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10 Successful Entrepreneurs That Will Give You Inspiration

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Being an entrepreneur is an exciting, enticing prospect, but it’s also a long, difficult road. Many entrepreneurs often find themselves second-guessing their ability to build and maintain a business, constantly overthinking their business plan and wondering whether this whole self-employment endeavour is truly for them. The best entrepreneurs don’t give up; they simply knuckle down and deal with the problems at hand, whatever they may be.


If you yourself are looking to become an entrepreneur, we’d like to recommend the world of binary options trading as a place to start. You’re unlikely to hear many success stories about entrepreneurs who are binary options traders. This is not because they don’t exist – far from it. Rather, it’s because binary options trading is a tricky world to navigate. Its potential is very high, and its return rates are great, but you need to know what you’re doing.

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The website we linked above doesn’t just contain broker guides – there are also educational resources about how to get started in binary options trading, risks associated with it and strategies you can use to get into the world of binary trading quickly. The entrepreneurial figures below should inspire you in your new career; they all started with very little and managed to build empires of wealth, just like you can with binary options trading. Here, without further ado, are 10 entrepreneurs to inspire you.

1. Tim Grittani


If you haven’t heard of Tim Grittani, that’s because he’s one of the entrepreneurial world’s most unsung heroes. In 2010, Grittani had meagre life savings of just $1,500. He decided to take this money and invest it in trading penny stocks. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, penny stocks are essentially shares in smaller companies with a low trade price. Through hard work and determination, Grittani transformed his $1,500 into a multi-million dollar stock portfolio. Grittani’s is a truly homegrown success story.

2. Seth Godin


Seth Godin may be a familiar name to you, especially if you’re familiar with dotcom companies like Yoyodyne and Squidoo. Godin’s philosophy is to disrupt, challenge and critique ideas, and that’s what his newest brainchild The Domino Project is all about. The Domino Project aims to shake up the publishing space, providing a place for authors to disseminate their ideas without the conventional barriers thrown up by traditional publishing avenues.

3. Elizabeth Marshall

We’ll need to delve into the annals of history for this one. Elizabeth Marshall (there are two, but we’re focusing on the historical one) is an 18th-19th century entrepreneur who was the second female pharmacist in the US. During a time when business was a hostile world indeed for women (things have improved, but perhaps not as significantly as we might hope), Marshall inherited her grandfather’s struggling pharmacy and, within the space of 20 years, was able to turn its fortunes around, bringing the business out of bankruptcy and into the black.

4. Paul Scolardi


Another entrepreneur who made his fortune trading on the stock exchange, Paul Scolardi dreamed for a long time of leaving his corporate 9-to-5 job in favour of pursuing his dream to become a stock market trader. Scolardi earned millions trading, and also devised his own trading strategy as well as starting a website which helps people understand the ins and outs of trading.

5. Vanessa Van Edwards


Human behaviourist Vanessa Van Edwards (maiden name Van Petten) is the writer of the best-selling self-help bible Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People. Van Edwards’ book gives readers tips on building rapport, decoding conversational expressions and many more things. She’s built an empire on her skilful, personable human behaviour observations.

6. Deanna Jump

If you thought it wasn’t possible to become an entrepreneur and still be a teacher, think again. Deanna Jump created lesson plans for her kindergarten class in Georgia, USA, when a colleague suggested she put her lesson plans on Teachers Pay Teachers, a teaching resource website. Jump has accrued millions simply by offering her excellent lesson plans online.

7. Jason Sadler


Quirky but savvy, Jason Sadler has made an enviable fortune from a simple yet compelling business idea. Sadler’s business, I Wear Your Shirt, allows companies to purchase Sadler’s torso for a day – he’ll wear your company’s shirt for one day, advertising it to his YouTube followers. Proof if proof were needed that simply wearing clothes can make you money.

8. Sara Blakely


Have you ever heard of Spanx? Perhaps not, but you’re missing out if you haven’t. Spanx is an underwear manufacturer focusing mainly on women’s briefs and leggings, although they do also manufacture clothing for men. Founder Sara Blakely came up with the idea for the company by simply cutting the feet off a pair of leggings so that she was more comfortable in them. Today, Spanx is a multi-million dollar business, so her idea paid off in spades.

9. Chris Guillebeau


Chris Guillebeau is an unconventional travel writer and blogger who recommends the life less lived to his followers. His blog, The Art of Non-Conformity (which is also now a book), bills itself as offering “unconventional strategies for life, work and travel”, and offers off-the-beaten-path ways for its readers to travel, work and enjoy life. Another interesting fact about Guillebeau: he’s visited every single country in the world.

10. Arianna Huffington


Whether you’re a fan of HuffPost’s political positions or not, you can’t deny the influence and power it wields. Founder Arianna Huffington launched her blog and commentary outlet in 2005, with the site being picked up by AOL in 2011 for a staggering $315 million. With a clever business strategy and a clear demographic, you can work wonders in the entrepreneurial space.

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