Saturday, February 18, 2012

Business Icons That Have Overcome Hard Times

We are all aware that life can be hard and that bad things can still happen to good people, but it is how people manage during these hard times that is truly inspiring. It takes a lot of hard work and determination for someone to be able to pick them self up off the ground and get back on the horse after a tragedy. This article will take a look at inspirational people that were able to overcome challenges from their lives and become successful figures in business. Whether you are starting a business or you are struggling to manage, these stories will let you know that you can make it.

For most people who are married, your partner is your entire world. So what do you do if they were suddenly gone one day? That is what happened with Katherine Graham who is now the CEO of the Washington Post. After her husband committed suicide, she found out that he had left her in charge as publisher of the Post. Though it was not something she ever imagined doing, she got up every day and took one step at a time and got back on her feet.
Some people go through their whole life before truly living out their dreams, and that's what happened to Mary Kay Ash. Upon retirement Mary Kay realized that she finally wanted to start her dream business. Unfortunately, one month before its launch, her husband passed away. Mary Kay was still able to continue on and transformed her company into a leading business that inspires millions of women every day.
Some people are just born with greatness in their veins. Donald Trump has proven that he can continuously push the envelope in his life and challenge himself on different levels so that he is never comfortable. Before he had a hit TV show and political aspirations, Donald worked in commercial real estate with his father. Once at the top of his game, Trump suffered heavy financial burdens after the recession during the 80s. Soon Trump had to file for bankruptcy to cover all of his debts. During the new millennium Trump was able to regain his power and surfaced as mogul once again.
For many girls, playing Barbie is part of growing up. Ruth Handler created Mattel and Barbie from a garage in 1945 and now it is a Fortune 500 company. She thought it was important to teach girls the value in their bodies. She has seen backlash from feminist groups that feel she portrays a harmful message.
Whether it has been hard times, death, or criticism; these individuals have proved that there is more to business than just creating one. To be successful, they understood the importance of learning from the past, and knew that they had a job to do. These stories can inspire you to follow your dreams or to even restructure your current company. Make sure that you have business insurance to protect you and your company just in case you ever have to face hard times like they have. This way you can have peace of mind.


  1. I read the biography of Katherine Graham and really was fasinating to learn about all she went through--the book was a real page turner for me. Just as you are pointing out--when you read the biographies of people's life it didn't just we are all witnessing in the life of Whitney Houston.

    We all just have to keep our eyes focused on the now and one step at a time as my Mom use to say.

  2. How the fascinating and extensive experienced they all had to become a role model for us....moral-never give up your hopes,faith on yourself and do hard work then see luck gonna cherish you with success !

  3. one should never cease in getting inspirations from successful people. anything can be done if you have faith and determination to be one of them.