For the most part, every great entrepreneur, who hasn't inherited his riches, has had to work hard for what he's gotten. And then there are those who had to go through the struggle. If you think your road to success is bumpy, take heart. These guys might be able to feel your pain, or, most likely, may have felt more.
It took a bit of self-reflection for Woodman to get to where he is now. Before he made it big with his GoPro cameras, he had to do some soul searching after failing with his first two entrepreneurial attempts, the second of which drew distinct ridicule. In an interview with Forbes, Woodman stated:
Woodman picked himself up though, and after building his first miniature camera, which he tethered to his wrist while surfing, he found the concept that would drive him to success, all the while remembering his failure.
Before funding the Mavericks all the way to an NBA Championship in 2011, before becoming a celebrity investor on ABC's "Shark Tank," Mark Cuban was the most modest of hard workers. Despite his hard work through high school and college, he had it rough in the workforce early on. Instead of "crying life's not fair," he made it fair for himself.
Cuban also recalls working for bosses he hated, having (essentially) ran away from his first manager after being hated on and, when he found his way to Dallas, was fired after he made an ambitious sale behind another manager's back (this manager was hating too, quite frankly). After leaving that company, Your Business Software, he found a way to start his own, MicroSolutions, at the age of 25.
If you're a fan of Will Smith, then you'll definitely be a fan of this man whom the Fresh Prince portrayed in the 2006 film "Pursuit of Happyness." Chris Gardner, just to recap, is the head of his own multimillion-dollar stock brokerage firm, Garner Rich and Co. who had to endure a year of homelessness before reaping the rewards of hard work.
Gardner's story was so compelling that a motion picture based on his life was always inevitable and, not to mention, deserved. After he founded his company in 1987, without a college degree, he started his own business with $10,000 that is still going strong today.
As BusinessWeek put it, that's "Not bad for a guy who, six years before founding his own brokerage firm, was 'fighting, scratching, and crawling [his] way out of the gutter with a baby on [his] back.'"
Before Daymond John joined fellow shark Mark Cuban on ABC, the Queens, New York native was in his basement -- that is, when he wasn't on shift at Red Lobster -- making clothes for us by us, young people, presumably. In regards to how difficult it was to promote his product while working, he told fourhourworkweek.com: