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Business Ideas: My Favorite 7 Boldest Entrepreneur Moves of All Time
Bold Move #1: Walt Disney Does The Impossible
According to Disney: “Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are Curiosity, Confidence, Courage, and Constancy and the greatest of these is Confidence.”
Bold Move #2: Guy Laliberté Risks It All In Los Angeles
According to Laliberté: “It was live or die in L.A. And we bet everything on one night. By the end of the show we had standing ovations. The day after, tickets were selling like crazy. I bet everything on that one night. If we failed, there was no cash for gas to come home.”
Bold Move #3: A.P. Giannini Bets On The Little Guy
When a massive earthquake hit San Francisco in 1906, all the banks in the city closed down to assess their damage. People couldn’t get access to their funds at the time they needed it the most. The earthquake demolished Giannini’s bank but he opened up shop by setting up a desk using two barrels and a plank of wood across them. He would lend money to people based on a handshake to help them rebuild their lives. He also went on to fund entrepreneurs like Walt Disney who nobody believed in and projects like the Golden Gate Bridge that were considered too crazy to invest in.
Bold Move #4: Anita Roddick Is Forced To Survive
According to Roddick: “For myself, I needed to earn money, to look after the kids while my husband was traveling for two years across South America… I started The Body Shop in 1976 simply to create a livelihood for myself and my two daughters, while my husband, Gordon, was trekking across the Americas. I had no training or experience and my only business acumen was Gordon’s advice to take sales of £300 a week. Nobody talks of entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking.”
Bold Move #5: George Lucas Challenges Traditional Business Models
According to Lucas: “My first six years in the business were hopeless. There are a lot of times when you sit and you say ‘Why am I doing this? I’ll never make it. It’s just not going to happen. I should go out and get a real job and try to survive’. I thought Star Wars was too wacky for the general public. Right or wrong this is my movie, this is my decision, and this is my creative vision, and if people don’t like it, they don’t have to see it.”
Bold Move #6: Ted Turner Decides To Be Successful
According to Turner: “All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it… I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”
Bold Move #7 Milton Hershey Doesn’t Give Up
But he still refused to give up. He started a new business with a former employee of his and moved from making caramels to chocolate. After 10 years of failure, Hershey finally hit on a winning business. His company expanded year after year and if he had listened to his friends and family through those 10 years of failure we would never have known the Hershey Chocolate bar.
The Mayfair Set episode 2 – Entrepreneur Spelt S.P.I.V
Happiness for lazy people: Sven Heijbel
An entrepreneur and psychology student who is passionate about business development and happiness, Sven co-founded Wake Up Call, a company offering educational services, and strategy agency Global Focus.
Part 1: Daniel Isenberg On The Value Of Contrarian Entrepreneurs
Babson Global professor and author of ‘Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid’ discusses super chickens, mud-runs, and innovative education models in Part 1 of a 2 part conversation with Steve Forbes.
Part 2: Behind Every Great Entrepreneur Is A Great Entrepreneur
Daniel Isenberg, author of “Worthless, Impossible, and Stupid,” talks to Steve Forbes about entrepreneurial failures, successful micro-enterprises in Rwanda, and why startups must think globally in order to truly endure. Part 2 of 2.
Robert T. Kiyosaki – The Business of the 21st Century
Investor, Entrepreneur, Financial Education Advocate, and Best-Selling Author of “The Business of the 21st Century – Network Marketing”
For the past ten years I have devoted my life to finding the most effective and practical ways to help people transform their lives in the 21st century by learning how to build genuine wealth,through Network Marketing / MLM
Through our Rich Dad books, my partners and I have written about many different types and forms of enterprise and investment. But during these years of intensive research, I have come across one business model in particular that I believe holds the greatest promise for the largest number of people to get control of their financial lives, their futures, and their destinies.
If you’re worried about losing your job through down-sizing or just want to take charge of your future by taking control of your income source, you need The Business of the 21st Century!
That’s why, for the past several years, I has been a staunch supporter of Network Marketing / MLM / Multi-Level Marketing. Like many people, I was skeptical about the industry at first … until I personally learned first-hand what network marketing is all about — IT’S ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE — NORMAL PEOPLE, getting from the POOR side of the quadrant into the RICH quadrants.
Like billionaires, DONALD TRUMP and WARRAN BUFFET, ROBERT sold on NETWORK MARKETING. He will share my insights with you on why he believes it is the business of the 21st century — and why now is the perfect time for YOU to take advantage of the opportunities it offers!
ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI is going to show you why you need to build your own business, and exactly what kind of business. But this isn’t just about changing the type of business you’re working with; it’s also about changing you. We will show you how to find what YOU need to grow the perfect business for you, but for your business to grow, you will have to grow as well…
Welcome to the Business of the 21st Century — ROBERT T. KIYOSAKI.
Stimulating economy from the bottom up: Zein Hussami
Zein G Hussami is an entrepreneur with over 20 years experience on an international level. Although initially coming from a hospital administration background, he jumped over to new verticals seeking pioneering achievements with a positively high impact on society. From leisure and entertainment to logistics and life support, and from nationwide IT implementations, Telecoms and corporate management consultancies, Zein has been intimately exposed to many industries and cultures in the region where his main legacies revolved around the success of the people around him. Zein has relinquished the ideas of linear education and profit without giving. A lover of people, animals and the environment, he has taken it upon himself to work within domains that change ecosystems for the better. He now spends his time designing, incubating, and partnering technologies with dire social needs as opposed to luxuries.
