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Andrew Robl, Millionaire Online Poker Player – Entreprenuer

Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, Andrew Robl began playing poker in high school. As many players do, Robl went broke the first couple times playing poker for money. Determined to improve his game, Robl began devouring every poker book he could get his hands on and got a grip on the game. He began steadily making money and increased his stakes both online and live.

At age 21, Robl moved to Vegas to pursue his career in poker. He continues to make the money in major live tournaments and regularly competes in high-stakes cash games. His online moniker is “good2cu.”

Tips:

-Things that are fun for you may work out to make you money

-Never underestimate your talents

 

Timothy Blixseth, Billionaire, Founder of Yellowstone Club – Careers without a College Degree


Timothy Blixseth
, billionaire founder of Yellowstone Club and golf courses, skipped college and failed as a professional songwriter. With an estimated current net worth of around $1.2 billion, he is ranked by Forbes (2007) as the 802th-richest person in world.  He made his first fortune as a timberland investor.

Grew Up Poor

Born to Norwegian immigrants in Oregan of 1950, Timothy Blixseth grew up in an impoverished household. Before he was born, his father fell ill and was unable to support their family, forcing them all to live on welfare.  Although he originally intended to be a musician and songwriter, Blixseth quickly found a calling in business and profit. In his early teens Timothy Blixseth worked late shifts at lumber mills and grocery stores to help make money and he took Saturday classes in order to graduate high school. He started is first business transaction , at the age of 15, when Blixseth saw an ad for donkeys at $25 each. He bought the donkeys, took them home, and turned around and sold them for $75 each. Realizing his profit margins, Blixseth was excited and started looking for other deals.

Made Millions

He made millions in his twenties buying and selling timber and timberland at large profits, even though he tried his best to become a musician.  He played music by ear so did not have the necessary techniques needed to be successful.  Blixseth graduated high school in 1968 only to spend one hour in college. He attended a single class at a community college and quickly determined that, instead of learning about academics, he needed to learn how to make money. So Blixseth left to find his career.

Could not Retire

He retired a wealthy man, but retirement didn’t sit well and Blixseth began working again. He purchased 164,000 acres in Montana and ended up selling some of it to the government and seeing the potential in the property, held on to a few thousand acres of development land. Although he originally wanted to turn it into a small retreat, it became so popular with other people, that he developed it into the first private ski and golf community in the world. Yellowstone Club has a championship golf course and miles of ski trails.  Tim Blixseth is developing Yellowstone Club World, an exclusive travel opportunity for his members with access to yachts, jets, and 25 international properties including castles in Europe.

Tips:

-Sometimes your passion needs to be a hobby

-Learn lessons along the way

-You never have to retire

 

 

 

Wolfgang Puck, Chef, Restaurant Owner, Careers without College

Wolfgang Puck, Austrian born,  is a chef, owner of 16 restaurants and 80 express bistros. He quit school at the age of 14 and got a job as a cooking apprentice at a hotel. When he told his father, he said, “Well, you’re good for nothing. Cooking is for women.”

Went to Culinary Arts School

As a teenager, Puck initially studied the culinary arts in Austria, before moving to France, where he apprenticed at L’Ousteau de Baumaniere in Les Baux-de-Provence and the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. After immigrating to the United States in 1973, he briefly lived in New York and Indianapolis before becoming executive chef at the esteemed Ma Maison in Los Angeles.

Opened First Restaurant in Hollywood

Wolfgang Puck opened his first restaurant, Spago—Italian slang for spaghetti—in 1982. In the heart of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, the bistro became a hot spot for celebrity clientele. The popular  Spago touted a fashionable decor, open kitchen, and imaginative pizza varieties (toppings ranged from caviar and lox to duck sausage). In the ensuing years, Puck capitalized on the success of Spago by opening establishments throughout the U.S.

Author of Cookbooks

Furthermore, he is the author of a number of cookbooks, including Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen (1980), The Wolfgang Puck Cookbook (1986), Adventures in the Kitchen with Wolfgang Puck (1991), and Pizza, Pasta, and More (2000). In 2001, Puck entered the television arena with a self-titled series, Wolfgang Puck, on cable TV’s popular Food Network.

