Humans are blessed with the capability to think for themselves. We, humans, are able to sense opportunities and make most of it. Unlike other creatures on planet Earth, we don’t need to adapt to our surroundings but can create our own surroundings and environment.
Did you know that the possibility of you being alive as a human is four hundred trillion to one (400,000,000,000,000 to 1) and then there are people dwelling about their past, complaining about their dad being an alcoholic and poor? Stop that and know that you need only one idea to change your life, no matter where and who you are.
Read furthermore to know how one idea can change your life forever.
Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. It started with a Harvard student creating smalls social media for other Harvard students who went to become Facebook later. It is said, it was a stolen idea from three other students, for which Facebook lost $65 million in law-suit.
“Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough.” Mark Zuckerberg
The whole point here is not whose idea it was, it is how this idea was developed by Mark to make a global mark. One approach to connecting people from one location on earth to the other, through images, videos free of cost is now worth Billions.
Based on Facebook’s earnings and profits from the last three years, Facebook is worth approx $138 Billion, according to GoBankingRates.
Jeff Bezos – Amazon
In 1994, the senior vice president at Wall Street investment banker D.E. Shaw & Co., Bezos was surfing through the internet for ventures in which his company can invest next. During this, he came across statistics that user base of the World Wide Web(www) was growing at the rate of 2300% a month.
Jeff, who was always passionate about selling stuff, recognized the capacity of WWW for Business. He made a list of about 20 products he could sell online.
“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?'” Jeff Bezos
From Selling Books To Selling Everything
The best pick were books due to the number of titles available in the market. It was possible to sell thousands of books through a virtual platform, instead of setting up a physical bookshop with a few hundred books.
For nearly a year, Bezos and a crew of five employees worked out of the garage, learning how to source books and setting up a computer system that would make Amazon.com easy to navigate.
In July 1995, Amazon.com opened its virtual doors, calling itself “Earth’s Biggest Book Store,” with more than one million titles to choose from. With positive word of mouth, e-mail marketing, and excellent customer service, it succeeded exponentially. Now, in 2018, Amazon sells everything from a pen to a piano.
Just a few weeks back, Amazon’s market reach touched $1 Trillion. Jeff Bezos is now the wealthiest man in the world.
Steve Jobs – Apple
Steve Jobs, an excellent mind wasn’t interested in the college, so he dropped out. Having nothing to do, he got involved in Calligraphy, and he learned it effectively. He started Apple in a garage with his friend Steve Wozniak, who was a five year senior to Jobs and an engineer.
To raise funds for Apple, Jobs sold his Volkswagen microbus, and Steve Wozniak sold his Hewlett-Packard calculator to generate the $1,350 in the capital.
After the success of Apple I and Apple II, the Apple III, and LISA were average in sales. Steve then introduced Macintosh, which was the first personal computer with drag and drop, folder capacity.
In 1985, he had to drop out of his own company due to investors and board of directors. He then sold his Apple stock and created NeXT Computer Co. with which provided better processing, graphics but was too, so it got an average response.
“Sometimes life is going to hit you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs
Steve then focused on Pixar Animations which became super successful with a film like Toy Story in 1995. Steve then took Pixar public in 1996, and by the end of the first day of trading, his 80% share of the company was worth $1 billion.
Apple bought NeXt for $400 million and reappointed Steve Jobs.
Over the next ten years, the company introduced a series of products, including the iPod, a portable digital audio player in 2001, an online marketplace called the Apple iTunes Store in 2003, the iPhone handset in 2007 and the iPad tablet computer in 2010.
Steve introduced these products with his innovative idea of changing the world of different devices.
In 2018, Apple touched $1 Trillion Market Cap under CEO Tim Cook.
Elon Musk – Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company
Elon Musk is currently, a celebrity CEO of Tesla Motors and Chairman of SpaceX and The Boring Company.
Elon observed that NASA was spending a lot of money in making rockets to launch satellites frequently, so he decided to create reusable rockets for astronomy purpose.
“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” Elon Musk
We all know that Global Warming is harming the earth, and sooner or later, we will have to establish civilization on another planet, that’s why Elon is serious about sending humans to Mars through SpaceX in the future.
