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The Most Famous Failures. That’s What People Thought They’d Be

March 28, 2016

What do you think of when you read the following list of people?

  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
  • Bill Gates (Microsoft)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Entertainment)
  • Michael Dell (Dell Computers)
  • John Mackey (Whole Foods)
  • Steve Jobs (Apple)
  • Elizabeth Holmes (Theranos)
  • Larry Ellison (Oracle)
  • Henry Ford (Ford)
  • Amancio Ortega (Zara)
  • Larry Page (Google)
  • Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren)
  • David Geffen (Geffen Records)
  • Walt Disney (Disney)
  • Richard Branson (Virgin)
  • Hiroshi Yamaguchi (Nintendo)
  • Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
  • James Cameron (Filmmaker)

Is it money? Success? Power?

Yes, they all have that. It’s almost the “who’s who” list of “people who have made it.”

But, they all share something much more in common: They were laughed at, ostracized, ignored and sabotaged.

They also are all college dropouts and they are all worth over one billion dollars.

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So isn’t it ironic that some of the most successful people in the world were demonized before they made it?

Not until they were able to show monetary gain were they given credit for pursuing ventures worthwhile.

I’m not trying to bash college educations or put emphasis on the need to become rich, but I am pointing out that the path that so many are afraid to pursue is often the only way one will obtain their goals.

We’ve all been ‘mentored’ or had people chime in with their opinion of what we should be doing. Go to school, read this, go there, say that, think like him, vote for her, live like everyone else.

Of course, it’s always nice to get advice from someone ‘who has been there before.’

But what if you don’t want to be like the person who is guiding you through life?

It’s a tough position. Generally, we as humans, follow those ahead of us without questioning the ultimate destination. We assume that another’s journey is the correct direction to follow.

The irony, of course, is that we also assume we will achieve a different outcome even though we follow those whose destiny we don’t want.

We’re pack animals, so it’s not strange that we do this.

It takes specific effort and guts to stray from the framework that has been set out before us, just as those individuals listed above were able to do.

So, if you’re in doubt of the path you are pursuing, just remember what the people on that list went through – and more importantly, where they ended up.

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On a another note, have you been paying attention to the metals market? Gold and silver specifically. I currently don’t know of a safer investment than silver right now, and there is plenty of proof to support that.

If any of that resonates with you, then you need to join me as I explore all the things that ‘give you luck.’ I’ll share fun adventures, outlooks on world events and investing ideas, giving ‘luck’ for anyone who is willing to take it. But I’ll warn you, I will challenge your ideas and your perception of what life is and how to become wealthy. Truth is rarely easy to digest.