Entrepreneurs across the globe are turning their ideas into business every day. Every so often, one particular businessman or woman stands out from the crowd and serves as an inspiration for other enterprising minds. Meet six entrepreneurs who have inspired us, and see how they will motivate you to be your best.
Richard Branson is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises over 400 companies ranging from travel to lifestyle to food and drink. This prolific tycoon has was knighted for his service to entrepreneurship.
Why He Will Inspire You: Branson has had the entrepreneur spirit his entire life. First, at the age of sixteen, he started his first business venture, a magazine called Student. That spark grew into a wildfire that has taken over the business world.
A classic example of a businessman, Andrew Carnegie led the expansion of the steel industry in the late 1800s. The merger of Carnegie Steel Company and J.P. Morgan resulted in the U.S. Steel Corporation.
Why He Will Inspire You: Carnegie was not just about making money–he also wanted to improve society. As a result, his article “The Gospel of Wealth” encouraged hard work and perseverance, as well as philanthropic endeavors.
Oprah is the queen of media–her revolutionary talk show open doors for a magazine, a book club, a TV channel, and much more. Furthermore, she has even influenced legislation on child abuse.
Why She Will Inspire You: Oprah’s life is a true “started from the bottom” story. The abuse in her childhood did not prevent her from pursuing a media degree and being named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the twentieth century.
Mary Kay Ash
This businesswoman was the founder of one of the most successful direct sales companies, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Ash’s goal was to inspire women to “transform their lives,” and the company now has 3.5 million independent consultants.
Why She Will Inspire You: Mary Kay knows that incentives and rewards create high performance. It started when Ash rewarded top sellers with pink cars. Consequently, this has become a tradition that has carried on to this day and has expanded to other intensives.
As the founder of SpaceX and the co-founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk is the CEO behind some huge technological advancements. His goals of sustainability stem from his desire to solve “problems that are most likely to affect the future of the world.”
Why He Will Inspire You: One of Musk’s greatest skills is capturing people’s imagination. His next planned adventure: a mission to Mars. Musk explained that “just as with the establishment of the English colonies, there are people who love that. They want to be the pioneers.”
Best known as the author of the Harry Potter book series, JK Rowling has influenced the young adult and fantasy genres in both literature and film. In fact, the final book in the series broke records, selling 9 million copies the first day.
Why She Will Inspire You: Rowling really knew how to make magic happen…not giving up. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was submitted to twelve publishing houses, all of which rejected the manuscript. In conclusion, she succeeded none the less.
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