A recent article at Forbes is the perfect example for our Success From Scratch segment.
If you don’t know the name Chad Mureta, you’ve probably used one of his biggest products.
He’s responsible for the Emoji app, the app that gives you access to tons of ‘emoticons’ you can send to people via your tablet, iPhone, etc.
The app has been downloaded 50 million times.
He’s created several popular apps, and has raked in millions of dollars…and it all started…by accident…LITERALLY.
In 2009, at the age of 28, Chad was just a guy working in real estate in South Carolina.
He worked long hours, sometimes 18 hours a day.
One night he took the night off (his first night off in 2 years) to go to an NBA basketball game.
On the drive home he started reconsidering his life. He realized his business wasn’t his passion.
He was exhausted, stressed, his finances were in poor shape due to a few bad real estate deals.
He was unhappy and wanted a change.
He told Forbes:
“I had no money, I had no life. I was absolutely miserable and never felt more helpless.”
He says he remembers saying to himself:
“I need to make a change, but how?”
At that moment, a deer crossed his path, and as he tried to avoid it, he collided with it, hit the median and his car flipped FOUR times.
The deer died on impact.
Chad survived, but his life forever changed. Read more at Forbes.com
Last month, the season 4 premiere of the A&E show, Duck Dynasty was watched by 11.8 million viewers. (The Season 1 premiere drew 1.4 million viewers)
That is HUGE, especially for A&E. It was:
The show follows members of the Robertson family which runs the Duck Commander hunting supply company in Louisiana.
The Robertson’s are a beard having, gun–toting, camouflage-wearing, Southern family. But the family also has a strong Christian faith, which many say is part of the show’s charm.
Craig Detweiler, a communications professor at Pepperdine University, told the Huffington Post:
“There hasn’t been such a beloved depicting of Southern charm since ‘The Andy Griffith Show. The show finds a smart way to combine family, food, faith and really long beards.”
Alan Robertson says:
“Our faith is a main part of our lives, but it’s better to be subtle. We don’t want to make the show ‘The 700 Club for Rednecks.’”
The family says they have one main rule family and faith first.
And while some think the family is just a bunch of uneducated rednecks, they would be VERY, VERY wrong.
LISTEN to Bill's segment about The Robertson family.
Man + Purse = Murse ($957 million industry)
There was a time when men considered purses too feminine to carry around, but it appears the stylish accessory has finally become mainstream among the other sex.
According to market research firm NPD group, the sales of handbags and totes for men has risen three per cent in the past year, making it a $957 million industry.
The sales of backpacks for men also rose an incredible 24per cent, while more typically masculine carryalls like briefcases, laptop bags and duffels saw a decline in sales.
Read more on Daily Mail
Actress Tippi Hedren, known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) and for being mom to actress Melanie Griffith (wife to Antonio Banderas), sparked the start of the Vietnamese nail salon industry. Here’s how:
Hear Bill's Interview with Tippi Hedren - Part 1
Tippi Hedren Interview Part 2
Shambala and Tippi's big-cat rescue mission
Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller "The Birds" has been rescuing big cats – lions, tigers, leopards and cougars – since 1972, when rescue cats were used in a movie she produced and starred in, "Roar." She established a preserve in the Antelope Valley, called Shambala, which now has 47 cats rescued from all over the United States.
Hedren is now on her biggest rescue mission yet. She's working with Reps. Buck McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, and Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, to ban private citizens from owning or breeding big cats.
McKeon and Sanchez introduced legislation, an amendment to the Captive Wildlife Safety Act, in May. If passed, the bill would require big-cat owners to register their animals with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. People who currently own lions or tigers wouldn't be forced to give them up, but they would be barred from buying or breeding new cats. Hedren encouraged her congressman, McKeon, to take up the bill and he agreed. Sanchez signed on out of concern for public safety and animal welfare. (MORE INFORMATION)
We're obsessed with wings. Seriously obsessed.
The hottest franchises in the restaurant industry are restaurants that focus on wings.
These various restaurants, nearly 2,000 of them across the country, are making hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. Read more at CNN Money
Check out this interactive piece from CNN-Money, "What if chickens looked the way we value them."
After almost a year long hiatus....It's here folks!
This Sunday, the final 8 episodes of AMC's "Breaking Bad" begin and some critics say its final episode is:
"...the most anticipated TV finale since The Sopranos"
The tale of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman have had viewers on the edge of their seat since episode 1 aired in 2008 and has generated a loyal following.
The show is critically acclaimed, and has been nominated for 150 industry awards, winning 46, including 7 Emmy Awards:
So we honor it by featuring it in our Success From Scratch segment, called 'Success From Bad.'
The show has even sparked a musical, done by middle school kids...although you have to wonder what their parents were thinking!
A new business trend is making headlines. Pricey play date consultants are being hired by well-to-do Manhattan parents. The idea is to prepare children at an early age to make it into highly competitive private kindergartens.
Sound crazy? Well, some media outlets seem to think so and are having some fun at these services’ expense.
Yes, consultants are charging upwards of $400 an hour in some cases. And what they teach children certainly seems obvious. Lessons include how to share crayons, be at ease and play with other children. The young clients, it seems, are already overburdened by too many private lessons in violin and Mandarin to learn this on their own.
Read more at Small Business Trends
Cashing in on your mistake! That's exactly what 25 year old A.J. Forsythe does, and he does it well. Forsythe co-founded iCracked, a company that sends "iTechs" to direct to people's homes to repair broken iPhone screens.
iCracked reported revenue of $2MM for 2012 and expects that number to jump to $10MM in 2013, according to a company spokesperson. The majority of repairs cost customers between $70-$99, with iPhone 5 fixes costing around $200.
“We’re an on-demand group of individuals that no matter where you are, you can press a button and we’ll dispatch a group of iTechs to you in real-time...We're doing something completely different and changing how service is rendered.”
Helping others overcome the cracks of life to realize their full potential, Silouan Green’s life is an inspiring story of brokenness and redemption. A dynamic speaker, performer and creator of the life skills program The Ladder UPP, Silouan has dedicated his life to helping give others the tools, inspiration and guidance necessary to truly change their lives.
“I survived severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a tragic jet crash to discover the ingredients we all need to reach our full potential – a life of passion directed by a clear identity and purpose.
When we are locked in the deep dark holes of life, it seems like nothing good can come from our despair. Falling down the rabbit hole, it is here that the cold steel of a .357 magnum can feel like sweet relief. So when the above mentioned TV report aired a few years ago, “Meet the man they call an Angel”, my first thought was of hell. The one I had escaped.
It was a hell of insomnia, despair, pills, hallucinations, failure, fear, and an end to my pain. They gave it a label, severe post traumatic stress disorder, but it was more than that. It was a problem that struck the core of my being: WHO AM I? I had never really answered that question. In many ways, I had run from it. The post traumatic stress was really just the end of a long crooked road. It was a devil that made me face myself or face death. (MORE INFO ON SILOUAN GREEN)
LISTEN TO BILL'S INTERVIEW WITH SILOUAN GREEN