From Cubicle To CEO: 6 Entrepreneurs To Guide Us On Our Way
As an aspiring Entrepreneur (or Wannapreneur) just starting out on our entrepreneurial journey, it’s hard to know who is giving us the facts about the trials and tribulations of starting our own business.
To help us along this journey, I’ve put together a list of the top 6 entrepreneurs who I feel gives us the most bang for our buck and keep it the realest when it comes to going from full-time worker bee to a successful entrepreneur. We’re all in this together.
These are in no particular order and all offer great content:
1. Daymond John
SharkTank, Founder of Fubu & Blueprint + Co.
Hailing from Queens, New York and raised by his single mother, Daymond John worked at Red Lobster as a part-time waiter while creating his own hats during his off time. Daymond was able to grow his passion for fashion into the world-renowned Fubu clothing line (Clothing Line, Fubu). He is also one of the featured judges on the hit tv show Shark Tank for the last 10 seasons alongside fellow tycoons Mark Cuban and Barbara Cohan.
2. Andy Frisella
1st Phorm & MFCEO Project
Representing St. Louis to the fullest. Andy Frisella began a small vitamin supplement shop in his home state of Missouri 17 years ago. Andy has since grown his business into 1st Phorm, the number one Supplement, Fitness, and Nutrition company in the U.S. He also created the MFCEO Project which is the top Entrepreneurial & Personal Development podcast on Itunes, according to Forbes Magazine.
3. Grant Cardone
10X Conference & Grant University
In his late teens and early 20s. Grant Cardone struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. However. through hustle and devotion, Grant Cardone has become a highly sought after Real Estate Mogul, Investor, Entrepreneur, and Author. Grant is also the Founder of the 10x Growth Conference in which he helps aspiring and established entrepreneurs find success, financial freedom, and networking opportunities with fellow business minds.
4. Gary Vee
VaynerMedia & VaynerSports
This charismatic CEO from New York City first came to this country as an immigrant from the Soviet Union with his parents in 1978. Gary began his entrepreneurial journey by assisting his moms and pops wine business. Gary was able to grow the family biz from $3 million to over $60 million in revenue over a few years. He has since become a Social Media Investor, lending his talents to such companies as Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat. Gary is also an in-demand Motivational Speaker in addition to being the founder of Vayner Media and VaynerSports. In his spare time, Gary has published numerous books on entrepreneurship and branding. Gary’s book Crush It! is an entrepreneurial guide you must add to your collection.
5. Gerard Adams
Elite Daily & Fownders
Gerard Adams is a New Jersey-born Entrepreneur who is also known as the Millennial Mentor. He was the Co-Founder of Elite Daily, a Lifestyle, Fashion, and Media platform for Millennials, that was started back in 2012. In 2015, the online site sold for $50 million. Since his days with Elite Daily, he has created Fownders, an online resource community for Entrepreneurs and those seeking personal growth. Mr. Adams is also a personal branding coach, speaker. and investor. This has gained him a strong following with his newly launched podcast, Leaders Create Leaders, on Itunes.
6. Pejman Ghadimi
Entrepreneur & Author
Iranian born Pejman Ghadimi is a self-made entrepreneur and bestselling author who migrated to the United States from France in 1997. Pejman was raised by his single mother and bypassed college to start his career in banking at a young age in order to help support his family. Pejman was able to work his way up to Vice President of the financial institution without a college education in less than 4 years. After Pejman left the finance industry behind, he founded multiple businesses. Among them was the Secret Entourage which teaches entrepreneurs how to operate a successful business. Mr. Ghadimi has also authored numerous books, most recently the best-seller Third Circle Theory. This book challenges us to find our purpose in life and helps to teach how we can align our purpose with our entrepreneurial goals.
These 6 Entrepreneurs are from all different walks of life and have supplied us with the roadmap we need to go from the cubicle to CEO. If you have any Entrepreneurs who inspire you, let me know down below in the comments!
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