Everyone has to start somewhere. The struggle is particularly real when you are an entrepreneur with a startup. If you have been there, you know what we are talking about. If you are about to go there, you will soon understand. Startups are hard to create, hard to start and hard to get off the ground. We share our top three entrepreneur startup success stories to give you a little motivation:
Founder and CEO: Chris Gardner
Chris Gardner Net Worth: $60 million (2012)
Raise your hand if you have seen the “Pursuit of Happyness” – we see ALL of you out there! The movie is based on Chris Gardner’s life before success: homelessness with a toddler and sleeping in station bathrooms all while trying to “make it” as a stockbroker. The moral of this story is: never ever give up. No matter how tough times are.
Founder: John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria Net Worth: $3.3 billion (2015)
John Paul DeJoria started supporting his family when he was 9 years old by selling Christmas cards and newspapers in Los Angeles, California. Shortly after, his mother sent him and his older brother to a foster home. Today, John Paul DeJoria owns “John Paul Mitchell Systems’, a company known for hair care products and styling tools which started from a $700 loan. He also owns 70% of the Patron Spirits Company and has holdings in the African oil industry. The pivotal moment in John Paul’s life? He was told by a teacher in school that he would never amount to anything.
Founder and Chairman: Li Ka-Shing
Li Ka-Shing Net Work: $31.5 billion (2016)
Li was forced to leave school at 15 due to the loss of his father and begun working at plastics trading company for an exhausting 16 hours a day. Eventually, Li started his own company, Cheung Kong Industries, which has developed into a business empire that includes everything you could possibly imagine. Banking, construction, real estate, phones, retail, hotels, transport, ports, shipping, airports and plastic are just some of the many hats CK Industries wears.
So there you have it – startup success can happen and will happen if you persist. Firmhacker specializes in assisting lawyers build their law practices and firms through intensive educational bootcamps.
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