19 Self Made Teenage Millionaires to Get Inspiration From

You might not know it, but some of the familiar faces you see on TV are self-made teenage millionaires. These personalities weren’t born in a wealthy family and yet, they found success at such a young age. Maybe we can all learn a thing or two from these enterprising personalities who did not let their age keep them from achieving their life goals!

19 Self-Made Teen Millionaires

Sean Belnik

At the tender age of 16 years old, Belnik set up his e-tail shop on a $600 capital. He started selling small items – such as trading cards – before selling larger goods. He founded BizChair.com, sold different kinds of furniture and saw his net worth rose to $24 million when he hit 20 years old.

Adam Horowitz

Horowitz has always been mature for his age. At just 15 years old, he challenged himself to earn his first million by his 21st birthday. The Mobile Monopoly developer reached his goal and continued to earn a “six-figure income” from mobile marketing.

Mark Zuckerberg

English: Robert Scoble (left) and Mark Zuckerb...
English: Robert Scoble (left) and Mark Zuckerberg (right) at F8 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At a glance, Zuckerberg looked like your ordinary teen but he’s a programming prodigy with big dreams. And you know what they say about dreams, dream it big enough and it might actually come true. Zuckerberg was in college when he developed Facebook with his mates. When Facebook became a hit, his net worth grew to $20 billion.

Brian Wong

Wong was just 19 years old when he helmed Digg’s business development strategy. He then co-founded Kiip, a highly successful mobile rewards company. Wong’s company generated more than $32 million of venture capital from multinational companies including Disney, Playboy, and Sephora. Needless to say, he’s earning more than your average yuppie.

Justin Bieber

That’s right, the Biebs started out as a singer with a camera in 2008. His career started out on YouTube and was discovered by Scooter Braun by accident. Eventually, Bieber went on to become a teen sensation and his wealth grew exponentially. At 23 years old, the Biebs have dozens of endorsements under his belt as well as hit albums, international shows, and legions of rabid fans.

Ashley Qualls

At just 14 years old, the WhateverLife.com founder launched her design career in 2004, offering free MySpace layouts and programming tutorials to showcase her own talents.  By the time she was 17 years old, she’s an emancipated minor who’s earning millions from her website.

Juliath Brindak

At just 16 years old, Brindak developed her tween social-media platform Miss O & Friends to feed her passion for the arts. The website is now worth a staggering $15 million, with the majority of its revenues generated from ads.

Cameron Johnson

Johnson was 9 years old when he started selling greeting cards. His earnings allowed him to set up his own business, buying and selling Ty Beanie Babies on eBay. By the time he was 12, Johnson was already earning thousands of dollars. His earnings allowed him to co-found SurfingPrizes.com and by the time he’s 19, he was already a millionaire.

David and Catherine Cook

The siblings started out by cofounding MyYearbook.com, a social networking site for tweens and teens. The website was so successful; it became one of the 25 most visited websites in the US. Today, the website is worth an eye-watering $100 million.

Nick D’Aloisio

Nick D’Aloisio was just 12 years old when he started coding and developing his own apps in his parents’ bedroom. At 17 years old, the programming wunderkid designed a popular app that’s worth $30 million. He went on to become the youngest teenage self-made millionaire in the world and also the world’s youngest venture-capital-backed entrepreneur.

Tyler Dikman

Dikman was in 8th grade when he started charging $15 an hour to fix computers. He was so good at computer repairs that he was hired by Malcolm Taaffe at 15 years old. After that gig, Dikman used his earnings to start his own computer repair business, Cooltronics and made millions off his talents.

Fraser Doherty

Doherty started his business as a jam maker at 14 using his grandmother’s recipe. He called his little biz SuperJam. His homemade jams were, indeed, so super that by the time he was 16, a major supermarket struck a deal with Doherty. Apart from being a millionaire at such a young age, Doherty has his own recipe books sold on Amazon.

Captain Sparklez

Captain Sparklez is a popular YouTube influencer whose career began with uploading tutorial videos and then expanding to detailed gaming instructions. He is now one of the highest earning YTubers in the world with a net worth of more than $8 million.

John Magennis

Magennis is a self-taught website designer who at 14, established his own startup business. Initially, he would charge $15 for basic websites but the demand for his designed reached to $30,000. That’s just for a single website! By the time he was 16, Magennis earned his first million.

Tim Sykes

Sykes is a young stock investor who used his bar mitzvah cash to start his own business. His penny trading company became so successful that by the time he was 21 years old, his penny stocks are worth $1.5 million. Today, Sykes travels the world as an inspirational speaker.

Maddie Bradshaw

Maddie started designing locker decorations using soda bottle caps at 10 years old. She invented a magnetic bottle cap necklace and it became a hit among teens. After being featured on Shark Tank, her hobby picked up. Business was so good; she earned her first million during the first year.

Kiowa Kavovit

Kavovit was just 6 years old when she pitched her invention, Boo Boo Goo, on Shark Tank. Her invention is a paint-on liquid bandage for kids. Her business concept won her a $100,000 investment and she became the youngest entrepreneur on Shark Tank.

Chris Phillips

Phillips was just 17 years old when he founded Dot5Hosting, a web hosting and domain registration company. By the time he was 19 years old, the British tech whiz was earning $10 million per year.

Madison Robinson

Robinson was 15 when she invented Fish Flops, which are flip flops for children and teens. Her empire grew into a lifestyle brand with a complementary app to boot. Before she could drive, Maddie was already earning $1 million in sales!