Elon was also aware of pollution by fuel, so he introduced best electric cars, trucks through Tesla Motors.
Elon Musk’s current net worth is around $21 Billion.
Bill Gates – Microsoft
Henry Edward Roberts, the developer of an early personal computer, inspired Bill Gates to found Microsoft. With Bill’s extraordinary skills Microsoft became successful and made him the world’s richest man at that time.
Satya Nadella is currently the CEO of Microsoft. Bill Gates has a net worth of net worth $93.8 Billion.
“It’s fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” Bill Gates
Warren Buffett is said to be one of the smartest investors in the world. He purchased his first stock when he was 11 years old and worked in his family’s grocery store in Omaha.
As a teenager, he took odd jobs, from washing cars to delivering newspapers, using his savings to purchase several pinball machines that he placed in local businesses.
Warren is now an investor, speaker, and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. His net worth is approx. $38 Billion.
“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Warren Buffett
Jack Ma – Alibaba
Jack Ma, is the chairman of China’s leading e-commerce Alibaba. Jack Ma has said that he failed primary school test twice, college entrance exam thrice. He was once rejected by KFC and Harvard rejected his application thirty times.
“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” Jack Ma
Jack Ma, surrounded by so-called failure didn’t give up on his dream and established an e-commerce website for China which is now Alibaba.
Jack Ma is now worth $33.8 Billion.
Google – Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Google was founded by two Ph.D. students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998. Google is a search engine, and it was created to help people search for anything they want or need to know. Today we learn about the world from, and it teaches us almost everything that a school or university can or cannot explain.
The idea of collecting information about the world and serving it to people free of cost has revolutionized almost every field of work.
Larry Page is now worth approx. $48 Billion and Sergey Brin is now worth approx. $47 Billion.
“You know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a vivid dream? And you know that if you don’t have a pencil and pad by the bed, it will be completely gone by the next morning. Sometimes it’s important to wake up and stop dreaming. When a really great dream shows up, grab it.” Larry Page
Brian Acton and Jan Koum – WhatsApp
WhatsApp was founded by ex-employees of Yahoo, Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009.
After being rejected by Facebook, Jan Koum came up with an idea of messenger service which supported images, videos, profile pictures, and status as well.
“‘WhatsApp’ began as a simple idea: ensuring that anyone could stay in touch with family and friends anywhere on the planet, without costs or gimmicks standing in the way.” Jan Koum
The app became super successful to the extent that it slowly started replacing Facebook as it had many beautiful facilities. So, to beat the competition, Facebook itself brought Whatsapp for whopping $19 Billion. The social media giant also offered them with high position job in Facebook.
Instagram – Mike Krieger and Kevin Systorm
Instagram was founded in 2009 by two students of Stanford University, Mike Krieger and Kevin Systorm. One day Kevin came up with an idea of photo sharing app and created it with Mike.
“Instagram was created because there was no single place dedicated to giving your mobile photos a place to live and to be seen.” Kevin Systrom
In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg bought a 13-person app for $1 billion — now Instagram looks like one of the most brilliant tech acquisitions ever made.
The concept of an app just for sharing beautiful pictures we click in everyday life seemed crazy earlier, but now it has gained millions of users and generates revenue of Billions.
YouTube is a video-sharing app, on any topic by anyone. YouTube supports long duration video streaming in high quality.
If you have some talent you can make a channel for free, upload your videos and you can earn a handsome amount of money. Youtube has changed millions of lives around the world.
An idea of a platform where you can watch videos on almost every topic without paying anything is excellent. Isn’t it?
TED Talks is a platform where great leaders from different fields gather at the same place to present their views and ideas about things happening around the world and inspire the world by sharing their great wisdom and life experiences.
It was designed to answer the question for people “Can you change my life?”. And guess what? That one idea changes millions of lives today.
The central reason of giving so many instances of how great ideas have changed the world is to explain that no matter where you are or what you are, work hard, observe each and everything no matter how useless it seems and take a lot of time to think about things around you. Who knows you may come up with the idea that can change the world forever.
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