Works at Charitable Organizations

Puck has worked on behalf of a number of charitable organizations, most notably the Wolfgang Puck Foundation, which is dedicated to raising money for the Meals on Wheels program.

Tips:

-Don’t let anyone dissuade you from your dreams

-Get a certification for your passion


 

Tom Carvel, Inventor of Soft-Serve Ice Cream Did Not Attend College

Tom Carvel, inventor of the soft-serve ice cream machine, founder of Carvel ice cream stores, did not attend college. Before he began selling ice cream, he was an auto mechanic, Dixieland band drummer, and test driver for Studebaker.

Friendly But Tough

Tom Carvel  was a man who wasn’t afraid of hard work and did what it took to make his dreams come true.. He was charismatic, very engaging and had a friendly demanor. He was also a tough and honest businessman who demanded only the best from those who worked with him.

Variety of Careers Before Stumbled on Carvel Ice Cream

Tom Carvel, whose real name was Athanassios Karvelas  was brought to the United States as a young child from his native Greece.  At the age of 26, after a variety of careers that ranged from a drummer in a Dixieland band to an auto test driver for Studebakers, he borrowed money from his future wife, Agnes, and began selling ice cream from his battered truck.  Tom’s truck suffered a flat tire so he pulled his trailer into a parking lot next to a pottery store and began selling his melting ice cream to vacationers driving by. Within two days, Tom had sold his entire supply of ice cream, and realized that he could make a lot more money working from a fixed location. The generous potter allowed Tom to hook into his store’s electricity, and Tom opened for business. Two years later, Tom bought the pottery store, converted it into a roadside stand, and permanently established himself as the first retailer to develop and market soft ice cream.

-Tips

-Take advantage of spontaneous things that happen

-If you can’t decide what to do, try a variety of things

 

Plan “B” – Tips on How to Get a Job without a College Degree

As the cost of a college degree soars, you might need a “Plan B” to find a good job. Your options depend on how much experience you gain and how hard you’re willing to work.

You will need:

-An employment counselor

- A targeted resume

- Interviewing skills

- Personal contacts

- An apprenticeship
certification

-
Networking skills (optional)

Step 1: Find an employment counselor. 

Determine your goals and learn about the market.  Tip: Be willing to start at the bottom.

Step 2: Research professions. 

Research job openings and focus on advertised requirements. Create a resume listing your accomplishments and qualities that match what employers want.

Tip:  If you have no real work experience, create a “skills” only resume.

Step 3: Request informational interviews. 

Request informational interviews to get known and learn what is expected to be successful in their field.  Ask your friends for contacts they might have.
 Tip:  Networking is a great way to get a job.

Step 4: Apprentice yourself. 

Apprentice yourself to a tradesman, working for low wages or for free to learn skills in a field, and earn the trust that leads to referrals when opportunity knocks.

Tip: Attitude is critical. Have a strong work ethic.

Step 5: Work your way up. 

Choose industries that will allow you to work your way into management,  manufacturing, sales, construction, veteranarian, health and transportation.

Tip:  Health and Transportation are two of the leading job areas for the future.

Step 6: Get certified. 

Take certification courses to be licensed in a field where you can later rise into management based on work performance and experience.

 Tip:  In many cases, you can work while you get your certification.

 

Tyler Dikman – CEO, Cooltronics.com, Success without a college degree

As president and CEO of CoolTronics.com — a firm that sells, delivers and sets up computers — Tyler has a million dollar business.   In 2002, at age 17, he graduated from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida.

Has Six Employees

Astoundingly,  at the age of 17, he met payroll for as many as six employees and contractors. His client base approached 250. He racked up nearly 6,000 cell phone minutes a month, tending to the demands of business.  “It started as a hobby and fun thing that turned into a whole lot more,” he says.

Attributes Success to Ability to Relate to People

He attributes success to good marketing and an ability to relate to people.  “So many people know computers,” he says. “But how many know how to speak to clients?”  Tyler does.

Donates Time to Veterans Hospital

Tyler has given his time freely to playing cards, checkers and chess with veterans at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital.  He volunteered there, first in geriatrics, then in the spinal cord unit, where he learned to lift quadriplegics in and out of wheelchairs.