Tim Ferriss on Mastering Any Skill
Behind the Brand host Bryan Elliott talks to best-selling author
of The 4-Hour Chef, life-hacker, entrepreneur and possibly the new
Most Interesting Man in the World, Tim Ferriss.
Peter Jones: How we made our millions
Dragons’ Den star Peter Jones meets two of the country’s most well known and successful entrepreneurs to get into the DNA of what made them millionaires.
Peter gets to grips with Richard Reed – co-founder of Innocent, the smoothie company with a 165 million pound turnover, and Michelle Mone, the self-made inspiration behind the multimillion pound Ultimo lingerie business. He finds two very different characters as he takes them back to their childhoods, examines their personalities, studies their business models, asks what they are like to work for, and discovers what it was that drove them to be entrepreneurs.
Having built up his own multimillion pound empire, Peter knows how to get inside the minds of these inspirational business leaders who don’t take no for an answer, as he attempts to find out if there really is a blueprint for success.
Duane Cashin – Inspiring Entrepreneur
In business, people often see their environment as competitive and struggle with how to stand out. Those who have heard Duane Cashin see things differently. Duane draws from his 20 plus years of experience as a top salesman and entrepreneur to deliver clear insight on how to effectively differentiate one’s offering in today’s marketplace. Duane shows that people can tap into those things that truly make them unique to get real results. With the perfect blend of storytelling, humor, passion, and straight talk, Duane challenges his audiences to rethink everything from their approach to communicating the unique value of their offering, to their attitudes toward selling and serving. Duane’s analogies, metaphors, and real-life stories combined with his warm and witty style will keep you laughing while you learn sound business and life principles. He will infuse you with a passion for success and leave you with a vision of your higher purpose and a drive to achieve your personal best.
Success and Happiness: Celeste Faye
A marketer and entrepreneur, Celeste talks about how to get to where you want to be and find happiness.
The Model of Hope: Daniel Simkin and Ethan Wasserman
Daniel Simkin is the co-founder and co-director of HopeBook, Inc, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help cancer patients. He was born and raised in Venezuela. In 1997 he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and the doctors’ prognosis revealed that Daniel would only live for two months. He not only survived and lived past those two months, but he fought cancer for a year. He remembers that there were 23 other children in the Cancer Ward at that time who were also battling this horrible disease, of which he is one of only three survivors from that group. Today he has been cancer free for 15 years. For Daniel, cancer has changed his entire viewpoint on life, and he really enjoys helping cancer patients. Daniel is the co-founder and co-director of HopeBook, Inc, a non-profit organization dedicated to help cancer patients.
Currently, Daniel lives and studies in New York City. He is majoring in Business Management and minoring in Mathematics at Yeshiva University and will be graduating in 2014. Daniel is a serial entrepreneur who, at 22 years of age, has created six different companies. Daniel plans to continue dedicating his time to those with cancer.
Ethan Wasserman is a co-founder of HopeBook, a non-profit that helps young cancer patients through the tough challenges they face everyday. His co-founder suffered from cancer and realized that even simple questions like, “Why is this happening to me?” are hard to answer. HopeBook was started to provide these answers and stop patients from feeling alone. HopeBook is a community project dedicated to creating, distributing and providing hope to patients in the form of a book. This interactive diary is a collection of information, games, health facts and stories of people who overcame the same struggles and are alive and thriving today. It provides a vision of a future to patients by sharing stories of many others who survived the same disease. It has created a network of friends who use their experiences to help current patients. Ethan graduated Yeshiva University with degreesin Psychology and Political Science. He is currently a Presidential Fellow for the Sy Syms School of Business at YU.
Being Successful: Rachit Pandey
Rachit Pandey is an entrepreneur, innovator and mentor. This Biju Patnaik University of Technology alumnus has previously worked for Robotic Wares Pvt. Ltd. as Chief Mistake Officer, was a learner at Kyrion Digital Securities and at JK Paper Mills. Today he is a mentor at value resume, CEO at http://www.shopandme.com and Founder & CEO of Adenium Tech Services.
Financial Principles Every Entrepreneur Must Know for Success – Part 1
Published on Jan 4, 2013
Michael E. Parker moderates the discussion with Valerie Coleman Morris former CNN anchor and money experts, Cheryl Broussard and Ilons Dolinska Reiser at the Entrepreneur Extravaganza annual event.
Fun is the Future: Mastering Gamification
Gamification is fundamentally rewriting the rules of engagement for product design and marketing. From Foursquare to Farmville and from Nike to the Navy, game mechanics like points, badges, levels, challenges, rewards and leaderboards are being used in ever greater numbers. But what does this mean for “traditional” marketing & UI/UX and how do you leverage this trend in your engagement strategy? Moreover, how do we measure success, and why will every company have a Chief Engagement Officer in the next few years? Find out more in this in-depth discussion with Gamification Expert, Gabe Zichermann — author of “Game-Based Marketing” and the Gamification.co blog, and Chair of the Gamification Summit.
GABE ZICHERMANN is an author, highly rated public speaker and serial entrepreneur. His most recent book,Game-Based Marketing (Wiley, 4/2010) has achieved critical and industry acclaim for its detailed look at innovators who blend the power of games with brand strategy. His next book on game mechanics is a detailed technical look at architecture and implementation. Gabe is also the Chair of the Gamification Workshops and Summit, upcoming events that bring together the leading minds in Gamification and Engagement Science - http://gsummit.com. A resident of NYC, Gabe is a board member of StartOut.org, advisor to a number of startups and Facilitator for the NYC chapter of the Founder