Everyone wants to play big in life. But playing big brings along the demand of expanding one’s courage. This means testing your own potential, taking chances and ditching your fear of failure. It means taking risks! Have a look at how these entrepreneurs can be the fuel to your fire.
Andrew W. Houston is a billionaire entrepreneur, best known for being the co-founder and CEO of Dropbox. Over 177 million people use Dropbox but not many know who to thank. It started during his studies as an MIT student. Drew was upset of carrying around a USB and even emailing himself documents in order to transfer information across computers. They say, need is the mother of invention, so he co-founded Dropbox, which allows file access through any computer via cloud.
He didn’t make it to the billionaire list without taking bumpy rides. The biggest fear for sure have been, Steve Jobs taking over the Dropbox market with iCloud. But it was all worth it in the end.
“If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.” -Rear Admiral Grace Hopper
Can you imagine how scary it can be making a major career switch? When it seems like you will have to give up on your dream of becoming a part of the Olympic team. Vera Wang is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. She was a competitive figure skater but couldn’t make it in the US Olympic team of 1968. She was turned down for the position of editor-in-chief at Vogue, even though she was working there as an editor. Then, she joined Ralph Lauren as design director for accessories, where she worked for two years. By this time she had found a new career, fashion designing. At the time of her wedding, she was frustrated by the lack of stylish wedding dresses. This led her to the ultimate pursuit of a career in bridal fashion design. Today, she is one of the biggest names in the business.
Wanting to be on the Olympic team, being hired as an editor and then ending up as design director; “She isn’t focused!”, anyone would say this but Vera was all in for exploring until she got her niche. As a go-getter, she knew that she will fail but she also believed that she will succeed.
“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.” -Ellen DeGeneres
Average commercial mortgage brokers do not have educational or advancement opportunities at their fingertips. But experienced mortgage brokers like Kris Roglieri have learned it all through risk-taking experiences. Kris is the founder of financial companies including Prime Commercial Lending which offers business and commercial real estate financing products, Durham Commercial Capital which specializes in nonrecourse factoring, and NACLB (National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers). NACLB is the only commercial loan broker association in the US. With starting Commercial Capital Training Group in 2009, Kris wanted to develop a generation of commercial mortgage brokers who had the knowledge and the necessary networking skills to succeed. Kris is all about finance and has proved to be a successful financier and entrepreneur. He also founded a full-service digital marketing agency, The Finance Marketing Group, providing marketing services to Banks, Lenders, Brokers and Financial Services companies worldwide. Throughout his career, Kris has financed more than $1 billion of transactions.
His financial companies are highly successful companies, financing over $300 Million loans annually. His training company was listed in Inc. Magazine’s 2014 list of America's fastest growing companies. He has been tapped for his expertise on commercial landing and quoted in news outlets and publications like Fox Business News, The Washington Post, and Bloomberg. He was named one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the New York State by Forbes. All this wouldn’t at all have been possible without taking risks and facing the fear of failures.
“Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.” -Anonymous