“When you look at people who don’t go to school and make their way in the world, those are exceptional human beings. And we should do everything we can to find those people.”
-Laszlo Bock, former SVP of People Operations, Google
What do the world’s most successful entrepreneurs Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Rachel Ray, Michael Dell, Steve Wozniak, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, and Oprah all have in common? They all either dropped out of college or never went at all. Further, several of these wildly successful entrepreneurs came from impoverished backgrounds, or in Richard Branson’s case, overcame a learning disability. This is significant proof that having an underprivileged background or not pursuing a college degree are not determining factors of intelligence, ability, talent or future success. In fact, history shows us it can be quite the opposite.
In honor of the extraordinary people who beat the odds, our new interview series, Self-Made, will feature inspiring entrepreneurs who have overcome setbacks on their rise to success. We’ll be spotlighting a new era of self-starting entrepreneurs, innovators, movers, shakers, artists, status-quo breakers, go-getters, warriors, and badasses who have built six figure+ businesses on pure grit and determination.
We’re searching the globe for exceptional humans who have carved their own paths to success. We know it takes extraordinary ability and willpower to build something from nothing and we want to hear your insight on how you made it happen. Whether you came from humble beginnings, built a successful career without a college degree or bootstrapped your own business, we want to feature you!
We are seeking the following:
- Self-funded/boot-strapped businesses with net yearly profit over $100k
- No college degree or self-funded college degree
- Under-served backgrounds (single parent, low income, disability etc.)
Send your abridged story and links to your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.