College Students Turned Successful Entrepreneurs

College Students Turned Successful Entrepreneurs

I read this book once called The Student Success Manifesto (The Guide to Creating a Life of Passion Purpose, and Prosperity) written by Michael Simmons and I thought I should share this particular chapter with you. This book is about how you can become a successful business person while in school. This particular chapter I share with you is about college students turned successful entrepreneurs and how you too may become one.


Here we go:

Successful Extreme Entrepreneurs are made not born. Anybody can become one. If you think you are too young or not educated enough to achieve your wildest dream, then think again. Considering the following excerpt from a study on the founders of Inc. 500 companies (, America’s fastest growing private companies:

Forty percent of the Inc. 500 founders had no experience in the industry they were entering…Over one-third of Inc. 500 founders were out of work when they started their companies, many others had just a few years on the job. These entrepreneurs have few if any contacts in the field they are going to enter…It is their personality, adaptability, and their willingness to provide specialized products or services that wins the day, rather than traditional industry expertise they bring.


I’ve met dozens of students who are Extreme Entrepreneurs, and doing well in school is definitely not a prerequisite of success (although it can certainly help). If you think that just because you did not get into a highly ranked school, or just because you have been getting lower average grades, you won’t succeed, think again. Being a successful Extreme Entrepreneur is based on a different set of standards that school does not necessarily teach or measure. If entrepreneurs had to be book smart, then people who were still in college would not be able to create more successful businesses than people 20 years older. Yet they can.

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Some examples of businesses started by young people either in school, or just out, are:



Bill Gates (with Paul Allen) after leaving Harvard as junior.



Michael Dell, while attending the University of Texas.



Hershey Foods Corporation

Milton Hershey opened his first candy shop in 1876 at 18 years of age. It failed six years later, but he hit gold ten years after that when he founded the Lancaster Caramel Company. The Hershey Food Company later became a subsidiary.


Ryan Allis

During his senior year of high school, Ryan was able to take a pharmaceutical product to over $1 million in sales with creative web marketing.


Federal Express

Fred Smith was attending Yale. He wrote a business plan for Federal Express and was given a “C” by his professor.


Nantucket Nectars

Tom First and Tom Scott, after graduating Brown. In 2001, Nantucket Nectars had $66 million in revenue.



Steve Jobs (with Stephen Wozniak), after leaving Reed University.

Stephan Paternot and Todd Krizleman attracted a $20 million investment while attending Cornell. The company later went public.


Vivendi Universal

Barry Diller, after dropping out of the University of California at Los Angeles, became the unofficial head of programming for ABC by the time he was 23. He is now the CEO of Vivendi Universal.



Richard Branson dropped out of high school, started a magazine, and then later went on to start the Virgin “empire.”


Lillian Vernon

Lillian Vernon started her mail order business with a $2,000 wedding gift. At the time, she was 21, pregnant, and a housewife. In 2001, revenue was $287 million.


Barnes & Noble

Len Riggio, while attending New York University, started a book store that later turned into Barnes & Noble.


Rolling Stone Magazine

Jann Wenner, a University of California at Berkeley drop-out, founded his magazine at 21.


Def Jam

Rick Rubin, while attending NYU. He collaborated with Russell Simmons and produced such artists as Run D.M.C., Beastie Boys, and L.L. Cool J. and became a millionaire.



Jerry Yang, while attending Stanford.



Howard Jonas, after dropping out of Harvard, founded IDT, which had a market capitalization over $1 billion as of late 2002.

Jeff Taylor, who went to UMass for six years, but never graduated. While in college he started and ran five businesses.


Motion Picture Director of Star Wars Steven Spielberg

Dropped out of California State University, Long Beach. He finally graduated 33 years later in 2002 with a degree in film and electronic arts.



Phillip Knight, while attending Stanford.


Anthony Robbins Companies

Anthony Robbins never attended college and started a company called Achievement Enterprises, where he had 15 employees by the time he was 20. He later went on to create a self-development “empire.”


Domino’s Pizza

Tom Monaghan tried college six times but never got past his freshman year. In 1960, at 19, Tom borrowed $500 and purchased a pizza store called DomiNick’s. Four years later, he renamed the company Domino’s Pizza.



William Hewlett and David Packard, after leaving Stanford, started HP out of a garage.



Michael Bronner, while attending Boston University. He founded the company from his dorm room in order to help pay his tuition. Digitas is as of this writing a public company.


Hard Candy

Dineh Mohajer, while a pre-med student at the University of Southern California, was pushing $10 million in sales within months of starting her company in 1995. It was acquired by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey in 1999.



Fred Delucca while struggling to pay for college borrowed $1,000 from a family friend to open his first sandwich shop.


Polaroid Corporation

Edwin Land took two leaves of absence from Harvard. During the first leave of absence, he created a new kind of polarizer, which he called Polaroid. During the second leave of absence he started a laboratory with other young scientists.



