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.