Starting a business is not for everyone. You need a strong constitution and the ability to face failure. Because if statistics are any guide, you will likely fail.
But the web makes it easier for first-time entrepreneurs to tap into that spirit of risk. What do these go-getters have in common? They likely started a “business” in childhood (a lemonade stand, a paper route, etc.). They’ve likely used their own money to fund their dreams (and are likely to have maxed-out credit cards, as a result). And they are less averse to risk than the average human.
Check out this video by OnlineMBA.com for insight into the mind of the entrepreneur.
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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/30/entrepreneur-video/
If it weren’t for music we would undoubtedly have a very dull existence. The way it affects emotion, moods, and conveys ideas make it one of the most powerful and intimate artistic mediums in the world. We identify with the music we like and through it feel a connection with the people who wrote it. Although we all have our personal tastes there are some pieces and genres that are almost objectively above the rest. These are the men behind those pieces. These are 25 of the most celebrated composers in history.
Read more: http://list25.com/25-of-the-most-celebrated-composers-in-history/
While some people are handed everything on a silver platter, just because someone is at the top doesn’t mean it was always that way. In fact, many of the wealthiest people in the world started their journeys in slums and orphanages. Many of them even credit their hardship with giving them the motivation, understanding, and personality required to make it to the top. These are 25 inspirational rags to riches stories.
20. Ingvar Kamprad
Living on a farm most of his growing up years, this Swedish business magnate had always been known for being enterprising even at a young age as he bought matches in bulk and sold them individually to his neighbors. This expanded to fish, pens and Christmas decorations. He also used the cash reward that his father gave him for good grades and used this to create a mail-order business that became the retail company IKEA. Furniture became the company’s biggest seller, which made him one of the richest men in the world today having a net worth of $3 billion.
15. John D. Rockefeller
One of six children born in Richford, New York, Rockefeller might have inherited his good business sense from his father, a traveling salesman who used all the tricks to get out of decent hard work and taught his son to always get the best deal in all things. His mom struggled to raise them and though they moved a number of times, he was able to finish school and get his first job as a bookkeeper where he earned $50 in three months. He decided to put up a firm and built an oil refinery with his friend Maurice B. Clark in 1859. He later bought out the Clark brothers’ refinery firm and renamed it Rockefeller & Andrews. He also founded the Standard Oil Company to become the world’s first billionaire and the richest person in history.
10. John Paul DeJoria
Before John Paul Mitchell Systems became a success, its founder, John Paul DeJoria had a rough life. After his parents divorced when he was just 2 years old, he sold newspapers and Christmas cards to help his family until the age of 10 when he was sent to live in a foster home. An LA gang member before he joined the military, he was also employed by Redken Laboratories. He loaned $700 and founded JPM Systems to sell his company’s shampoo door-to-door while living out of his car. Today JPM Systems’ annual profit is nearly $900 million.
5. Harold Simmons
Harold Simmons grew up in a shack in the poor rural town of Golden, Texas with no plumbing or electricity. He still managed, however, to graduate with a B.A. and masters in Economics from the University of Texas. His first venture was a series of drugstores which were almost entirely funded with a loan. This became a 100-store chain which he sold to Eckerd for $50 million. He became famous as a master of the corporate buyout and currently owns 6 companies that trade on the NYSE including the world’s largest producer of titanium, Titanium Metals Corporation.
Read more: http://list25.com/25-inspirational-rags-riches-stories/
Imagine a world without YouTube. Where would all the cat videos live? The FCC is in the process of implementing rules that could squash the next two nerds in a pizzeria with a great idea. Everyone should care about this, but it feels too technical for a lot of people. Sen. Al Franken lays out the argument for net neutrality with a clarity anyone can understand.
Read more: http://upworthy.com/raise-your-hand-if-you-want-your-internet-to-get-slower-and-more-expensive-if-not-click-here
Despite the great controversy in terms of both physical and mental health, drinking alcohol is a worldwide phenomenon. Every country has its own favorite alcohol beverage and there are many nations arguing about who the worldÂ´s heaviest drinker is. Alcohol has been around for thousands of years and in the course of time, many interesting alcohol-related facts have emerged. From the pathological fear of an empty glass to a 3.75 million-dollar vodka, check out these 25 unbelievable facts about alcohol you may not realize are true.
20. Researches suggest that at any given time, 0.7% of the world population is drunk. It means 50 million people are drunk right now.
15. Fear on an empty glass even got its scientific name. It is called Cenosillicaphobia.
10. The worldÂ´s strongest beer is BrewmeisterÂ´s âSnake Venom”. While regular beer usually have about 5% ABV, this Scottish killer has a stomach-burning 67,5% ABV.
5. The word “brandy” derives from the Dutch word “brandewijn”, which means “burnt wine”.
Read more: http://list25.com/25-unbelievable-facts-about-alcohol-you-may-not-realize-are-true/