Ted Turner was kicked out of Brown twice, before taking over the helm of his father’s failing billboard business when he was 24. He expanded the business into television. Turner used the profits from the company to launch CNN, the first 24-hour all-news cable channel.


Arnold Schwarzenegger 

Started training for Mr. Universe when he was 14 years old. By 20 years old, he was the competition’s youngest champion ever.



I bring up these profiles not to show that school is unimportant. On the contrary, I think it can be beneficial to many students when leveraged. My goal is to show that anybody can achieve anything. I hope that the statistics and real world examples I have brought up will give you the confidence to follow your dreams.

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Can you become one?

You have read these stories and seen that you are not too young to begin your own entrepreneurial career. It may not end up being as huge as these companies are but you can make it as big as you want it and be successful at it too. So, do you think you can become one of the few that’s ready to take your life into your hands and kick ass at it?

Then resolve today to make it happen and do not let anything or anybody stop you from reaching your goals and dreams.

Crucial Components for Fulfilling your Potentials

Crucial Components for Fulfilling your Potentials

These are the crucial components for fulfilling your potentials that you will need to make sure your potentials are fulfilled and you won’t wake up one day and regret anything at the end of your life. Become committed to the process of fulfilling your potentials, becoming the best that you were meant to be.

Many people surrender to mediocrity and think they cannot be better than they are, or some people know they can be better but are usually not willing to put in the extra work that is required to become that person they were meant to be; and it takes change to make it happen.


It’s not an Easy Process

I will not want to insult your intelligence by telling you that it is or will be an easy process, it is not. It takes hard work and dedication to make anything worth having come true. You have to put in a lot of hard work and dedication and you will have to sacrifice many pleasures to become the person you wish to be.


Parts of your life you can change include:

  • Personal finance
  • Personal health
  • Relationships
  • Spirituality


Personal Finance

Your personal finance is how you spend the money you make, how you save it and how you invest it. Many people make lots of money but spend it just as much which makes them always almost broke or even completely broke before the next cash flow comes in.

Taking care of your finances is a major part of life you have to master because now is the time to make and invest your money; because when you are old, you will not have all the energy we have now to make money like  you’re making now.


Personal Health

Health is wealth and that is why you cannot enjoy your money if your not in good health; that is why wealth is not health. Constant check-up is also necessary at least once a year to make sure you have a good bill of health.

Also be very careful with what you eat; because most of the people that enjoy great health in our society are very conscious of the type of food they eat. Eat good food and exercise regularly and you will have all the energy in the world to do what you want to do.



Relationships are, to a very large extent, the very measure of the kind of person we are or will become. Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. You are the average of your five closest friends. If you hang out with people that don’t bring out the best in you, you will notice gradually that you are decreasing in value.



Spirituality, in my opinion, is not just about being religious. It is about knowing that there is a higher power that you can turn to when things get rough; and that this power is looking out for you.

SEE ALSO: Difference between successful and unsuccessful people


What Part of your Life do you want to Change?

Take a good look at our life, what part do you think needs a change? If you have to start your life all over, what part would you love to change for the better?

50 Dwayne The Rock Johnson Quotes

50 Dwayne The Rock Johnson Quotes

These are the 50 Dwayne The Rock Johnson quotes that you’ll like; and if you’re a lover of quotes and also a Dwayne Johnson fan, you’ll even love this more.

50 Dwayne The Rock Johnson Quotes

  1. “Blood, sweat, and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn.” – Dwayne Johnson
  2. “One of the most important things you can accomplish is just being yourself.” – Dwayne Johnson
  3. “The first step to achieving your goal, is to take a moment to respect your goal. Know what it means to you to achieve it.” – Dwayne Johnson
  4. “The wall! Your success is on the other side. Can’t jump over it or go around it. You know what to do.” – Dwayne Johnson
  5. “There is no substitute for hard work. Always be humble and hungry.” – Dwayne Johnson
  6. “Wake up determined. Go to bed satisfied.” – Dwayne Johnson
  7. “We do today what they won’t, so tomorrow we accomplish what they can’t.” – Dwayne Johnson
  8. “When life puts you in touchy situations, don’t say “Why Me?” Just say “Try Me.”” – Dwayne Johnson
  9. “When you walk up to opportunities door, don’t knock it… Kick that bitch in, smile and introduce yourself.” – Dwayne Johnson
  10. “With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains.” – Dwayne Johnson