5 Nuggets of Wisdom from this Short Story on Opportunity

You’ve probably heard of this inspiring short story on opportunity, but it’s worth retelling to those who always let a defining moment slip through their fingers.

Opportunities seldom come knocking twice. Once that defining moment comes, you have to seize it and never let it go! Lost opportunities are only a gateway to regret! Don’t be like this guy who let a good opportunity come to pass:

story of a young man who wished to marry the farmer's beautiful daughter - short story on opportunity

This is a story of a young man who wished to marry the farmer’s beautiful daughter. He went to the farmer to ask his permission. The farmer looked him over and responded, “Son, go stand out in that field and I’m going to release three bulls, one at a time. If you can catch the tail of any one of the three bulls, you can marry my daughter.”

The young man stood in the pasture awaiting the first bull. The barn door opened and out ran the biggest, meanest-looking bull he had ever seen. He decided that one of the next bulls had to be a better choice than this one, so he ran over to the side and let the bull pass through the pasture out the back gate.

The barn door opened again. Unbelievable. He had never seen anything so big and fierce in his life. It stood – pawing the ground, grunting, slinging slobber – as it eyed him. Whatever the next bull was like, it had to be a better choice than this one. He ran to the fence and let the bull pass through the pasture, out the back gate.

The door opened a third time. A smile came across his face. This was the weakest, scrawniest little bull he had ever seen. This one was his bull. As the bull came running by, he positioned himself just right and jumped at just the exact moment. He grabbed… but the bull had NO tail!

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Lesson 1: Life is Full of Surprises

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball at the most inopportune moment. But no matter how hard things get, do not give up, keep going! Let’s face it; life is full of surprises. And these surprises aren’t always good so be prepared.

An unyielding person could easily break down whenever things don’t go his way. Missed opportunities are just one of the few of life’s cruel jokes.

But the beauty of living is the lessons we learn from every mistake. Don’t let a single misstep define who you are. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and move forward. Wherever life leads you, always keep an eye out for little opportunities, challenges that will help you achieve your goals.

Lesson 2: Nothing in Life is Ever Easy, and That’s Okay

In the short story on opportunity, the young man expected things to be easy. He was not mentally prepared to take on a difficult challenge. And the father knew it. We are, after all, talking about marrying off a beloved daughter here, of course, things won’t be easy. The story rings true in real life, nothing in life ever comes easy, and we shouldn’t expect it to be.

The story isn’t just about missing an opportunity; it’s about misjudging a situation with zero game plan. Things do not always go the way we want it, and that’s okay. Whenever faced with a challenge, always have a backup plan.  This way, you can make the most out of any situation, and you’ll always come on top.

Lesson 3: Appearances are often Misleading

In the short story on opportunity above, trouble starts when the young man kept judging every bull at a glance. He avoided the first two bulls because they looked scary, intimidating. He never bothered to look deeper, checking every bull carefully before moving to the next. He zeroed in on the weakest looking bull in the bunch, thinking he’ll come out of the challenge a winner. And he ended up being the most surprised when the third bull had no tail! Who knew?

Sometimes in life, we let our preconceived notions get the best of us. Instead of assessing the situation carefully, we let our assumptions get in the way of making a sound judgment. And this may lead to lost opportunities.

Being scared, unsure, or intimidated shouldn’t keep you from making a fair judgment. There are always ways to resolve any problem – including intimidating challenges – as long as you take a step back and focus on the bigger picture. It’s just a matter of dealing with every problem with a clear head.

Lesson 4: Fight to Win

Lesson 4: Fight to Win - short story on opportunity

In the story, the young man lets every good opportunity pass through his fingers, thinking there’s always another one coming. He saw the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on and thought he could just waltz through life in a snap. He wasn’t up for a real challenge; he settled for a simple one thinking this opportunity is better than the others. And it’s not; no one could’ve predicted that.

In life, we let a good opportunity pass because it presents all sorts of problems we’d rather not deal with. But resolving these problems are a part of it. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. You must learn to fight for what you want instead of wasting every opportunity waiting for the universe to do you a favor.

Lessons 5: Seize the Moment

The story would’ve been much shorter had the young man took on the first bull. He let his fears and reservations get in the way of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He could’ve married the girl of his dreams had he learned to set aside his fears. It takes courage and conviction to hurdle challenges. We cannot expect to win at life without working hard for what we want. Learn to seize the moment, focus on the challenge, and learn along the way.

Seth Godin: The Best Free Inspirational Books Online for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Looking for a little inspiration in your life? Ready for change but don’t know where to start? You are in luck; there are loads of free inspirational books online by Seth Godin!

Seth Godin needs no introduction, but if you’re not familiar, he’s a renowned marketer and entrepreneur. He’s also an accomplished author, having written 17 books including bestsellers Tribes and Linchpin. Godin also founded a little-known article-sharing website called Squidoo.com, ring any bells? Squidoo is one of the top 125 sites in the US!

As “America’s Greatest Marketer,” Godin knows a thing or two about overcoming challenges and building successful businesses. That’s exactly how he developed his business empire. If you love collecting all sorts of inspiring ebooks, here are just a few of the many Seth Godin books you should add to your collection!

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Free Inspirational Books Online by Seth Godin

What Matters Now

What Matters Now is a collection of short ruminations about living the present from the perspective of leading influencers. These thinkers include renowned journalists, authors, and marketing experts.  The contributions offer a different way of thinking to refocus our energies on things that truly matter. It’s about how big thoughts and small actions can make a difference in our lives.

Memorable Excerpt

“Art can’t happen without someone who seeks to make a difference. It is your art, it’s what you do. You touch people or projects and change them for the better.”

