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How a Grade School Dropout Became a Billionaire

money_funnelAs we begin the second decade of the 21st century, the future is perhaps more uncertain than at any time in our lives. Or is it?

It is … only if you let it be. So don’t.



“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

But before you can believe in the beauty of your dreams, you have to dream.

Do you have a dream? Great! But that’s not good enough.

Your dream must stir your soul.

Do you have a dream that’s bigg enough to light a fire within you?

A billion dollar dream

Every year, Forbes publishes a list of the world’s billionaires. Most people’s perception is that this list is full of people who inherited a fortune.

Well, it’s a myth! Nearly two-thirds of the world’s billionaires are self-made!

You may not dream of a billion dollars. That’s okay – neither did many of the people on this list.


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“I used to think that if I made $50,000 I’d be the happiest guy in the world.” ~ Kirk Kerkorian

Kirk Kerkorian dropped out school in the eighth grade. In time, he developed an interest in flying and served as a pilot in World War II.

With the money he earned – he saved almost all of it – he bought a plane to offer chartered flights. He made enough money to buy a small air-charter service, Trans International Airlines, which ferried people between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He eventually sold this business (for which he paid $60,000) for $104 million.

This was the early 1960s. He invested in Las Vegas. Today this multi-billionaire is the largest shareholder of MGM Mirage, the company with the most hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip.

Did Kirk Kerkorian dream of all this?

No, he said he would have been the happiest guy in the world if he could just make $50,000.

Create your future

$50,000 doesn’t seem like much money to a billionaire. But $50,000 is a whole lot if you don’t have any money at all.

Bigg success – even the billion dollar kind – comes one level at a time.

But it all starts with a dream. Your dreams set your direction. Your belief in your dreams stirs you to action. That’s the beauty of your dreams.

You may not dream of becoming a billionaire. We don’t.

We dream of making bigg success such a bigg success (we couldn’t resist!) that we can set up a foundation to help people in special situations reach bigg success for themselves. We would do this by supporting organizations that serve these groups of people.

Bigg success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life – taking full control to create the life of your dreams. Entrepreneurs understand that they can’t predict the future; they have to create it.

What’s your dream?


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