“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
Mark Twain was Samuel Langhorne Clemens‘ pen name. He was a prolific humorist and author whose work still dominates the world, especially when it comes to adventure stories. Everyone has read or heard about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, two of his most popular characters. The author was always fascinated with technology and science. In fact, he developed a very tight relationship with Nikola Tesla. He spent a lot of time in his laboratory, only to admire his work and learn more about this industry. He also patented three inventions. He was born along with Halley’s Comet, in 1835. He predicted that he will go out with it, in 1910. He had a heart attack in 1910 and passed away, so his prediction was correct.
”There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.”
Colin Luther Powell is a retired general in the United States of America, as well as a prolific statesman. He served George W. Bush as a Secretary of State. He became the first African American to obtain this position. Aside from his military and political ventures, he has also proven a very powerful entrepreneurial spirit. For example, he published his thirteen rules of leadership in a magazine. According to these rules, he believed that you need to pay attention to small things, have a decent vision and keep your calmness and kindness. This is how he has succeeded in life.
“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.”
Born in 1918 and deceased in 1992, Samuel Moore Walton was a prolific entrepreneur and businessman in the United States of America. He is better known for establishing the popular retailers Sam’s Club and Walmart. He began his ventures with some money he borrowed from his father-in-law, in 1945. He was only 26 years old back then. He passed away due to a harsh form of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. Soon after his death, the news was relayed by satellite to all the Walmart stores at the exact same time. His vision remained alive and keeps running the retailer though.
“My son is now an entrepreneur. That is what you are called when you do not have a job.”
Born in 1938, Ted Turner is a media mogul, a philanthropist and a world renowned entrepreneur. He is responsible for establishing CNN, the first news channel to run round the clock. He has also founded WTBS. On the other hand, he has also had a huge impact over various organizations as a philanthropist. For instance, he has donated $1 billion to the United Nations. The organization used the money to create the United Nations Foundation. All in all, his career began quite early. He was only 24 when he took over his father’s business after he committed suicide. While he was very young and inexperienced, he had the vision to keep it going and take it to the next level though.
“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
Born in 1928 and deceased in 2012, Vidal Sassoon was a businessman, philanthropist and talented hairdresser. He is credited with developing the popular wedge bob hairstyle. He relocated in the United States of America in 1965, then he came up with a prolific chain of hairstyling salons that simply conquered the world. His new line of products became world renowned in no time. He used to say that if you do not look good, his company does not look good. It was one of the most inspiring commercials in this domain. A film about his life was released in 2010 too.