The true Entrepreneur / Founder is a doer, not a dreamer. They plan what is needed, have Customers try it, then modify it to suit.
Famous Founders: Steve Jobs – Apple, Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook, Bill Gates – MicroSoft, Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, Mark Cuban- Shark Tank, Oprah Winfrey – Entertainment + more.
By definition, a Founder is someone who starts their own business – often showing incredible initiative and taking on considerable personal or financial risk to begin their venture. The initiative & hard work of these super-successful Founders of this century has paid off tremendously. These people are now household names and their businesses flourish worldwide.
Steve Jobs – Apple Though he passed in 2011, Jobs still remains one of the most successful Founders of the 21st Century, and perhaps of all-time. A primary driver of the Personal Computer revolution, Jobs founded Apple in the mid-‘80s with Steve Wozniak, leading to the creation of the MacIntosh computer. Apple products really took off in the 2000s, with the introduction of the iPod in 2001 and later, the iPhone. Steve Jobs’ quotes about success indicate he was able to reach this level of success by following his heart and holding himself to a high standard. “It’s really hard to design products by focus groups or talking to customers. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want – until you show it to them. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful. that’s what matters to me. Always deliver more than expected ”
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook. The world’s youngest billionaire Founder, he has only ever held one job in his life — CEO of Facebook. Zuck was a Harvard student & computer programmer who launched a collegiate Social Networking site called “The Facebook” in 2004 with his college roommates. Within just three years, he was a $B, thanks to Facebook’s outrageous success. According to Zuck, his success lies in believing in his product, not being afraid to take risks, & caring about making a positive change in the world. “Move fast & break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will work out. Follow your instincts”
Bill Gates – MicroSoft. Like Jobs, Gates, former CEO and co-founder of MicroSoft, is one of the Founders of the PC revolution. His personal wealth is usually #1 and is greater than the GDP of Iceland. He shares the fruits of his incredible success primarily through his many philanthropic endeavors through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for world education. Some good advice from Bill Gates is: “Listen to constructive criticism and resist thinking that because you were successful once, you’ll never fail”.
Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, is the brilliant entrepreneur mind who started PayPal, Tesla Motors & SpaceX. He has also envisioned a high-speed Hyperloop transportation system. According to Musk: “You must dream big in order to innovate & create something great. There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: it’s to change the world”.
Mark Cuban- Shark Tank, is the billionaire investor, businessman & owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. The first business he started was MicroSolutions and he later started Audionet, which would become Broadcast.com. Today, Cuban owns Landmark Theatres & Magnolia Pictures. When it comes to his business advice, this ever-quotable superstar Founder advocates” “Good old-fashioned hard work & perseverance if you believe in your product. It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once, then everyone can tell you that you are an “overnight success”. The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. Stay self-funded as long as possible”.
Oprah Winfrey – Entertainment Born in rural Mississippi to a teenage mother, Oprah Winfrey worked hard to become the billionaire media mogul that she is today. She started as a news anchor in Chicago and went on to become the most popular talk show host in the world. Some of the companies she has founded include the Oxygen TV network and Harpo Productions. While Oprah acknowledges the role of luck in her success, her primary message is: “To be successful, you need to follow your passion and do what you love. If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again. Choose a job that you like, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Waiting for perfect is never as smart as making progress”.
Ralph Lauren – Clothing. Born to Jewish immigrants in the Bronx, he went to business school, but dropped out after two years. Lauren started his iconic Polo company out of a drawer in the Empire State Building, taking rags and fashioning them into neckties. Lauren opened his first store in 1967; by 2007, Ralph Lauren had more than 35 luxury boutiques in the USA. Lauren’s Foundership quotes speak to the importance of inspiration and creativity in his business process. “You have to create something from nothing.”
Charles Schwab. With a net worth of $5 billion, he is a highly successful investor and entrepreneur, n 1963, Schwab launched the investment newsletter Investment Indicator. In 1975, he founded the brokerage Charles Schwab Corp – which would become one of the world’s largest brokerage firms. Like Warren Buffett, Schwab started developing his business skills as a youth and recommends a conservative borrowing strategy when investing or starting a business.
Comments: Do you know any other Quotes from famous Founders that are inspirational?
from Linked IN 14 Dec16 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz