As we discussed last month, most super successful entrepreneurs became experts in their field prior to reaching the mark of success. Bill Gates had an affinity for computers and how they function starting from when he was in eighth grade. Walt Disney was a comic writer and storytelling, developing fictional characters from a young age throughout his entire life. What about others in different industries?
Jon Morrow: He is one of the world’s most prolific bloggers. Morrow was the commissioning editor for many years at Copyblogger, one of the most successful content marketing blogs in the world and has since launched his flagship blog, Boost Blog Traffic.
J.K. Rowling: J.K. Rowling is one of the most recognized names in the world of fiction. As an author and entrepreneur, she has built up a brand worth about $1 billion. There are many reasons for J.K. Rowling’s success but, just like the others who have reached success, she began writing at the age of 6. She spent almost seven years polishing her idea for Harry Potter before it became what it is today.
David Overton: Overton is the CEO of the Cheesecake Factory, that restaurant that is located all over the world and brings in $1.6 billion annually. David dreamed of transforming a small family business into a hugely successful public company. It started when he realized that everyone all over the country would appreciate the taste of the cheesecakes produced by the family bakery business and sold it to restaurants in Los Angeles. He became an expert in the niche and soon it expanded.
James Dyson: James Dyson is the man who invented Dyson vacuum cleaners, the dust remover that has been cleaning homes for years. James has a design background and studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art for a year, then took courses in interior and furniture design at the Royal College of Art. He began inventing products in college and never stopped. Dyson is not a master at vacuuming, nor an expert in engineering. Rather, he is great at recognizing household problems and creating meaningful solutions. James spent five years researching and developing prototypes for his Dyson vacuums before they were introduced to the rest of the world.
As an entrepreneur, I recommend finding your own expertise. Fine tune and excel at your niche so it can be useful in a bigger way!