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12 Little Known Facts About Famous Entrepreneurs

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12 Little Known Facts About Famous Entrepreneurs

Perhaps you read a magazine headline today mentioning the latest hot startup. Or you might have watched an interview or TV show mentioning a popular new product. Even more likely is the chance you used your favorite app on your phone today to connect with friends or family.

All of these media experiences have one thing in common: Entrepreneurs!

Entrepreneurs who launch a business and stay with it long enough often bring valuable, practical experiences and commodities into the world. Many of us are often mesmerized by successful entrepreneurs, wondering how they do it.

It’s not always apparent how a person got from point A to point B. Everyone loves success stories, but few know about the grueling stepping stones involved in the sacrifice. Whether you’re a young professional or a seasoned entrepreneur, these stories below will inspire you to remain humble and persistent in your own businesses!

Read on to discover 12 little-known facts about famous entrepreneurs.

1. Colonel Sanders

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    The great Colonel Sanders, iconic founder of the fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), began pursuing his fried chicken dream only after reaching age 65. On top of that, Sanders was rejected 1,009 times before his recipe was accepted by a restaurant willing to franchise. Talk about persistence!

    2. Gary Vaynerchuk

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      The man who built Wine Library–and now owns VaynerMedia–is the legendary Gary Vaynerchuk. Before diving deeply into his father’s existing wine business, Vaynerchuk encountered a number of tear-filled moments with himself while deciding whether or not he wanted to be involved in the family business. He decided to commit, and now Vaynerchuk is widely respected as one of the most influential and savvy marketers alive.

      3. Bill Gates

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        The Microsoft giant has experienced more than the average individual’s share of success. But the personal computing juggernaut has also been arrested. Sure enough, in 1977, young Gates was arrested for driving without a license and ignoring a red light. Not to fear, though; Gates’ life has been a lawful one since!

        4. Josh Tetrick

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          The relatively young founder of Hampton Creek Foods was studying law at the University of Michigan before he came up with his start-up. Since then, the company has seen incredible investments from some of the world’s wealthiest and most prominent tech figures (such as Bill Gates). Hampton Creek Foods is attempting to disrupt the traditional egg industry by building sustainable, vegan alternatives.

          5. Steve Jobs

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            Before Apple, Steve Jobs was working with Steve Wozniak on a game called Breakout for Atari. Jobs was given $5,000 by Atari to develop the game, and he actually lied to Wozniak about the total funding. Jobs claimed the company only provided $700, with Wozniak pocketing $350.

            What did Steve Jobs need the extra cash for? Perhaps he wanted the majority of the funding to use as he saw fit on the project. In any case, Jobs was willing to truly push the boundaries of everyday life to achieve his vision of success.

            6. Larry Ellison

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              In addition to being a college dropout like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison has been heavily involved in the advancement of technology since 1977. If you were to ask a few dozen people on the street who conceived the tablet idea, most folks might think it was Apple. Surprisingly enough, Ellison’s company Oracle was the first to bring a tablet product to market. The Network Computer, a small device capable of basic computing tasks (such as email and Internet browsing), failed to impact consumers due to the lower cost and higher convenience of personal computers.

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              7. Robert Kiyosaki

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                Presently, Robert Kiyosaki is known as one of the most prominent personal finance authors in the world. His books have sold millions of copes, and his name is often mentioned amongst the likes of Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie and Zig Ziglar. What few people know is the exhausting climb Kiyosaki had before lasting success. In the early 1980s, Kiyosaki noticed that heavy metal bands were the new trend, and he subsequently started a business that licensed t-shirts to such bands. As the decade progressed and heavy metal’s heyday waned, the business fell out and his profits collapsed.

                8. Tony Robbins

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                  Tony Robbins, virtually the most acclaimed self-development magnate of all time, failed his way to success over and over again.[1] Most of his followers are well-aware of the stories he shares about his own journey. Even cooler (and more surprising!) are facts about his personal life. For example, not only does Robbins listen to different styles of music, some of his favorite artists are P. Diddy and Tupac!

                  9. Rowland Macy

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                    The founder of the massively successful department store, Rowland Macy, was a serial entrepreneur. Before becoming successful with Macy’s, however, he failed at seven prior business ventures.

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                    10. Joe Fernandez

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                      Fernandez created Klout for people to create more influence on social media platforms. Funnily enough, Fernandez himself has been observed to have a low Klout score!

                      11. Amancio Ortega

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                        Once the richest men in the world for a few hours in October 2015, Ortega is best known for being the founder of the Inditex fashion group, a firm that operates clothing lines and retail stores. Ortega began his foray into the clothing industry when he was just a teen, delivering shirts for another company.

                        12. Warren Buffett

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                          In a similar fashion to Kiyosaki at times, Warren Buffett has pushed through a variety of challenges and setbacks on his path to becoming a highly influential investor. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that he still lives in the same house he bought over 50 years ago. His house is not gated, he drives with no security staff and does not use a cell phone.

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                          [1] Tony Robins: official site

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                          Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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                          Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

                          As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

                          Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

                          According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

                          “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

                          A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

                          What Is Your Personal Brand?

                          “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

                          Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

                          Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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                          I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

                          A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

                          Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

                          Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

                          Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

                          In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

                          According to Castrillon,[2]

                          “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

                          The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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                          As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

                          In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

                          “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

                          When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

                          The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

                          Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

                          The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

                          5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

                          These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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                          1. Set Your Personal Goals

                          What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

                          2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

                          Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

                          1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
                          2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
                          3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
                          4. What makes you different from others like you?

                          The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

                          3. Write Your Professional Story

                          Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

                          4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

                          Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

                          5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

                          A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

                          The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

                          Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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                          As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

                          Other People’s Stories

                          Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

                          Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

                          Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

                          “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

                          So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

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