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Everything We Can Learn from the Most Famous Entrepreneurs Around the World

Everything We Can Learn from the Most Famous Entrepreneurs Around the World

Does your business seem like it’s about to fail? Do bills pile up and customers don’t come no matter what you do? Instead of giving up, you can learn from the most famous entrepreneurs around the world and follow their examples in finding efficient answers for problems.

Their solutions are different in execution, but they all boil down to these principles:

  • Never stop trying – giving up removes any chance of success.
  • Grab every opportunity – it’ll provide you with resources to accomplish your ultimate goal.
  • Stay focused on your goal but expand your vision – developing in new directions will help you improve and provide additional resources.
  • Turn every failure into a learning experience – use the time you have now to learn something new and try a different approach.
  • Be patient and persevere – understand that success doesn’t come overnight and one has to work hard to achieve it.

Learn from the Most Famous Entrepreneurs: Examples of Perseverance

Let’s learn about some of the most famous entrepreneurs and get inspired by their stories.

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1. Milton Hershey (Hershey’s)

    Hershey started three candy companies in different cities, and each of them failed. He kept trying starting the Lancaster Caramel Company, as caramel was the most popular sweet at the time. Once it got rolling, he sold it to start Hershey’s as he believed that chocolate was the treat of the future.

    2. Todd Graves (Raising Cane’s)

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      Graves’ chicken fingers restaurant business plan was failed by the professors in class and rejected by banks. He did not give up and worked extremely long hours (90-hour weeks) to raise money and start his first restaurant on his own.

      3. Earl Silas Tupper (Tupperware)

        Tupper’s first business went bankrupt, and he barely managed to get a job during the Great Depression. He was hired by the DuPont Chemical company, where he created his first containers and started selling them everywhere he could. The sales were low despite the quality and ingenious design. Eventually, he tried a new approach and established ‘Tupperware parties, suggested by one of the sales executives Brownie Wise.

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        4. Osman Minkara (CIG Capital Advisors)

          Minkara started his business career in the US from the American Express Financial Advisors where he learned all about how to generate more sales leads through cold calls and developed leadership skills. He started his company from the savings he made, but as it began growing, almost all his financial advisors and their clients were seduced away by a competitor. Instead of giving up, Minkara chose to rebuild it from scratch, changing his targeted group of customers and developing a unique line of services. Now his company manages over $200 million wealth.

          5. Nick Woodman (GoPro)

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            Woodman started and failed as an entrepreneur two times. He was reduced to moving in back with parents before trying again and giving his all to GoPro, which turned into a staggering success.

            6. Simon Cowell (American Idol, X-Factor)

              Bouncing between jobs since he was 15, Cowell finally discovered his passion for music production when he got hired by the EMI Music Publishing (worked in a mail room). His first independent publishing company failed within a year, and he went to a small music company where he stayed for eight years and worked to pay off his huge debts. Then he continued working with talents behind the scenes before he finally managed to launch his most successful franchises.

              To Become a Successful Entrepreneur: Never Give Up

              There are hundreds of stories similar to these, but all these entrepreneurs teach one most important lesson. One should never give up.

              If your original idea fails, don’t just beat the same path. Develop a new approach and try again and again.

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              What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

              What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

              Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

              Can I Be Creative?

              The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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              How Creativity Works

              Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

              What Really Is Creativity?

              Creativity Needs an Intention

              Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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              Creativity Is a Skill

              At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

              Start Connecting the Dots

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