Many Successful Entrepreneurs Were Former Screw-Ups


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Not everyone starts out with a bang. Sometimes, because we’re flawed human beings, we do the wrong things in life. Pick your flavor – drugs, alcohol, breaking the law, whatever.

In most cases, these screw ups are the byproduct of not having any success mentors in your life.

But, at some point, certain screw ups take a good hard look in the mirror and decide it’s time to change the course of their lives.

Og Mandino, the author of The Greatest Sales man in the World, and someone I very much consider a mentor in my life, looked in the mirror, threw away the bottle of booze, took the gun out of his mouth and picked himself up out of the gutter and resurrected himself.

He resurrected himself by returning to one of his great passions in life, writing. His books have since sold over 20 million copies and made him very wealthy.

People didn’t care that he was previously a drunk whose family abandoned him. What they did care about, what made them buy his books, was the amazing stories he was able to tell in his books. They loved his books and could care less about his screwed up past.

Billionaire Richard Branson was a self-professed screw-up at a very early age. He was a disruptive student in class and struggled academically. Eventually, he completely dropped out of school to start a magazine and that led him to starting Virgin Records.

My Pillow founder, Mike Lindell, failed at business many times and even struggled with a crack cocaine addiction.

We live in an amazing country that allows screw ups the opportunity to resurrect themselves. Unemployable screw ups are free to start a business and resurrect themselves by providing some product or service people desire.

Will the people buying your product or service care that you screwed up in life?

No. All they care about is quality. If you provide a high quality product or service, they will buy it from you.

Your past is irrelevant.

Your future, however, is very relevant. Now, what do you intend to do with it?

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Sir wonderful write-up !
    You never fail to encourage us Sir.
    I wait for your articles. They pull me out of a low mood.

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