There is a lot of pressure put on us throughout our youth to "figure it out." Figure out what college we want to go to, what field we want to study in and ultimately what we are going to do for the rest of our lives. This pressure begins in your teenage years and follows you until you are old and grey. There is a misconception that if you don’t succeed by a certain age, your time limit expires. This is far from true. Success is reached and dreams are accomplished through hard work, perseverance and all around motivation. There is no reason to feel guilty in your twenties if you don’t know what you want to do with your life, the following ten people were once exactly like you, and now they are some of the world's most successful and fascinating people.
What the following ten icons demonstrate is that you can't accomplish anything by giving up. They all faced individual hardships and were rejected, fired and unemployed at one point or another. The next ten entrepreneurs demonstrate that you are never too old to accomplish greatness and that every obstacle you have faced is placed in front of you for a reason.
10 Tim Westergren - Pandora Radio
9 Martha Stewart
8 Sam Walton - WalMart
7 Tory Burch
6 Henry Ford - Ford Motor Company
5 J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter Empire
4 Jan Koum - WatsApp
3 Arianna Huffington
2 Mark Cuban - MicroSolutions
1 Oprah Winfrey
Oprah knew what she was meant to do and she didn’t let anything stop her. After countless low paid news anchor gigs in the south, Oprah decided to take a leap of faith and move to Chicago to host the morning talk show A.M. Chicago in 1983. In 1986 she was doing such an incredible job they changed the name to The Oprah Winfrey Show and signed a syndication deal that lead her to fame and fortune. Oprah was 33 at the time and had no idea what her life was leading to. Today she is worth around $3 billion and she is not even close to being done.
Sources: biography.com, forbes.com, businessinsider.com, techcrunch.com
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