Tips:

- Over promise and undeliver

- Get a mentor – be the kid they wish they had

- Ideas don’t make you successful, implementation does

Anna and Sarah Levinson, Young Entrepreneurs – Careers without College

If you know of a teen or adult who has a success story without a college degree, please have them contact:  Claudia Fox at claudiafox48@yahoo.com.

Many very successful entrepreneurs start at a young age.  With some perseverance and a lot of hard work, small businesses flourish.  Anna and Sarah Levinson were just 14 and 17 when they brewed their first batch of homemade nail polish.  Friends, classmates and even shopkeepers asked the girls where they bought their nail varnish.

RIPE” Was Born with Gift and Loan

They decided to cash in stocks that they had been given at birth and started-up their own company, producing nail varnish colors they were already mixing for themselves.  In addition their grandmother gave them a loan and their company, RIPE, was born.

Fun Turned Into Business

Anna and Sarah are now one of the most popular cosmetic companies around earning over $200,000 per year.  What started out as fun and enjoyment eventually began a successful business.  Best of all, they enjoyed every step of the way.

Tips:

-       Fun can turn into business

-       Hard work pays off

-       You can never start too young

Cameron Johnson, Business Entrepreneur at Age 9 – Success without College

Cameron Johnson was not your typical teenager.  He started his first business at the age of nine and before graduating from high school, he was recognized as one of the most successful teenagers in the world.  At the age of fifteen, Cameron was the youngest person to become an Advisory Board Member to a Japan-based company.  That same year, a best-selling Japanese author wrote a biography of his life.  Over the last six years, Cameron has given more than one-hundred speeches worldwide and at the age of 17, he was the Keynote Speaker with Michael Dell at the Youth International Technology Summit in Austin, Texas.  Cameron followed his intuition and created his dream without a college degree.

How He Started His Business

‘ I started my first business when I was nine years old. And it started as simply a kid with a computer and a printer and I started simply because I had Printshop Deluxe software which let me print greeting cards and stationary and all those types of things using my computer and printer. And the way the business got started was I printed these invitations just as a sample to show my mom and she said, “Wow, that’s great, you can print the invitations to a party your dad and I are having.” And I somehow just simply responded and said, “Sure, if you pay me.” And I guess it’s funny looking back but my mom just said, “Okay fine, I’ll give you $15.00 if you print 50 invitations.” And knowing that that didn’t take very much of time, I wanted to do more of that. And on the back of those invitations, they said, “Printed by Cameron Johnson.” Just like if you bought them at Hallmark, they’d say, “Printed by Hallmark”. So everyone who came to my parents party I guess knew that the Johnson’s little nine year old son had printed these invitations and that led to more sales and just led to the start of my little printing business.’  Quote from Cameron Johnson  Read more about Cameron on cameronjohnson.com

Tips:

-Have an idea, take an action, you’ll never know unless you put yourself out there

-Don’t be afraid of rejection

- Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Michael Jordan Quote – Careers without College

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”­ – Michael Jordan, Basketball Legend and Entrepreneur

Dani Johnson, From Homeless to Millionaire – As seen on Oprah


Dani Johnson grew up on welfare, was pregnant with her first child at age 17, and homeless at 21.   Dani became at the age of 23, started her empire by selling a weight loss product from her car trunk and, against all odds, became a millionaire  Now, she’s a business owner, best-selling author and motivational speaker.

Dani on Oprah

Dani agreed to be on the Oprah Winfrey show under cover for one week. She gave up everything, hiding her true identity and lived on $40 a week in a cramped one-bedroom apartment in the impoverished Western Heights neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee. “I once was on welfare. There were times where I can remember when I got home at night and had popcorn for dinner because I had no food,” she says.

Dani Visited Twins Who Give to Others

Dani visited the “Love Kitchen” and volunteered with elderly twins who give of their time to feed others.   She encourages us all to give of ourselves, even if we don’t have money., there is always someone you can do something for.  And, of course, Oprah gave the twins  wonderful gifts for the “Love Kitchen”!

Taken from the Oprah Winfrey Show