Who’s There?

This inspiring eBook delves deep building a successful blog site. It provides useful tips and nuggets of wisdom on developing a website that will impact your life and your readers’. This is a fantastic improvement book for those who are new to blogging. It’s a great read for entrepreneurs who’d like to monetize their blogs too!

Memorable Excerpt

“People come to me all the time, believing that if I would just link to them, just highlight them, they’d be unstoppable. Alas, this isn’t true. What’s true is that if you write something great, and do it over and over and over again, then you’ll be unstoppable. Whether or not someone helps you.”

Knock Knock

This inspirational free ebook is part of an incomplete series on how to develop an effective website using different marketing tools. This is a useful resource for people who are building their websites from scratch. It’s also a great read for entrepreneurs who are still looking for the right tone for their websites.

Memorable Excerpt

 “You are never going to please everyone, so you shouldn’t try. If you do, you’ll fail at pleasing anyone. Instead, imagine who your very best audience is and go straight for the heart of that group—and ignore everyone else.”

Unleashing the Ideavirus

Unleashing The Ideavirus is about utilizing permission and viral marketing to attract attention. It’s an inspiring free read about developing a viral product to make an impact and get people talking. This improvement book is perfect for marketers who can’t seem to attract customers into their business.

Memorable Excerpt

“The future belongs to marketers who establish a foundation and process where interested people can market to each other. Ignite consumer networks and then get out of the way and let them talk.”

Author Seth Godin at PDF 2007
Author Seth Godin at PDF 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Really Bad PowerPoint

Really Bad PowerPoint is a straightforward read on how to improve your Power Point presentation. As you know, PowerPoint was developed as a tool to help engineers communicate with the marketing department. But let’s face it, most PowerPoint presentations are an eye sore. This eBook offers tips on creating an engaging presentation as well as mistakes to avoid.

Memorable Excerpt

“PowerPoint could be the most powerful tool on your computer. But it’s not. It’s actually a dismal failure. Almost every PowerPoint presentation sucks rotten eggs.”

The Bootstrapper’s Bible

Can you really build a successful business on a shoestring budget? Seth Godin says yes, anything’s possible as long as you are able to maximize your time. In this inspirational eBook, Godin says bootstrapping your business allows you to get more things done in half the time. You can cut through the red tape, reach your goals and achieve long-term success by adopting a bootstrapper’s mindset.

Memorable Excerpt

“Bootstrapping isn’t always rational. For some of us (like me), it’s almost an addiction. The excitement and sheer thrill of building something overwhelms the desire to play it safe. This is a manifesto about how to make the odds work in your favor, how to keep playing until you win.”

Do Less

Developing a successful business does not necessitate lengthy or complex processes. In this eBook, Seth Godin will teach you how to do less to maximize your profits. Trying to be all things to all people will only delay your success.  Do Less is about focusing on your core strengths to improve business.

Memorable Excerpt

 “We can’t have everything. We’ve tried and it doesn’t work. What we’ve discovered, though, is that leaving off that last business project not only makes our profits go up, it also can dramatically improve the rest of our life.”

Everyone’s an Expert

Everyone’s an Expert by Seth Godin is about understanding how the web works. It features tips on what you can do to boost website traffic, generate more revenues and gain attention from followers. This eBook also features tips that will change the way you seek and publish information on the web.

Memorable Excerpt

“We all must focus our expertise. We need to refine it and make it more useful—to us and to the world.”

Bull Market 2004

Bull Market 2004 gives an inspiring look at what it takes to develop and sell something remarkable. The eBook is written for entrepreneurs who want to make a difference in their industry. It’s about offering products and services that are worth spreading, to begin with.

Memorable Excerpt

“Today, the one sure way to fail is to be boring. Your one chance for success is to be remarkable.”

Flipping The Funnel

Rounding up our list of the best ebooks every aspiring marketer need to check out is Flipping the Funnel. This is a fun read about the newest Web 2.0 tools to attract customers on a global scale. This eBook gives you all the tips you need to harness the power of the internet to make a mark in your niche. Godin even details ways to optimize Squidoo for maximum exposure online.

Memorable Excerpt

“The alternative lies in being authentic. In creating services that are genuinely worth talking about. In going out of your way to invest in experiences that people choose to share.”

10 Must-See Movies about Successful Business Woman

She’s smart, she’s tough, and she’s the boss. Running a business is by no means an easy feat but for women in charge; a job is just one of the million other things they juggle on the daily. No biggie.

Being in charge isn’t just about calling the shots. It’s about staying on top despite the mounting odds. Regardless if you’re a real-life boss lady looking for some inspiration or a movie junkie needing a feel-good flick to make your night, here are excellent movies about successful business woman you need to watch right NOW;

Top 10 Movies about Successful Business Woman

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 comedy-drama film based on Lauren Weisberger’s novel of the same name. The film features several strong female characters and one mean boss lady who always gets her way! The devil in question is Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly.   Priestly is a delightfully wicked multi-hyphenate fashion magazine editor and style icon.

The film tells the story of fresh grad Andy (Anne Hathaway), an aspiring journalist who unwittingly bagged a job “a million girls would kill for,” – a junior personal assistant to Miranda Priestly. As the boss from hell, Priestly pushed Andy to her limits, but Andy held onto her job in hopes of bagging her dream job, a news reporter.

Memorable Quote:

Miranda Priestly: I thought you would be different. I said to myself, go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl. I had hope. My God. I live on it. Anyway, you ended up disappointing me more than any of the other silly girls.

