Naïveté and perseverance, these two words came up at least twice in the new Channel 4 programme titled How to Be a Billionaire. For those who know me , I am fascinated by what drives people to succeed against all odds; how one human being can amass enough wealth to feed hundreds of thousands of other human beings every day for months on end. My maths is not that brilliant, but methinks that if the average person spends $10 a day on food for 90 days, then $900 million dollars will do the job for a million people.
Meet Naveen Jain, internet billionaire – estimated net worth – $2.2 billion, who reminds me of one of my mentors in not just looks, but attitude and personality. He collects meteorites as a hobby and plans to start mining precious metals from the moon by 2015! Naveen could become the world’s first trillionaire – mind boggling!
His philosophy on money-making: help solve problems for as many people as possible and you too will eventually become very wealthy as a by-product. Naveen has a strict daily routine – the mind, body and soul routine. He says that business is like war and you have to take care of the whole person and work extremely hard and be absolutely at your best by giving 100% of yourself.
Mr Jain has some ideas that most of us may think is ‘out there’ but like he says, science fiction has in many cases now become ‘science reality’. His energy is contagious! His kids are certainly a chip off the old block and are doing quite well for themselves.
British-born Michael Birch and his American wife, Xochi Birch, a billionaire couple who founded Bebo and subsequently sold it to AOL for $850 million were also fascinating to watch. More laid back than Naveen, they turned their attention towards other projects after the sale of Bebo, investing in 50 other companies, including charity:water. They have since bought back Bebo for a whopping $1million 🙂
His recipe for success? Being naïve and stubborn; all entrepreneurs are dreamers, Michael says, and usually move on to other projects to fill the void left by the previous project ending.
Dmitry Itskov – the elusive, quiet and shy Russian who made his money in web-based media publishing – is now on a quest for immortality through science, to fill the void which presumably deepened after he decided to spend less time and energy on making money and more time on his Avatar project. His ultimate goal is to live life as a hologram. He is also involved in the more down-to-earth pursuit of creating ‘bodies’ for quadriplegics.
So, to succeed in life, help as many people as possible solve their problems; be Naïvely passionate about what you do and ignore the naysayers. Maybe trying your hands on an internet-based business isn’t a bad idea?
To your massive success!