Inspiring career stories of famous people for students

Some of us think that one is lucky if one is born in a business family so that after graduating one can straightaway take over the family business. That is not always the case as the following examples show:-:

One of the most interesting vocation stories are with respect to Henri Ford. Ford’s father was a farmer who wanted his son to follow him in his own footsteps. However young Hernri’s heart was with the motor engine and similar things with which he tinkered. After furious arguments with his father, he left to chart his own course to create history by becoming one of the world’s richest entrepreneurs. The lesson to learn here is that one has to see where one’s spontaneous inclination lies and then have the courage and conviction to back is up.

Much later in life, Henri Ford brought into ford a person who could concentrate on all other areas except for manufacturing which was Henri’s forte. Henri ford was regarded as a business genius in his time. This shows that even geniuses have to indulge in complimentary synergies- supplement their own strength and complement their weaknesses.
The other example is that of Akio Morita who became Sony’s Chairman. Though he did not have any arguments with his father, being the eldest in the family, he was expected to take over the family business of brewing sake, a Japensese drink. However, Morita’s interest lay in electronics which is where he went. He created one of the world’s biggest companies in partnership with another person.

In one of Dale Carnegie’s books there is the example of one person whose father has a laundry business. His father was ashamed of his son because he had no interest in work and was lazy and indifferent. However the son wanted to become a mechanic and used to do that work endlessly. He pursued his heart and went on to become chairman of Boeing.

Thomas Edison had no father’s business but he used to work 18 hours a day and yet say that he didn’t work in his life as it was all fun.

The best example in recent times is the richest man in the world, Mr Bill Gates who left his Harvard studies midway to follow his heart and that is what made him the richest man in the world. This would obviously not happen with everyone but what one has to learn is to know exactly what one wants to do. Sometime back, Bill Gates made Steve Ballamer CEO and designated himself chief software Architect to focus on his real love, software design. This is similar to what Henri ford did.

Another example is Michael Dell who had a passion for selling computers and competing with IBM which led to the formation of Dell corporation while he was only 19.

It would not be out of place to mention an Indian story. Alyque Padamsee, the former chairman of Lintas has written a book called “The double life”. In that he describes how he used to do advertisements for money which used to fund his real passion which was theatre. He had to sacrifice a lot of social life for this “double life” but this story clearly shows that one has to follow one’s heart more than one’s head for the choice of one’s career.

It can be concluded that passion alone determines what one should or should not be doing because it enables one to overcome all obstacles.


57 Responses to Inspiring career stories of famous people for students

  1. Good post. Apart from the ones you’ve mentioned, I found the story of Toyota (and the Toyoda family) very inspiring.

  2. Rohit Talwar says:

    awesome. love your blog. now i understand your message for me on my blog.. i am not concentrating on journalism though… keep posting!

  3. Sangeeta says:

    I hope my career story will get featured on your blog someday…:P

  4. Hiren says:

    Sangeeta-if it helps other people, why not. The whole purpose of the blog is to expand awareness and if possible form a support group of such people.

    Thanks, Rohit and vijay

  5. arjun sharma says:

    thank you
    hope you will receive more of thankyou(s) in the near and promising future

  6. Thanks for this sharing.

    I’m glad to all students who read this post. 🙂

  7. RANI says:


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  9. ishvar says:

    I was very inspired by reading this post. I very liked to read such inspired stories or thoughts that help us in our life.

  10. Nigin says:

    great…i really mean it…took only 10 minutes to read it but it gave me something for the day you can post my story also.

  11. mahendra1270 says:

    Nice post really liked it kep it up.

  12. Deepti says:

    I was confused about what i am doing and why i need to do job which i dont like. So i just clicked to read some inspiring story. You know sometimes in ur job, after struggling years, we realise what we have done for myself. After reading these stories of great ppl, I am definate abt what i want.
    It boosted my will power and helped me to commit myself to do what i love to do?




  14. Suchita says:

    Lovely write dear. in present time people are so disheartened because of various reasons… This Article will definitely help them to realize that life is an endless series of great experiences. And If we take these experiences positively then it will lead us to achieve what we wish to in our life.

    • people are not dishearted,they pretend to be one among them..
      People need to step forward and Dream to achieve their goals .
      u are right Suchita, this Artical will give others a positive way of thinking towards the Life…..

  15. Anamica Saindane says:

    Good Inspirational icons mentioned.

  16. AKINS says:

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  17. Nitish kumar says:

    Truly inspiring and made in a simple but effective way

  18. urmila says:

    thnks 4 inspirg stories.m fond of them.

  19. ajay says:

    it really good

  20. sandeep says:

    all da best 4 u are future

  21. shiva says:

    Really …. was awsme inspired stories….. Ths stories may changes me ………..:-):-)

  22. Anonymous says:

    nice stories

  23. mukesh says:

    this is most important stories.

  24. best life says:

    i wants to convey this message to the all youth of the world .
    Thomas Edison had no father’s business but he used to work 18 hours a day and yet say that he didn’t work in his life as it was all fun.

  25. kalyani neta says:

    This blog is really excellent and awesome.

  26. singh kanwar says:

    awesme stories …….

  27. Amey.T says:

    I want to become a good singer and mimicry artist as i have those skills and talents but due to lack of self-confidence of getting success in those fields because of tough competition i am not pursuing those. I have done 3 years ago. Since 3 years i am in home, doing nothing due to lack of self-confidence. When i read your article, my thoughts are converting to positivity. But still i need a perfect guidance and help from someone. Please help me in this concern…. I want to pursue my career in singing and mimicry…

  28. Anonymous says:

    i cant believe dis does not include steve jobs

  29. SHRAVYA says:

    whow!!! it really got inspiration from these stories ,I hope to receive success in my life

  30. Anonymous says:

    Nice stories.really it inspires a lot.

  31. shubha says:

    My motive is 5 times stronger after reading your blog
    Thanx a lot n lot

  32. NEERAJ says:

    i hope i will become what i want only doing hard work……inspring stories

  33. mkr says:

    Very inspiring of the best blogs i hav seen..also if possible post more stories like this..

  34. bommi says:

    Truly amazing.In present generation,one needs motivational stories like this to keep going ahead in life.Life is not a bed of roses always.There will always be ups and downs

  35. rudwaan says:

    please trust your self only

  36. Anonymous says:

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  40. Sajidali says:

    Stories are good but too short not comrehensiv,it would be good if these are given length.

  41. sonal says:

    It really inspired me a lot ……of how hard work and determination leads to succesd

  42. vishu says:

    my heart says i should get in politics and do something for my country even in the cost of my life and its like 100 times in a day

  43. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I really hope to check out the same high-grade blog posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged me to get my very own site now 😉

  44. Anonymous says:

    a hats off to these soul touching stories nd you will also read d 1 of mine life

  45. Anonymous says:

    Good One ..boosted my will power and helped me to commit myself to do what i love to do

  46. Gaurav Dayavani says:

    i love the encouragemant of bill gates he ha listen to his heart that’s why today he is the billionere of the world i also go forward in tha t field in which i am interested and prove to the world see me now i am become a succesful person

  47. Amit kumar singh says:


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    Bardzo dobry tekst, konkretny i łatwy do przeczytania

  51. Jeetesh Kumar neemraut says:

    It’s touching really heart ,,,it give us inspiration to go ahead n not to lose heart, ,,,,after this it’s feels m also do something great as them by following their way, ,,,,,,inspiration great to me, ,…..

  52. priyanshu kumar says:

    waw it’s really amazing just i have seen it’s inspirable story for a good making carrier persuing students..

  53. Alicia says:

    Good inspiration for kids

  54. Anonymous says:

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