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Entrepreneurs are unique individuals. They have to overcome incredible challenges, work hard, and continually come up with innovative strategies. Not everyone succeeds, and it takes a very special type of person to thrive under the intense pressure. Entrepreneurs are constantly on the lookout for inspiration, and one thing they can do is to look to the stories of others. The world has had many successful entrepreneurs, and their lives are great examples of what an entrepreneur should be like in attitude, spirit, and more. The following are just a few to inspire you on your entrepreneurship journey.


Andrew Carnegie was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. He immigrated to the US as a child, working odd jobs in his youth. By his 30s, Carnegie was heavily invested in railroads, oil derricks, and other industrial machinery. Later in his career, his perfection of the Bessemer process made him a steel magnate. Carnegie is perhaps most famous today for his philanthropy. Carnegie libraries, Carnegie Hall, and Carnegie Mellon University all bear his name. Carnegie is known for the belief that man cannot live by bread alone and strove to give culture, arts, and knowledge back to the public. 


Bill Gates is a more modern billionaire. Raised in Seattle, Gates spent lots of time tinkering with electronics. He was accepted at Harvard, where he met Steve Ballmer, but quickly dropped out. Gates, Allen, and Ballmer, were among the people who built Microsoft. Windows is one of the most commonly used operating systems in the world today. Gates, like Carnegie, has made it a point to give back. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is attacking issues like malaria and misogyny on a global scale.


Finally, Oprah Winfrey is a unique success story. Born in the American South in the mid-1950s, Oprah overcame racism, sexism, and abusive childhood to become one of the most successful media moguls in the world. Oprah started working on local radio as a teen. She started her television career in local news. By the 1980s, she was in Chicago, taking a low-rated morning show to the top of the ratings. The Oprah Winfrey Show began national syndication in 1986. Today, Oprah no longer hosts the show. Instead, she has her own magazine, television network, and other media interests