Magazine article Success

How to Make a Billion Dollars

Magazine article Success

How to Make a Billion Dollars

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Success is an equal opportunity, blind to gender, age, race and especially background. Some of the wealthiest and most successful people you've heard of came from backgrounds filled with hardships and even poverty. That's the American Dream, right? Start with nothing and end up with everything you could possibly imagine. There are quite a few examples of people I could pinpoint who have lived the American Dream and left their marks on the world, most you've probably heard of already.

But you might not be as familiar with this one.

A 9-year-old girl wrote in a letter to her father, "What I really want out of life is to discover something new, something that mankind didn't know was possible to do." This was the dream of Elizabeth Holmes, who turned out to be the world's youngest self-made female billionaire.

It was a very big dream. Ten years later, as a sophomore at Stanford, Holmes dropped out to start her company. Again she shared her "why," this time with her professor, telling him, "I want to create a whole new technology, one that is aimed at helping humanity at all levels regardless of geography or ethnicity or age or gender."

This simple statement is now her reality.

As a child, Holmes spent a significant amount of time with her uncle. She remembers everything he taught her and the activities he loved to do. Most of all she remembers the day he was diagnosed with skin cancer. She never got to say goodbye to her uncle because the illness rapidly became brain and bone cancer. …

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