Lessons Of Exceptional People

Series of six pen-portaits of successful entrepreneurs from the FT here (you may need to sign up) mentioning key life lessons learnt including their various business starts in life:

  • Lakshmi Mittal – first job was mailroom worker – became the London-based chairman and main owner of ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker
  • Simon Woodruffe – first job was farm labourer – became the founder of sushi chain Yo Sushi and Yo Hotel
  • James Dyson – first job was design assistant – became the inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner
  • Michelle Mone – first job was paper round – became the founder of the Ultimo lingerie brand
  • Peter Hargreaves – first job was baker – became the chief executive and co-founder of Hargreaves Lansdown, the independent financial adviser
  • Joseph Corre – first job was paper round – became the co-founder of Agent Provocateur, the lingerie brand

Apart from attitude, talent, hard work and connections, what role did luck play? Benefiting from serendipity may be linked to a ‘scientific luck factor‘ and I’ll write more on this later.


2 Responses to Lessons Of Exceptional People

  1. […] a previous post on profiles of exceptionally successful entrepreneurs I mentioned the possible role that luck might have played in their careers and whether this aspect […]

  2. […] Approach And Business Success In a previous post I commented on some interesting pen-portraits of well-known entrepreneurs and the likely role that ’scientific luck’ played in their […]

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