There are many successful people in this world, but you will notice no one really celebrates those who’s success came easy like trust fund babies. The world prefers to celebrate those who rose above their adversities, those who went against the laws of nature, against all odds and are now in our history books and their names are referenced by every professor in Business School.
- Michael Jordan
As faith would have it, the main team needed an extra player seeing the playoffs were coming up and everything, so Michael confidently felt that they would pick him, but when his teammate Leroy Smith was the chosen one, he became very upset. It made sense anyway, since he was only 5’10” while Leroy was 6’5″ and the team indeed needed someone taller. After the refusal Michael even got a worse “look down” from the team members that eventually made him wake up from the desperation. He worked hard everyday to be a better player till he became Thee Michael Jordan.
Estimated Net worth: 650$ Million
- Walt Disney
During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military service. Rejected because he was under age, only sixteen years old at the time. Walt Disney was a high school dropout and he was fired by a newspaper editor because, “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Estimated Net worth: 4.8$ Billion
- Oprah Winfrey
Growing up Oprah worked at a grocery store, but get this, she was not allowed to Talk to the customers. Later she landed a job on a broadcasting station and was made a reporter, but she got fired because a reporter is not supposed to empathize with the people that they are reporting on. This very characteristic made the Oprah Winfrey Network what it is today.
Estimated Net worth: 2.1$ Billion
- Albert Einstein
Albert spent the first 9 years of his life struggling with speech, he spoke seldom and when he did, it took him very long to utter a complete sentence. Today he is known as one of the smartest men to ever live, having developed one of the greatest physics theories E = mc²
Estimated Net worth: E = mc² you do the math
- Richard Branson
Today he owns an island, a bank, the first space travel company, but did you know Richard was born with dyslexia and bad eye sight, two challenges to put any child’s self esteem on an all time low in school, he failed his IQ test dismally, or maybe it was the IQ test that failed because no one saw his success coming.It is a success that was never expected for a dyslexic, nearsighted boy.
Estimate Net worth: 4.6$ Billion
After being in the most successful girl groups in the history of its kind Beyonce took a leap of faith and announced to all her fans that the group was no more. She went solo and her record label was not convinced she’d do well, they said “i’m sorry Beyonce, but there is not even one hit song in this album”, indeed they were right, had five. She has since become one of the most worshiped musicians, selling out tickets to large stadiums in seconds.
Estimated Net Worth: 300$ Million
- Steve Jobs
He is easily dubbed the king of innovation because of his famous Apple gadgets. Steve jobs started Apple Inc. in 1976 and 9 years into the business he got fired because “he was a bad CEO”. One of his acclaimed computers Mac, the Macintosh Office, the product that was launched was ridiculed as a toy by his partners and board members. Today is one of the best selling computers in the world.
Estimated Net worth: 10.2$ Billion