Christopher Morley said, “There is only one success: to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
To succeed we only have to dream the dream worth pursuing. Meaning the thing within that fills us with passion. Passion drives the dream.
In 1996 24-year-old former college football player Kevin Plank in debt for $40, 000 had borrowed heavily on credit cards. Similar to Steve Jobs who only made an existing product better, Plank noticed how the material in compression shorts stayed dry. He created his own shirts and shorts from the same material. Selling his first products to Georgia Tech for $17,000 he then turned sales into $100,000 two years later. Today his company Under Armour does $2 billion in sales with nearly 6,000 employees. The idea doesn’t have to be original.
Plank fives this advice to would be entrepreneurs: “You need to put your hands around the throat of your business, and you need to run it. There’s no other way.”
Additional traits are:
They Love What They Do
A very remarkable story that reveals this is that of Steve Jobs (American entrepreneur, marketer and inventor as well as the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc).
In 1976, when he was 21 years old, he and his friend (Steve Wozniak) started Apple Computers from the Jobs’ family garage. Apple went public on Dec 12, 1980 with a value of 1.2 billion dollars on its first day! In the next few years, Apple suffered significant design flaws that resulted in IBM suddenly surpassing Apple in sales. By 1985, Apple forced Jobs to resign from the company he co-founded!
He picked himself up quickly and started a new hardware and software enterprise he called “Next” To cut the long story short, in 1996, Apple purchased “Next” for $429 Million and eventually hired Jobs as the CEO.
They Don’t Stop Until They Get There
I remember hearing the story of Colonel Sanders (founder of KFC) sometime ago. He drove all over America and offered his fried chicken recipe for a certain percentage of the sales. He knocked on several doors, slept in his car and carried on walking around in his white suit even though he already got 1,009 refusals! On the 1,010th time, he finally got a “yes”.[…]
via Addicted 2 Success.
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