Baby Boom

Baby Boom is a romantic comedy film starring Diane Keaton as J.C. Wiatt, a high-powered consultant living her New York dream. Her fast-paced lifestyle ended when she inherited a baby from her deceased cousin. Caring for the baby took a toll on her work life balance, causing the end of her career and love life. On the brink of a nervous breakdown, Wiatt paces out to Vermont, where she starts a business and finds the richly rewarding life she always wanted.

Memorable Quote:

J.C. Wiatt: I can’t have a baby because I have a 12:30 lunch meeting.

Waitress

The Waitress is a comedy-drama written and directed by Adrienne Shelly. The film stars Keri Russell as Jenna; a pie diner waitress stuck in a loveless marriage with a controlling, violent man. Jenna’s life changed when she ran away from her dismal marriage after a passionate affair. At the end of the film, Jenna starts over and came back stronger with a new pie business that serves colorful pies.  Talk about coming full circle.

Memorable Quote:

Jenna: I Hate My Husband Pie: You take bittersweet chocolate and don’t sweeten it. You make it into a pudding and drown it in caramel.

Erin Brockovich

Julia Roberts plays Erin Brockovich, a down-on-her-luck single mother who fought against a multi-million power company… and won. The film is a classic retelling of David versus Goliath only this time; it involves a tough-talking mom in a push-up bra + a horde of suits at her heels. At the end of the film, Brockovich won her case and achieved a milestone in her career.

Memorable Quote:

Erin Brockovich: Now, I’m smart, I’m hard-working, and I’ll do anything, and I’m not leaving here without a job. Don’t make me beg. If it doesn’t work out, fire me… but don’t make me beg!

Chocolat

Chocolat is a 2000 romantic comedy film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. The film is based on Joanne Harris’ novel of the same name.

Vianne Rocher (Binoche) is a single mother slash chocolatier who starts a business in a quiet French village. As her sweet treats ignited changes within the lives of the townsfolk, Binoche goes head to head with the town mayor. The film is all about pursuing your passions and breaking social taboos and long-held traditions along the way!

Memorable Quote:

Vianne Rocher: Things could be different for you, Josephine. Serge doesn’t rule the world.

Legally Blonde

Legally Blonde looks like your ordinary, feel-good chick flick but the film is so much more than that.  This summer blockbuster stars Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods, a sorority girl who goes to Harvard Law School to win back her ex. Despite being dismissed as a delusional ditz, Elle shows there’s more to her than meets the eye. Not only did she help her role model avoid a conviction for a crime she didn’t commit, but Elle also graduated summa cum laude. Well that, and she found a loving partner who supports her career!

Memorable Quote:

Warner Huntington III: You got into Harvard Law?

Elle: What? Like it’s hard?

Sunshine Cleaning

Sunshine Cleaning is a 2008 comedy drama that stars Amy Adams as Rose, a single mother working as a maid. Unable to make enough money as a house cleaner, Rose teams up with her sister and starts a business: cleaning up crime scenes. The sisters became successful after gaining lucrative deals from their growing connections. With a newfound perspective on life, Rose runs her own business while caring for her eccentric father.

Memorable Quote:

Rose Norkowski: Yeah. I do. We come into people’s lives when they have experienced something profound – and sad. And they’ve lost somebody, you know? And the circumstances, they’re always different. But that’s the same. And we help. In some small way we… we help.

First Wives Club

Diane Keaton, Bette Middler, and Goldie Hawn star as three middle-aged divorcees who banded together to seek revenge on their ex-husbands. The friends created the “First Wives Club,” a company devoted on extracting revenge on men who left their wives for younger women. The startup gained notoriety among the rich and privileged while becoming a haven for distraught women after suffering through a divorce.

Memorable Quote:

Ivana Trump: Ladies, you have to be strong and independent. And remember, don’t get mad, get everything.

The Proposal

Now before you dismiss The Proposal as a shallow, corny rom-com, here me out! Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate added fire and personality to the character! The story revolves around Tate, a big shot executive who faces US deportation from an expired visa. She forces her hot assistant Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) to pose as her fiancé to stop her impending deportation.

Tate is not exactly the nicest boss, but as the film progresses, we see how the stone cold executive soften up as she meets her fake fiancé’ family. Betty White as the eccentric “Gammy” is a delight to watch.

Memorable Quote:

Gammy: [upon being introduced to Margaret] Do you prefer Margaret or “Satan’s Mistress”?

Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams plays Becky, a driven executive producer who was hired to save a struggling morning show from cancellation. Through sheer will and hard work, the show’s ratings started picking up. Becky has been offered her dream job and must decide if she’s ready to move on or stick with the show she worked so hard on. The movie featured Hollywood heavyweights Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford.

Memorable Quote:

Becky Fuller: I will have you know that this show is very important to a lot of people, including, but not limited, to me! My ass is on the line here!

11 Famous Inspirational Quotes with Explanation

Success and hard work go hand in hand; one cannot exist without the other. Everyone needs a little encouragement to take that first step to the right direction. And if you’re going through a rough patch, here are famous inspirational quotes to keep in mind and take to heart:

11 of the Most Famous Inspirational Quotes with Explanation

“It is our darkest moments that we must focus on the light.” –Aristotle Onassis

Life is full of challenges and these challenges turn into lessons learned. Maybe you just lost a dear friend or you’re going through life-changing transitions, whatever it is, it’s important to stay strong and focus on the good things. Always think of what lies ahead when going through a difficult time. In the end, all these challenges will help you become a better person.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” –Joshua J. Marine

Life has a way of turning out differently from what you envisioned and that’s okay! The beauty of living is that you’re always learning something along the way. Challenges make life worth living.  These precious lessons will help you weather the storms.

