This weekend, meet the risk-takers whose success has been fueled by passion, grit and precisely no time for self-doubt. What can we learn from these top entrepreneurs? Watch them now on The Carlos Watson Show.
Will.i.am has gone beyond the Black Eyed Peas. He’s now a robotics master and is hoping to inspire others to become the same.
“If there is a football field at every single high school, there should be a robotics program at every single high school. Only one company benefits from that football field: the NFL. And only one side of the gender of the human race benefits from that football field: dudes.”
Albert Bourla went from Greek veterinarian to the CEO of the company making the world’s most-used vaccine, Pfizer.
“The essence of all of these very big, very risky, very aggressive, very ambitious projects, is that you need to believe. If you let the doubt occupy your brain cells, it’ll replicate faster than the virus. You need to constantly believe that it can be done.”
Ask Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about the most beautiful place in the world, and he’ll tell you: Kauai, Hawaii. He took his mother to the lush island to fulfill a lifelong dream she had of visiting a temple in a photo she had kept for years. Seeing the “extraordinary, natural beauty” of the untouched, dramatic landscape is a blessing, he says.
Bethenny Frankel is all about hustle. While you may know her as a Real Housewife, this inspirational renaissance woman pulled herself out of poverty to become the mogul she is today. How did she strike gold with her beloved SkinnyGirl brand?
“I don’t see age, I don’t see color, I don’t see gender. I wouldn’t have gone into the liquor business if I saw gender. It’s a man’s business. All men. I didn’t even notice that they were men saying no to me.”
Brian Chesky, the founder and CEO of Airbnb, says his success is a reminder of the kindness in the hearts of humanity, that his business plan relies on generous spirits. How did he go from broke to billionaire in a heartbeat?
“What they don’t teach you in Harvard Business School is that almost all entrepreneurs that were successful knew almost nothing when they started. … It’s jumping off a cliff and assembling the airplane on the way down, but you have no manual. So it’s basically: Can you learn really quickly?”