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Many of the most successful entrepreneurs spent years working in tedious jobs, doing work that was unsatisfying. They knew that in order to get where they truly wanted to be, they would need to put in long hours and dedication to finally achieve their goals. These entrepreneurs knew that their passion was bound to help the world in one way or another. Here are a few of the most influential entrepreneurs of this century and the last.

 

Bill Gates

While this one may be a no-brainer, it is important to recognize why Bill Gates remains one of the most memorable entrepreneurs for two centuries. He is labeled as the “dropout”, a success story that is an unlikely one. But Gates shouldn’t only be known for his academic history. The reason he made my list is due to the fact that he never gave up and always kept his competitive drive alive. At a time when the world of technology was changing, Bill Gates strategically used the resources he had to create what is now one of the most powerful software companies in the world. He’s also an extremely generous man who pledged to donate half of his worth to charity throughout his lifetime.

 

Sergey Brin and Larry Page

Surprisingly, these names aren’t as well-known as some other influential entrepreneurs. But billions of people use their creation every day, so they deserve the credit. The founders of Google met as PhD candidate at Stanford and spent a great deal of their education configuring this empire. Though only originating because of a school project, both Page and Brin stemmed from families of great intelligence. Their efforts in their education helped to lead them to their massive success of today. Google is now the number one search engine in the world and is now in the race to become a $1 Trillion company.

 

These three men have proved to the world that success and good fortune can come in any shape and size. It doesn’t always matter if you have a degree or know someone in the industry. What really makes a difference is your innovation, perseverance, and passion for making a difference in the world.