You want to be seen as the leader, the one who pioneered change.
You want to help people. You want to leave a meaningful impact.
You want to change lives.
You want to be acknowledged.
You want to do something. And you associate that thing with "success."
Do you know why most people do not become successful? Because their definition of "success" is flawed to begin with. As shown above, they attach the idea of "success" with something external. It is a mountain peak. A reward. A trophy. An achievement. A view from the top of the mountain wherein they can say, with complete confidence, "I did it. I am now successful."
The problem with that is as soon as you reach that point and you call yourself "successful," you are shifting the focus from an internal desire to an external achievement--which is dangerous. You are using "success" as a title to define who you are and your own worth.
In addition, you very quickly survey the landscape (from your amazing view) and you see yet another mountain peak. And you then attach again this idea of "success" to something else. Yes, in order to continue being "successful" you now have to climb the next mountain, and the next mountain.
The reason most people don't become successful is the same reason successful people don't or can't even enjoy the success they've already achieved.
It's because success, to them, is external. It is outside of them. It's something they have to reach for, and can only hope to one day obtain.
Instead of seeking validation, what you need to seek is exploration. The true feeling of success is at the heart of what you love. And if that is your intention, then you could achieve one thing or one hundred things and either way the feeling would remain the same. Because the "feeling" of success then is internal. It is a love for the journey, not the end result in itself.
In the world of entrepreneurship, business, and anything relating to "ambition" in general, this perspective gets shoved under the rug. In fact, it's even looked at as weak. You should aspire for more. You should achieve more. Receive more. More more more.
The irony is that there is already more than enough within you to explore. Curiosity and an interest in your craft is enough. A love for what you do, day after day, is enough. There is already far more available than you could ever need, and it's the outward focus that ends up distracting you from the deeply fulfilling path of wanting to do what you love, every single day.
2. Half of the stake in Domino's Pizza was once traded for a used car
Domino's was founded by two brothers, Tom & James Monaghan, who bought a pizza restaurant called DomiNick's for $500. Early on, James traded 50% of the ownership of the company to his brother for a used Volkswagen Beetle.
Close to 40 years later, Tom retired, selling most of his stake in the company. His takeaway that his bro missed out on? One billion dollars (cue Austin Powers).
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3. Google's algorithm was once called BackRub
Google's primary ranking algorithm is PageRank, which assigns every page a rank that determines the page's fit in search engine results. Interestingly, PageRank is not named after its purpose, but after Google's co-founder, Larry Page. And back in the day, it was called BackRub. Why? Apparently it referenced the underlying algorithm, which counted backlinks as affirmative votes.
Bonus fact: The reason Google's homepage design is so sparse because Page and Brin didn't know very much HTML at the time.
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4. The first iteration of Ben & Jerry's was a bagel company
Ben and Jerry (n Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield) were actually planning on founding a bagel company. However, the equipment was so expensive they switched tacks, instead investing $5 in a correspondence course on ice cream making from Pennsylvania State University.
Bonus fact: Ben Cohen has no sense of taste, so he used "mouth feel" to make decisions on what was delicious. This is why big chunks of fruit, nuts, or chocolate are so often a part of their ice cream flavors.
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5. Smirnoff once branded itself as 'white whiskey'
Smirnoff was originally a Russian company that changed hands to American ones in 1939. At the time, Americans were huge whiskey drinkers and knew little about vodka. Enter an inspired marketing idea: Smirnoff branded itself as "white whiskey," one of the advantages of which was that it had "no taste, no smell."
The drink became particularly popular with people who wanted to drink early in the day without smelling of alcohol.
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6. The FedEx founder once saved the company by gambling in Vegas
Three years later after Frederick Smith founded FedEx, rising fuel costs drove the company to the verge of bankruptcy -- it was losing over $1M per month.
When the company had just $5,000 left, Smith took the money to Las Vegas on a Friday and played blackjack all weekend. By Monday he'd made $32,000, which was just enough to cover fuel and continue operations for a few days.
It was enough time for Smith to then raise enough money to keep the company solvent. FedEx became profitable in 1976, and now has an estimated worth of $25-35 billion.
Bonus fact: Smith was one of George W. Bush's fraternity brothers in college, and was later offered the position of Defense Secretary in Bush's administration.
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7. The bite in Apple's logo was added so it wouldn't be confused with a cherry
Ever wonder why the Apple's apple has a bite taken out of it? The original logo included Isaac Newton perching under an apple tree. That was eventually switched to the one we know today, a simple apple. The bite was added to the silhouette after the fact to distinguish the fruit from a cherry.