm going off of the high-end lifestyles. If only there was a medium to manage excess foods from the parties and events to feed the hungry? This thought has inspired many successful entrepreneurs in different countries including Jasmine Crowe.
In 2017, Jasmine founded Goodr, a sustainable excess food management platform that uses technology to reduce food wastage and hunger.
These are just a few names that came out shining with their work not only bettering their own conditions but impacting others and leading society to be a better place for the future. And who knows, some of you reading this right now could the next stars to shine in the successful entrepreneurial world. You just need to channel your passion and zeal in the right direction.
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