"You cannot achieve success without overcoming roadblocks along the way."

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“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.” –Bill Cosby

If you’re like most people, you’re probably petrified at the idea of failing. The fact is, you cannot achieve success without overcoming roadblocks along the way. These roadblocks serve as your stepping stone towards achieving your life goals. Do not let your fear of failure keep you from becoming the strong, resilient person that you could be.

 “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” –Steve Jobs

Most people settle for something other than things that they are truly passionate about and in the end, they remain unhappy and dissatisfied with their personal or professional life. The secret to a fulfilling life is to pursue your passions. When you love what you do, work doesn’t feel like work. Going after what you want in life will lead to a rich, rewarding future.

 “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” –Maya Angelou

Some things in life are resistant to change and complaining about these will only cause discord in your own life. If there are aspects in your life that needs changing, by all means, do something about it. But if you cannot change something that bothers you, complaining about it will only affect your life.  Instead of complaining, look at the situation from a different perspective. If things did not go your way, find creative ways of getting around the problem, you might learn a thing or two!

"Throw caution to the wind and get out there, discover what lies ahead."

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain

Each one of us is given many opportunities to reach out fullest potentials. Do not let regret, disappointments, and grief keep you from being the person you’ve always dreamed of being! Throw caution to the wind and get out there, discover what lies ahead. Aim high, work hard, and always keep an eye out for opportunities to do great.

 “Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” –Eddie Rickenbacker

Courage is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s about overcoming one’s own fears that makes a person courageous. Do not let your own fears keep you from achieving your goals in life. Failing is just a part of process of achieving greatness, do not run from it. Learn from it.

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” –Napoleon Hill

Dreaming big is great but inaction won’t turn these dreams into reality. Do not wait for things to happen, go out there and live life. Make the most out of every opportunity, reach your fullest potentials. Turn dreams into desires and spring to action to make all your hopes a reality.

“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” –Bruce Lee

The human brain is a powerful tool. Use it right and you can achieve unbelievable feats. Let your fears take over and it could keep you from reaching your fullest potentials. If you firmly believe that nothing in this world could stop you from making your dreams come true, nothing ever will. Because nothing is impossible when you set your mind to it.

Do not let the opinions of others keep you from achieving success.

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“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” –David Brinkley

Do not let the opinions of others keep you from achieving success. The fact is, words are only hurtful if you let these words get to you. Instead of letting naysayers get to you, use their discouragements as a stepping-stone towards achieving your goals. Instead of focusing on negativity, thrive in positivity!

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn

Most of us grow dissatisfied with our lives because certain things did not turn out the way we want to. But instead of wasting time fretting about what could’ve been, do something about it. It’s never too late to make a change in your life. Change can be scary but it can be wonderful too! Embracing change opens the door to better opportunities!

5 Lessons to Learn from This Motivational Story on Time Management

Need a motivational story on time management? Most of us lead a fast-paced lifestyle. Virtually everything we do is done on the fly. And thanks to technology, we’re able to process information on the go.

But ask yourself this: when was the last time you took it slow? Can you remember the last time you took a breather, played with the kids or caught up with good friends? Does work keep you from cultivating meaningful connections with people that truly matter? Let’s take a look at the lessons to be learned from this motivational story on time management:

Jar and rocks story about time management

A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks right to the top, rocks about 2″ diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. The students laughed.

He asked his students again if the jar was full? They agreed that yes, it was.

The professor then picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this is your life.

The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children -anything that is so important to you that if it were lost, you would be nearly destroyed.

The pebbles are the other things in life that matter but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, house, or car. The sand is everything else, the “small stuff.”

“If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks.

The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important.

Pay attention to the things that are Important in your life and spend time on the Important.

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Lesson 1: Manage Your Time Well

In the motivational story on time management above, the professor says every aspect of your life affect the people around you and the things you hold dear. You can have time for everything as long as you learn what or who to prioritize first.

Living a rich, rewarding life means looking beyond the superficial. It’s about recognizing which part of your life to focus on. Nothing gives a person fulfillment than working hard for what he or she believes in. And we are at our happiest when we are building our ideal lives. You cannot create a happy life if you keep wasting your time on things that don’t matter. Do one thing at a time and do it well. Build your life on solid ground so you can thrive and weather the harshest of storms.

Lesson 2: Care For Things that Matter to You

If you’re like most people, you probably go through the motions without much thought about why you’re working so hard in the first place. Now for some, they work hard to afford nice things: a big house, a nice car, and money in the bank. All these things are valuable; we all aspire to a comfortable life for our family and ourselves. But sadly, there are others who focus too much on material possessions, not for others but for themselves.

The desire to accumulate material possessions could easily spill to all facets of a person’s life. The desire for wealth, fame, and influence is all consuming, addicting. And some people spend all their lives trying and failing to accumulate these things with not much thought about things that matter until it’s too late: their family, their health, their peace of mind.

Living a fulfilling life starts with knowing what’s important to you and holding it close to your heart. Life is too short to focus on things that don’t matter.

Lesson 3: Always Make Time for Things that Matters

We all lead a busy life, and most of us barely have time for cultivating meaningful connection. But really, when was the last time you ate dinner as a family or shared a good laugh with friends? What’s the point of working extra hours for the kids when your children think of you like a stranger in your home?

