They’ve got an aggregate wealth of $6.4 trillion. Forbes 500 richest people on the planet and at $76 billion Bill Gates is back on top.
What’s a few bucks between friends?
But when you read their bio’s, you might notice something.
Almost all of them made their fortune through business.
Did I mention there’s a bit of money to be made in beer?
And while some on them did, yes, inherit their millions, most of them are self-made men and women who simply had an idea. And did something about it.
Take Keiichiro Takahara. He made $3.5B out of nappies. Nappies full of **** you throw away! Couldn’t have done that in the days of cloth. Or the Mars duo. They have a combined wealth of $40B out of the humble lolly (and because we’re talking US dollars, AUD$ it’s even higher). Then there’s Mark Zuckerberg. He was probably wearing Takahara’s nappies when he made his $28.5B fortune with an idea about bringing people together. In case you haven’t heard, it’s called facebook.
But when you’re talking that much money, it really doesn’t matter, does it. What’s more important is an understanding that it can be done. And people, young and old, do it ALL the time.
I wonder how many of those businesses started as a great idea around the kitchen table? Or a thought kicked around over a game of pool? Or just something that popped into their head while catching a train? J.K. Rowling knows what I’m talking about. Or as Einstein said, he got his best ideas while shaving.
But what we don’t see on the list is the blood, sweat and tears, the guts and stamina, the determination and drive, the investment that it takes to pull something like this off. Not an overnight success, but sometimes years in the making. Persistence. Passion. Vision. Strategy. Single-mindedness. Wisdom.
And an entrepreneurial mindset.
But they didn’t do it alone. They knew when to ask for help.
Learn what you can.
Buy what you need.
Apply it all diligently.
It’s a winning formula.
What will YOU do with your next great idea?
“Money never starts an idea; it is the idea that starts the money.” – William J. Cameron