How it all started
This is a story for anyone who's ever been dumped because somehow they weren't "enough." And oh yes, this one has a happy ending!
David Mamane, a 36-year-old entrepreneur, took the pain from a broken heart and turned it into a $15 million business called MyJewelryBox.com. The icing on the (wedding) cake is that he just got engaged to a gorgeousCanadian model.
"They say living well is the best revenge," said Mamane, who spoke with AOL Jobs a few hours after he proposed to Elisabeth Couture via a brand new American Bulldog puppy wearing an oversized dog tag that said, "Will you marry me?" "But revenge is not a motivating factor these days," he added.
He's come a long way from being homeless and unemployed, struggling to get by and living on his friends' couch. Confused about his career as so many people are when they're first starting out, Mamane had fallen hopelessly in love with a girl, but wasn't able to offer her the diamond ring or the life he'd hoped. At the time, love didn't win out over money, or lack thereof, and Mamane was left broken hearted. But not for long.
"It angered me and motivated me," said Mamane of the breakup. "I wanted to be somebody, and wished I could be a better provider. I was depressed, and focused all my attention on work -- no girls, no friends, nothing else for quite some time."