I’m sure work or whatever’s keeping you busy on the daily is important to the now. After all, it gives you a sense of purpose; it motivates you to keep going. But don’t let your busy lifestyle get in the way of caring for things that matter to you. Don’t wait until it’s too late, take a step back and make time for your friends and family. Do things that give you a sense of fulfillment. Try something new every day! When it comes to quality time with your family, be selfless.

Lesson 4: Achieving Balance in Life

Lesson 4: Achieving Balance in Life

In the story, the little pebbles that represent minor things in a life crowded the bigger stones. Hence, the bigger stones, which represent all the important things in life, have very little room in the jar. This means you just cannot focus too much on one thing and then completely neglect the other. You must learn to find balance in your life to create harmony. If you don’t, you’ll always end up neglecting certain aspects of your life. And this will lead to discord and dissatisfaction.

Achieving balance in life doesn’t mean cramming every possible activity you can in a day. It’s about making compromises, setting your priorities, and never sweating the small stuff.

Lesson 5: Develop an Efficient Mindset

Planning ahead and taking a breather help create an efficient mindset. After all, an active mindset is critical to managing time well. Cluttering your life with unnecessary things will only slow you down.

You must always have quality time for yourself and your family. Focus on activities that enrich your life. Don’t waste a good day drowning in a steady stream of work-related tasks and activities. Slow down, connect with your friends and families, learn to recharge. Take a breather to clear your head. This way, you don’t feel so burned out at work. You can take on any task with ease knowing that you don’t deprive yourself of a good time.

7 Motivational Stories for Sales People to Increase Sales

Know anyone who needs a sales advice? These motivational stories for sales people will help them inspire them to achieve their goals! Selling something, anything is a skill. And it takes practice to make any sales pitch work!

Just like anything in life, there are good days, and they are bad days. If you know anyone who needs a little inspiration to help them make a sale, here are the best motivational stories for sales people that will give them a push in the right direction:

Amazing Motivational Stories for Sales People for Better Revenues

The Dog that Says Meow

One day, a sign appeared in an office window. It read: “Help wanted. Must type70 words a minute. Must be computer literate. Must be bilingual. An equal opportunity employer.”

A dog ambling down the street saw the sign, walked in and applied for the job.

The office manager said, “I can’t hire a dog for this job.” The dog pointed to the line: “An equal opportunity employer.”

The manager said, “Take this letter and type it.”

The dog went off to the typewriter and returned a minute later with the finished letter entirely typed.

So the manager said, “Here’s a problem. Write a computer program for it and run it.”

Fifteen minutes later, the dog came back with the correct answer. The manager still wasn’t convinced. “But I can’t hire a dog for this position,” he said. “You’ve got to be bilingual.”

The dog looked up at the manager and replied, “Meow.”

Moral of the Story

If you have what it takes to make it, nothing is impossible. The dog in the story is not just qualified for the job; he is also motivated to succeed. He knows that he’s the perfect person – or canine, for that matter – for the job and he’s not going to let anyone bag the job. He didn’t let the fact that he’s a dog get in the way of reaching his goals. He’s a go-getter, willing to go out there and sell his skills to bag his dream job, as one should.

#Salestips 1. If you have what it takes to make it, nothing is impossible. Click To Tweet

Selling is no doubt a hard job, but with the right mindset and a ton of hard work, you can achieve your goals! Regardless if the dog was able to bag the job or not, he’s one committed pooch.

Excuses, Not an Answer

After landing his invasion forces on the shores of some country, the sixteenth-century Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes would immediately burn his boats. He was sending his army a message: “We can’t turn back. Either we succeed here, or we die here.”

Moral of the Story

No More Excuses

Excuses are not an option. Let’s face it, when things don’t go our way, most of us tends to blame it on everyone or everything to make ourselves feel better. It’s okay if things did not pan out the way you envisioned but putting the blame on others is a different story. The brave conquistador is not messing around, either he becomes successful, or he dies trying. He is committed to turning the situation around in his favor.

#Salestip 2. Excuses are not an option. Click To Tweet

Excuses are only for people who are unwilling to live up to whatever standards they have for themselves. If you’re not willing to put in the work, you simply cannot expect to accomplish great things. Instead of spending your energy complaining and blaming everyone for your failure, look for ways to get things done. Work around the problem, do not whine. No one likes hearing excuses; results are the only thing that matters.

Minister and Son

A son wants to play catch on a Friday evening with his dad. The dad, who is a minister, is tired and has to prepare his sermon for a church that week. To change the subject, he asks his son how school was that week. The son tells him that they learned about world geography and all the fabulous places to go.

Coincidentally as they are talking the dad notices on the back of the newspaper, there’s a picture of the world showing the continents. To buy himself some time so that he can write his sermon the dad suggests to his son that he cut up the picture of the world and that the son then pieces it back together to practice his world geography.

Dad says to the boy, “Son, once you are finished we will play catch.” The dad thinks that this task will take a while and will allow him the necessary time to write his sermon.

Within ten minutes, the boy calls his dad to announce that he is finished. The dad is astonished. He asks his son “How did you do it?”

The son says, “I looked on back of that picture of the world, and I saw a picture of a person. I figure that if I could get the person right then, I could get the world right.”

The dad says to his son, “Let’s go play ball, by the way, you have given me my sermon for Sunday.”

Moral of the Story

Looking at things from a different perspective could help you resolve any problem you’re dealing with quickly and efficiently. The father in the story thought that maps are so confusing that the task he gave his son would take a while to complete. But the boy is much smarter, instead of focusing on the complex graphics on the front, he turned the picture to the other side, revealing a picture. Hence, it was much easier to piece together the image by putting together the picture from the back.

