Everyone knows of the great successes in a business like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. But what do they have in common? Well, aside from being wealthy and famous, we will all agree that there’s something that made them who they are. They both had big ideas but got a little space to start with, so their hard work and accomplishments began in a garage!
They did not give up on their dreams just because of the little space they have. They used their small resources to come up with something big.
I used to work in Hewlett-Packard as a technical support. We learned the first day that the business also started in a garage by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard in 1939 which made me feel proud of being part of a company with humble beginnings.
Other famous businesses also started in a garage, like Disney. The founder, Walt Disney, did his editing and animation in his garage in Kansas City, Missouri. Everyone grew up with Disney.
Jeff Bezos of Amazon in 1994 also started his online bookstore in a garage, and now he has huge warehouses and caters to many customers worldwide.
One of the most popular garage-to-glory fame stories is from Google where the 2 Stanford students Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented a garage in Menlo Park California as their base of operations for a few months. The rest is history.
So what’s in a garage that it can make a person rich and famous?
Do oil stains and old paint cans bring out your creativity? Is it the lack of windows? Does a giant door that lifts upward really boost creativity?
I don’t think so.
I believe it’s not really in the garage, but how you make use of the tiny space to start your dream and not giving up until you reach your goal. A small rock can be a stepping stone to something big, and we just need to grab that opportunity.
They all started in a garage, I believe we can too!
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