We have always looked forward to stories that would inspire like how Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple in a garage, or when Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft or the compelling tales of leaders like A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who could turn anything into gold just by laying their hands on it.
We bring to you five stories, which despite being very well acclaimed will manage to inspire you beyond limits.
1. Jack Ma
His company now handles more packages than E-bay and Amazon combined but this was never the case. He used to teach English at a local school for $20 and was rejected for a slew of jobs, including one at a KFC. In 1999, he gathered his wife and 17 friends in his small apartment in Hangzhou and with $60,000 started a business to sell one another goods. That day, it took three and a half hours to load a half webpage. After loads of silicon valley-esque speeches, uncounted working hours, and many penniless days later, Jack Ma’s valuation now stands at $20 Billion, just 1000,000,000 the money he was earning while teaching English at the local school.
2. Jan Koum
Jan Koum was born in Ukraine and escaped from there along with his mother and came to U.S. where he cleaned and mopped a grocery store trying to make the ends meet. By 18, he had learned computer programming all by himself. He applied to Facebook and was promptly rejected. Years later, after Whats-app had brought him to prominence, his company was bought by Facebook for $19 billion, and he was given a place amongst the board of directors at Facebook.
3. Soichiro Honda
His design for an innovative piston, which took him seven years to build and even had to pawn his wife’s jewellery, was turned down by Toyota. He didn’t give up on his idea and started a small factory only to be razed to the ground twice during the WW2. He built it up for the third time only this time, an Earthquake destroyed it. After the war, gasoline was in short supply, and Honda developed a bicycle with a motor in it. He needed capital to put his idea into production, so he wrote letters to 18,000 bicycle shop owners, asking them to help him make Japan a leader in the motorcycle market. He exported his first motorized bicycle to U.S. where it was an instant hit and this was how the biggest motorcycle brand in the world.
4. Arunima Sinha
She is the world’s first amputee to climb Mount Everest. She was a volleyball champion. On 11 April 2011, She lost her leg when some thieves tried to snatch her chain in a train and threw her out of the moving train. After spending a whole night on the railway track wounded, She was treated in a local hospital without any anaesthesia. Later she got her further treatment in All India Institute of medical sciences. She was provided with a prosthetic leg free of cost by a private company. She then decided to do which no one could ever imagine in that state. She decided to climb Mount Everest. After a long training and with the guidance of Bachendri Pal, she successfully reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10:55 am on 21 May 2013. She did all this with a prosthetic leg.
5. Srikanth Bola
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When Srikanth Bola was born, his parents were advised to get rid of him, but somehow he survived.Despite getting 90% in class 10th, he was not allowed to chose Science stream for 12th; he sued the State Govt., fought for 6 months, and won the case. He scored 98% with Science in 12th but still the IITs and NITs didn’t give him a hall ticket for writing competitive exams, he applied overseas and got selected in 4 of the most prestigious colleges in the world: MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, and Carnegie Mellon. He chose Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received a scholarship, and was MIT’s first International blind student. After returning from the US in 2012, he launched Bollant Industries, where 60% of employees are poor, physically challenged. This 450 employees company is now worth Rs 50 crore, and even Ratan Tata had to invest in him.