#Salestip 3. Look at things from a different perspective. Click To Tweet

Sometimes it takes a little creativity and ingenuity to deal with a problem but most of us would rather focus on the singular aspect of a dilemma to set things right. Thinking out of the box will help you simplify what looks like a complicated problem and find better solutions.

Old Fire Truck with Broken Brakes

Old Fire Truck with Broken Brakes

An Ohio gentleman whose oil well caught fire. He put out an all-points bulletin for assistance. To ensure a heavy response, the oil baron also offered a $30,000 reward to whoever could quench the flames. All the large firehouses from Newell, Chester, East Liverpool, Wellsville, Salineville, and Dillonville sent help. They dispatched their best companies, accompanied by their most modern fire-fighting equipment. However, not one of their trucks could get within 200 yards of the blaze. The heat was just too intense.

Finally, the Calcutta Township Volunteer Fire Department appeared on the scene. They had only one rickety truck equipped with a single ladder, two buckets of water, three buckets of sand, and a blanket. It didn’t even come with a hose.

When that old truck reached the point where all those other fire companies had stopped, its driver didn’t hesitate. He kept barreling ahead until he and his crew were on top of the blaze. Calcutta’s volunteers leaped out of the truck, threw the two buckets of water and three buckets of sand on the inferno, then beat the fire out with the blanket.

The oilman was so impressed by this display of courage; he gave the driver $30,000 in cash on the spot and asked, “What are you and your men going to do with all that money?”

The driver didn’t hesitate, replying, “The first thing we’re going to do is get those gosh darn brakes on that truck fixed!”

Moral of the Story

It takes courage and sacrifice to overcome the odds. In the story, other firehouses were not able to get near the blaze because it’s too hot. And when the going gets tough, they just wasted time in the sidelines, watching as the inferno spread all over the property. The old fire truck got past 200 yards of the blaze, effectively eliminating the fire and saving the day. Sure, the whole thing wouldn’t be possible had the truck’s brakes were working properly, but the results are what matters.

#Salestip 3. It takes courage and sacrifice to overcome the odds. Click To Tweet

The limitation is only an illusion that will only hold you back just as the other fire trucks in the story failed to get rid of the fire. Fortune befriends the bold, if you want to succeed in life, you have to take on any challenge full on.

Think Outside the Box

A golfer is standing at a beautiful par five hole at the St. Simon Island Golf Club. He hits a perfect approach shot. As the golfer walks up over a knoll in front of the green, he can’t find the ball. After further searching, he sees the ball has rolled into a paper bag on the side of the green. So what does he do?

Take a stroke and remove the ball from the bag.

Give it a good, old-fashioned whack.

Wait and hope the wind blows the bag away from the ball.

None of the above!

Instead, he takes out a match and burns the bag.

He’s an outside the box thinker.

Moral of the Story

Think outside the box! There are many ways to resolve a problem; it’s just a matter of looking at things from a different perspective to get things done. Most people deal with a certain problem the same way, regardless if there are much easier ways to get around the issue. Why? Because they’re used to doing things that way.

#Salestip 5. Think outside the box! Click To Tweet

The golfer in the story is not interested in solving conventional problems the conventional way. His creative streak allowed him to move forward with the littlest of effort.  Keeping an open mind is one way to overcome hurdles that keep you from achieving your goals.

Taking Time Off

Taking Time Off

Over a period, all sea-going vessels accumulate barnacles. Barnacles are a marine organism which forms a hard shell attached to a ship’s surface, fouling the ship’s bottom. The accumulation of small individual barnacles on a ship’s bottom can add tons to the ship’s weight creating a tremendous drag. This reduces the ship’s efficiency and adds huge costs to the ship’s operation. At regular intervals, the ship must be dry docked to have the barnacles scraped off its bottom.

There is a species of barnacle, which requires no salt water for its growth and multiplication. It attaches itself to the bottom of salespeople creating a tremendous drag on sales. Sales then are dragged to a screeching halt. If they increase at all, it is with glacier-like slowness.

Professional salespeople, just like ships, must go into the dry dock from time to time to have the barnacles removed.

Moral of the Story

Most of us lead a fast-paced life. We do everything on a schedule, and we try to cram every possible activity in a single day. By the day’s end, we feel tired, restless, and miserable. And the work keeps coming!

Take some time off to get better results. Just like anything in life, we need to step back, take some time off, and recharge to get things done. If you don’t take a time out, you’ll become miserable at work. Then your unhappiness will spread to other facets of your life, and this affects the people around you.

#Salestip 6. Take some time off to get better results. Click To Tweet

A breather is not only beneficial to the mind but the body too. We all need a little break to come back stronger, better than ever before. Try it.  If you don’t, you’ll end up burning out.

Know Your Objective

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy had an objective. It was to get back home to Kansas. That’s what she told the Scarecrow, the Tim Man, the Cowardly Lion and finally the Wizard himself. She knew what she wanted. The First Basic Principle of the 30-Second message is to have a clear-cut objective.

Moral of the Story

Never lose sight of your objectives. Why do you work so hard? Why are you trying to do everything you can to succeed? Just like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you probably have your priorities sorted out to accomplish your goal.

Some people spend all their lives working for something, but they never accomplish anything. These people live the rest of their lives in regret. They’re like lost sheep, unable to find their way home. Your objectives will serve as stepping stones to your success. By not losing sight of the reason why you’re working so hard, to begin with, you will achieve your life goals.

7 Lessons from the Motivational Stories for Sales People

Stories taken from The Next Level Consulting.