  11. “All successes begin with Self-Discipline. It starts with you.” – Dwayne Johnson
  12. “Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams.” – Dwayne Johnson
  13. “Grind Hard, Shine Hard.” – Dwayne Johnson
  14. “I like to use the hard times of the past to motivate me today.” – Dwayne Johnson
  15. “Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy, but being kind, in my opinion is important.” – Dwayne Johnson
  16. “Success isn’t overnight. It’s when everyday you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.” – Dwayne Johnson
  17. “Think back 5 years ago. Of where you’re at today. Think ahead 5 years and what you want to accomplish. Be Unstoppable.” – Dwayne Johnson
  18. “I grew up in a musical family; the majority of my growing up was done in Hawaii. It’s what we do. You sing, you dance, you play ukulele and you drink.” – Dwayne Johnson
  19. “The men I idolized built their bodies and became somebody – like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger – and I thought, ‘That can be me.’ So I started working out. The funny thing is I didn’t realize back then that I was having a defining moment.” – Dwayne Johnson
  20. “Football changed my life and it gave me a platform to get out my aggression and it gave me a sense of value.” – Dwayne Johnson

  21.  “I like the idea of working in different genres and transcending genres and hopefully finding success, and ultimately make movies people like.” – Dwayne Johnson
  22. “When he speaks to you he speaks with an earnest vibe and an earnest energy.” – Dwayne Johnson
  23. “Wrestling was like stand-up comedy for me.”– Dwayne Johnson
  24. “The one thing I couldn’t identify with was the blue cowboy outfit he put on. I was a bit challenged when I was younger to stay on the right path.“ – Dwayne Johnson
  25. “I want someone who can trust that my big hands are going to take care of them.” – Dwayne Johnson
  26. “I’m very low-key. I don’t really blend in, so it’s difficult to go out in public. I like to do things that are kind of quiet, whether it’s a dinner at my house or a restaurant, or a movie night at home.” – Dwayne Johnson
  27. “My philosophy is, it’s always very rewarding when you can make an audience laugh. I don’t mind making fun of myself. I like self-deprecating comedy. But I’d like you to laugh with me occasionally, too.” – Dwayne Johnson
  28. “You don’t need directions, just point yourself to the top and go!” – Dwayne Johnson
  29. “Be the person that when your feet touch the floor in the morning the devil says, “Awe sh”t, they’re up”. – Dwayne Johnson
  30. “If something stands between you and your success – move it. Never be denied.” – Dwayne Johnson

  31. “In 1995 I had $7 bucks in my pocket and knew two things: I’m broke as hell and one day I won’t be.” – Dwayne Johnson
  32. “Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both.” – Dwayne Johnson
  33.  “Success isn’t always about ‘Greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne Johnson
  34. “I like the idea of making a big, fun, adventure type of movie.” – Dwayne Johnson
  35. “When I was a kid at four years old, that’s when I started amateur wrestling with my dad and family. And when that’s instilled in you, it never goes away.” – Dwayne Johnson
  36. “You don’t sign up for a divorce when you get married. It’s very painful. But it’s taught me a great deal about myself.” – Dwayne Johnson
  37. “WWE is a space where I thrived, and I loved, and I still do. I love connecting with an audience; that is the greatest thing about going back to WWE.” – Dwayne Johnson
  38. “I’ve always loved the showmanship of professional wrestling. While I love making movies, I love that platform, too.” – Dwayne Johnson
  39. “My goal was never to be the loudest or the craziest. It was to be the most entertaining.” – Dwayne Johnson
  40. “I’ll never, ever be full. I’ll always be hungry. Obviously, I’m not talking about food. Growing up I had nothing for such a long time. Someone told me a long time ago and I’ve never forgotten it, ‘Once you’ve ever been hungry, really, really hungry, then you’ll never, ever be full.’ So I’ll always be hungry in some way, driven and motivated to get what I want.”  – Dwayne Johnson

  41. “The road to success and greatness is always paved with consistent hard work. Outwork your competitors, be authentic, and above all else, chase your greatness.” – Dwayne Johnson
  42. “Let your actions do your talking for you.” – Dwayne Johnson
  43. “With drive and a bit of talent, you can move mountains.” – Dwayne Johnson
  44. “Just bring it!” – Dwayne Johnson
  45. “Two things happen when an athlete gets injured. Some guys say, ‘;F*ck it, I’m going to wait it out 3-4 months.’ But with me and lots of other athletes, you find your eighth or ninth gear – a gear you’ve never gone to before – and say, ‘I’m going to come back.’” – Dwayne Johnson
  46. “Training for me is a metaphor for life, period. The dedication, the determination, the desire, the work ethic, the great successes and the great failures – I take that into life.” – Dwayne Johnson
  47. “My work, my goal, my life, it’s like a treadmill. And there’s no stop-button on my treadmill. Once I get on, I just keep going.” – Dwayne Johnson
  48. “I grew up where, when a door closed, a window didn’t open. The only thing I had was cracks. I’d do everything to get through those cracks – scratch, claw, bite, push, bleed. Now the opportunity is here. The door is wide open, and it’s as big as a garage.” – Dwayne Johnson
  49. “Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.” – Dwayne Johnson
  50. “One of the most important things you can accomplish is just being yourself.” – Dwayne Johnson