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11 Powerful Entrepreneurial Stories To Learn From!

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"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Distinction in a person comes with his ability to take severe blows and staying put in the ring. He may lose a match but never his game. Sure they face let downs and frustration, but they don’t get down on themselves. They fix their problems and mistakes, and move on. And that is what attracts glory to him, and that is the lesson we all need to learn in life from these people.

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11 Powerful Entrepreneurial Stories To Learn From!

  1. 1. FROM FAILURE TO SUCCESS Powerful Entrepreneurial Stories To Learn From! @ SURVEYCREST
  2. 2. It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. “ BILL GATES Philanthropist | Founder, Microsoft @ SURVEYCREST
  3. 3. FAILURE Bill Gates with his best bud, from Seattle’s Lakeside High School, Paul Allen, laid foundation of Traf-O-Data to address traffic congestion issues. But it turned out to be a lofty goal when in a make-or-break demo for local county officials, microprocessor ditched and failed to start. Ouch!
  4. 4. LESSON Just Had A Great Idea? Hold That Thought. The faster you can bring a product to the market the better. True that. However, if you do not have confidence in your product or if it’s still too young to market, stop right there!
  5. 5. Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. “ OPRAH WINFREY American Media Proprietor | Actress @ SURVEYCREST
  6. 6. FAILURE Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore, where she said she faced sexism and harassment.
  7. 7. LESSON Giving Up Is Not An Option. But Winfrey did not give up and rebounded to turn out to be the undoubted queen of television talk shows before amassing a media empire. She is now worth an estimated $2.9 billion. Isn’t that amazing?
  8. 8. A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new. “ ALBERT EINSTEIN Theoretical Physicist and Philosopher @ SURVEYCREST
  9. 9. FAILURE As a child, Albert Einstein had some difficulty communicating and learning in a traditional manner.
  10. 10. LESSON Everyone Has Their Own Strengths, Recognize Yours. Obviously, Einstein’s behavioral deficiencies were not suggestive of a lack of intellect. For the discovery of the photoelectric effect, and his special theory of relativity, Einstein won world’s most prestigious award ‘Nobel Prize’ in Physics. Whoa, Einstein must be really proud of himself!
  11. 11. You only have to do a very few things right in your life so long as you don't do too many things wrong. “ WARREN BUFFETT Investor and Philanthropist @ SURVEYCREST
  12. 12. FAILURE Warren Buffet regards buying Berkshire Hathaway a “200-billion-dollar mistake.” Buffet bought a controlling interest in the company so that he could fire Berkshire’s CEO who apparently insulted him when he offered a price (for Berkshire Hathaway shares) lower than the one they had agreed upon earlier.
  13. 13. LESSON Never Mix Emotions With Business! No doubt, Berkshire Hathaway acquisition would still go down in history as one of the greatest investment success stories. But it was a dreadful investment and cost Buffet deeply in terms of opportunity cost. So, the lesson here is to never risk a future prospect in the wave of emotion. Definitely not, unless you’re Warren Buffet!
  14. 14. The greatest artists like Dylan, Picasso and Newton risked failure. And if we want to be great, we’ve got to risk it too. “ STEVE JOBS Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, Apple Inc. @ SURVEYCREST
  15. 15. FAILURE Recruiting John Sculley as CEO of Apple was perhaps the worst mistake Steve Jobs made. Jobs lured Sculley to take up the position with his renowned pitch: “Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” *Sigh* Sculley no wonder felt flattered and took the bait. Later, he organized a board campaign to fire Jobs.
  16. 16. LESSON Recruit People Who Fit Your Business. Recruiting the Right Person for the right job is essential. Experience, qualification, skills and good reference – everything counts! But when hiring someone for a post as crucial as a CEO, invest time to find someone who believes in your vision and whom you can trust with your business.
  17. 17. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you have failed by default. “ J K ROWLING British Novelist @ SURVEYCREST
  18. 18. FAILURE J.K. Rowling was a single mom living in poverty and depression when she started writing her first book. Her first manuscript was rejected by twelve publishing houses and one of the publishers advised her to get a day job since he thought she had little chance of making money in children’s books. Sadness!
  19. 19. LESSON Don’t Get Caught Up In The Noise, Trust Your Instinct! It is fine to listen to feedback or take advise from the experienced. But in the end, trust your own instincts. Do not let people distract you from your goals and dreams.
  20. 20. You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it! “ STEVEN SPIELBERG Filmmaker and Business Magnate @ SURVEYCREST
  21. 21. FAILURE Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times.
  22. 22. LESSON If You’re Not Falling Then You’re Not Learning! Make it a point, real life starts outside your comfort zone. Most people don’t succeed because they’re afraid to fail. Failure actually makes you stronger and more likely to win the next time around. Steven Spielberg has so far won three Academy Awards for his blockbusters.
  23. 23. You don't learn to walk by following the rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over. “ RICHARD BRANSON Founder of Virgin Group @ SURVEYCREST
  24. 24. FAILURE At the age of 16, Richard Branson dropped out from his school to launch a magazine for students. He thought that a nationwide magazine for students would make him a great success overnight but things don’t always go as planned. The student magazine idea was a fiasco, and at the end he had to close it down.
  25. 25. LESSON Not Every Idea Is Worth The Opportunity. It is important to do adequate research, collect circumstantial data and understand the demand before your enter the market. In Richard Branson’s case, failed attempt to launch a nationwide student magazine became the starting point to launch the successful Virgin Records.
  26. 26. I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. “ MICHAEL JEFFREY JORDAN Former basketball player and Entrepreneur @ SURVEYCREST
  27. 27. FAILURE Michael Jordan was cut from his high school’s basketball team.
  28. 28. LESSON Persistently Do What You’re Passionate About! Despite initial setback, Michael Jordan did not give up. He continued to pursue his passion for basketball to become the world’s greatest basketball player of all times.
  29. 29. Life is like a wheel. Sooner or later, it always comes around to where you started again. “ STEPHEN KING American Author @ SURVEYCREST
  30. 30. FAILURE Stephen King became so irritated over his attempt to write the novel "Carrie" that he threw away the entire early draft.
  31. 31. LESSON Know When It’s Time To Quit! When you have poured a lot of time, energy and focus into something, it is hard to say goodbye to a beloved project. But it is important to know when it’s time to call it quits. Because if you can’t, you may end up losing more.
  32. 32. I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you're young. I learned a lot out of that. Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. “ WALT DISNEY Businessman, Cartoonist and Filmmaker @ SURVEYCREST
  33. 33. FAILURE Did you know Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because he apparently did not show a flair for imagination and lacked good ideas? Duh, yea.
  34. 34. LESSON Paddle Your Own Canoe! It is fine to assume that people have your best interest in mind and that their intentions are good but your dream is your own. And its success or failure solely depends on what you make of it. Don’t rely on others for your own success.
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