We know a lot of successful entrepreneurs around the world and in this article I’d like to share some brief inspirational stories of them. I hope these short stories can inspire and motivate us in our journey to become a successful entrepreneur
1. Sam Walton (1918 – 1992)
He is the founder of Wal-Mart (the largest public corporation according to the Forbes Global 2000) and Sam’s Club.
Inspirational story: When he opened his first store, his store always stayed open later than the most other stores, especially during Christmas season.
2. Colonel Sanders (1890 – 1980)
He is the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) which is one of the largest fast food corporation in the world.
Inspirational story: In the age of 65 years old he tried to franchise his fried chicken receipt to restaurant owners, he went door to door by driving car. He got 1009 “No” answers before getting his first “Yes” answers from a restaurant owner who wanted to sell his fried chicken.
3.Mary Kay Ash (1918 – 2001)
He is the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.
Inspirational story: She led the company based on her strong Christian faith. She told her employees to prioritize their life with God first, family second, and work third.
4. Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931)
He is a famous inventor of light bulb, scientist, and businessman.
Inspirational story: He was failed thousands times in experiments while inventing light bulb.
5. Henry Ford (1863 – 1947)
He is the founder of the Ford Motor company. As owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world.
Inspirational story: At 15 years old, he worked as a watch repairman. In 1891 he started his career as an engineer and he built a company in 1899 which was not successful. Finally Ford Motor Company was built in 1903.
6. Warren Buffett (1930 – Present)
He is one of most successful investor in the world. In 2009, he was ranked as the world’s second richest person.
Inspirational story: When he was a child, he went door to door selling weekly magazines, Coca Cola, and gum.
7. Bill Gates (1955 – Present)
He is the founder Microsoft Corporation, consistently ranked among the wealthiest people.
Inspirational story: In 1975 he was dropped out from Harvard University and started a company together with his friend Paul Allen.
8. Michael Dell (1965 – Present)
He is the founder of Dell Inc. and one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Inspirational story: He started his business idea in 1984 with just $1000 by providing affordable personal computers to college students.
9. Ingvar Kamprad (1926 – Present)
He is the founder of IKEA (the world’s largest furniture retailer) and one of the world’s richest men.
Inspirational story: He founded IKEA at age 17, he got the capital from a reward that he received from his father for doing well in school.
10. Oprah Winfrey (1954 – Present)
She is a television host, actress, producer, and the first black woman billionaire in America history with a lot of business accomplishments and awards.
Inspirational story: When Fortune Magazine interviewed her, she said “I don’t think of myself as a businesswoman. The only time I think about being a businesswoman is now, while I’m talking to you. There’s this part of me that’s afraid of what will happen if I believe it all.“