Inspirational Stories of Great Leaders on Failure and Success

Success and failure go hand in hand. That’s why achieving success after years of trying and failing is so satisfying. You won’t know true success without experiencing soul-crushing failure. Your failure will not define you, your actions do. But don’t take my word for it, here are inspirational stories of great leaders who beat the odds and ended up winning at life.

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Richard Branson, Virgin Airline Founder

Before

Sir Richard Branson is no stranger to magazine features. After all, the veteran executive is always topping Forbes’ list of the richest personalities in the world. As one of the driving forces behind Virgin Airlines, Branson singlehandedly transformed the low-cost airline industry. Not bad for a high school dropout, a hippie with poor math skills.

As a brash 20-year-old, Richard Branson had a penchant for get-rich-quick schemes. These schemes got him arrested twice and jailed once for suspicion of tax evasion. Success didn’t come early for young Richard. His businesses failed, one after another. He struggles from dyslexia, which made it painfully hard to manage a growing business. His poor math skills led him to distrust numbers. But what he lacks in certain skills, he compensates by persevering.

After

A true daredevil, Branson became famous for his record setting attempts. He founded Virgin Records and started its sister company, Virgin Atlantic Airways. His airline company faced fierce competition from more established airlines, but he went after his passion. This, despite bitter court battles with British Airways, money-draining failures, and rising fuel costs in the early 90s. At 67, Branson had a net worth of $5.2 billion and was knighted by the Queen for “services to entrepreneurship.”

Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder

Before

Before becoming the world’s youngest billionaire – a self-made one, at that – 17-year-old Bill Gates was a Harvard University dropout reeling from a failed business called Traf-O-Data. The enterprising teen teamed up with his childhood friend, Paul Allen, and built their business around website traffic counters they made based on the Intel 8008 processor. According to Gates, his first business failed because the product “didn’t work.”

After

Bill Gates delivering key note at IT Forum 2004 in Copenhagen
Bill Gates delivering key note at IT Forum 2004 in Copenhagen (taken by Kees de Vos from The Hague, The Netherlands

Even at a young age, Gates knew that computers are the future. He dreamed of a future where every home has a personal computer. And he made this a reality by teaming up with an old friend, Paul Allen and founded Microsoft. Gates and Allen used their past experiences to develop a stable business.

His failures did not stop at launching Microsoft, but by the time he hit 30 years old, he was the youngest billionaire in the world. He’s also the only billionaire to top Forbes’ annual list of the richest personalities in the world 16 times in the past 21 years.

Steve Jobs, Apple Inc. Founder

Before

Just like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs had a rough start. A computer genius, Jobs was struggling in school because he was a loner. As one of his Stanford classmates said, Jobs had trouble fitting in since he was “an individual in a world where individuality was suspect.” Due to money issues, Jobs had to drop out of Reed College, but he continued attending auditing classes.

Jobs got his big break by working as a technician at Atari, this, after being mistaken by the company execs for inventing the game, Pong. The game was created by his friend and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

After

Steve jobs
Picture taken by juvetson.

It was in the late 70s when Jobs teamed up with Steve Wozniak and founded Apple Inc. Wozniak is a computer whiz who invented the first Apple computer, Apple I. Jobs and Wozniak perfected their prototype until Apple II became ready for mass production. The Apple II was one of the first successful mass-produced microcomputers in the business.

Apple Inc. became a massively successful software company but there was trouble brewing between Jobs and other executives. The iPhone maker made the mistake of recruiting John Sculley as CEO of Apple. Sculley would later organize a board campaign to fire Jobs. After being kicked out of Apple, Jobs created NeXT, but the company was not successful. In fact, its software division was sold to Apple. It was at this point that Steve made his triumphant return to Apple.

In his famous 2005 commencement speech at Stanford, Jobs recalled the humiliation he experienced after being booted out of the company he helped build. However, he said getting fired from Apple was the “best thing that could have ever happened” to him, adding that the “heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.”

Steven Spielberg, Oscar-Winning Director

Before

As a student, Steven Spielberg struggled in film school due to his C grade average. He applied to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts three times and failed. Eventually, he applied to California State University and got accepted.

Apart from attending classes, young Steven had an unpaid intern job at Universal Studios. Thanks to the internship, he learned how to edit films and a rare opportunity to create a short film set for theatrical release. His Amblin short film impressed studio vice president Sidney Sheinberg so much; he offered Steven a long term deal as a director. He would become the youngest director in Hollywood to be signed for such deal.

Early in his career as a director, Spielberg came across many challenges, some of which outstripped his accomplishments. One such failure is the movie Sugarland Express. The film was well received by critics, but it was a dud at the box office. It was at this moment that Spielberg became determined to produce a hit.

After

Spielberg received a script about a killer shark and was convinced that this was the blockbuster movie that will launch his career. But making the movie was problematic since day 1. From mechanical failures to delays, shooting Jaws was a painful process for everyone involved. Thanks to delays, the planned 55-shooting day dragged out to 159, forcing the studio to increase the initial budget of $4.5 million to $10 million. Spielberg thought the film would be the end of his career. The entire experience left Spielberg so traumatize; he suffered from severe panic attacks during and months after completing the film.

By the end of it, the studio was pressuring Spielberg to complete the film and the good director had to improvise to make it work.

Jaws then became one of the most iconic and highly successful films in Hollywood history. The film earned $7 million on its opening weekend and recouped production costs in just two weeks. It became the highest grossing film of all time until Star Wars’ debut two years later. The film received multiple awards in sound mixing, music score, and film editing. It was nominated for the Oscars for Best Picture.