Looking Back 2 Move Forward: Brownie Wise, The Tupperware Queen

Brownie realized that women who had been employed during World War II were now looking for a means to engage in business and earn money of their own.  She saw an opportunity and encouraged women to host parties and sell Tupperware, creating a sales staff that she supervised. Brownie Wise wasn’t born into a wealth or opportunity, but through hard ...

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The Father of Mickey Mouse

All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. – Walt Disney Walt Disney (1923-66) is the Founder and Chief Executive Office of The Walt Disney Company who created ...

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Looking Back 2 Move Forward: Irving Mills

In the first half of the 20th Century, Mills Music was one of the largest music companies in the United States.  Its chief competition was Jules Stein’s Music Corporation of America (MCA).  Irving Mills was a risk-taker who did more than just publish music and sell recordings.  Mills integrated bands and booked his bands into venues where African-Americans had not ...

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William Mcknight

William McKnight (1887-1978) was an American businessman and philanthropist who served his entire career in the 3M Company (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company). He joined the business which became 3M as an assistant bookkeeper in 1907 when it was on the brink of bankruptcy. He established a small laboratory to ensure that research and development was an integral part of the company, and ...

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Achieving Results the American Way

Ever since we are children, we all have dreams that carry us to adulthood. Growing up, I had a desire to escape hunger and experience the world; however, communism didn’t make it any easier for me. From controlling us with rationed food and water, to selective television programs promoting the dictator, we were brainwashed to believe that our lives were as good as it got. ...

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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. – S. Jobs

Steve Jobs dies at the age of 56.  In tribute to him and his legacy, here are some of our favorite quotes from the visionary that created such Apple products as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.   Stay hungry. Stay Foolish There’s an old Wayne Gretzky quote that I love. ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where ...

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Social Entrepreneurship Making a Global Difference

Entrepreneurs have always used innovation to solve unique problems.  But the sort of traditional problem-solving skills in which entrepreneurs typically excel hasn’t always tended to address social problems.  Social entrepreneurs are proving that business success and altruism aren’t mutually exclusive.  In fact, the opposite is true.  Part of the reason that social entrepreneurship is proving to be so effective lately ...

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Accidental Goals Along The Way To Your Goals

I’m just a regular straight-talking guy who worked hard, took risks, and built an insurance business from nothing into a huge success. It didn’t happen overnight and he came close to failure many times. I achieved success by doing certain things I learned on the streets and I’d like to share a few of those ideas.  Some of these little ...

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Entrepreneur As Artist

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness…the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man [or woman] could have dreamt would have come his [or her] way. ...

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Entrepreneurs Are Born, Not Made

I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Some may find it hard to believe, but from a very young age I was a risk taker and overly ambitious. How else can I explain ending up in the United States with nothing but $62 in my pocket and two pieces of luggage filled with more books than clothes.  Even as a foreigner ...

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