Narayana Murthy was born on August 20, 1946, in Karnataka. He had to work hard to reach the position that he is in today. Narayana Murthy was academically brilliant in studies. He loved Physics and Mathematics. In addition, he wanted to gain more knowledge in these fields.

Later on, he went on to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree from IIT, Kanpur. Though he was born in a poor family, he always had high hopes to make it big in life. He opened a company called Softronics, which failed in the early stages. 

Though he experienced failures, he never gave up on his dreams. In 1981, he, together with six other professionals, created a company called Infosys. Today, Narayana Murthy is listed as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Though he was born in a poor family, he always had high dreams. 

- Persistence always pays off. 

- It does not matter how many times you fail, but it's important to remember never to give up.  

J K Rowling had a tough beginning but soon rose to fame due to her passion. Her story is one of the most popular success stories out there. When Rowling turned 25, in the year 1991, she lost her mother. This incident happened six months after she started writing the book.

Later she moved to Portugal and began teaching English. Soon she got married and gave birth to a daughter. After 13 months, she divorced him. By now, she had written three chapters of the book. By 1993, her situation became miserable. Being a single parent with no money in hands made it tough. 

It took her 5 years to complete her first book. Then began her struggle to get the book published. Top 12 publishing companies turned down the book. Later on, Bloomsbury agreed to publish it. It became an instant hit among children. It also received the British Book Award for Children's Book of the year. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Never let failures stop you. It is impossible to get everything in one go. You fail and learn. But never give up. 

- Stay true to your dreams. In this case, her passion made her reach heights.

- Success won't come to you overnight. 

The giant company Uber was born when it's found Travis Kalanick's could not find a cab to reach his conference in Paris. It was then it struck him a great idea to roll out cabs to lower costs. Previously, Travis had two failed ventures.

Hence, this was the reason investors weren't interested in his idea. However, as things progressed, Ubercab first launched in San Francisco. It was a great success instantly. After having tasted success in San Francisco, they decided to expand the business. They opened in other US cities and internationally. Today Uber has a net worth of USD 69 billion. It is also the most valued tech company in the world. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Hold onto your dreams and wait for the right time.

- Not each person has a fixed time to achieve success.

- Your previous failures aren't a determinant of your success. 

- Every person starts small.

The very first name when we think of Basketball is Micheal Jordan. The NBA star has many records to his name and is no less than a superstar in his field. The only mantra that kept him going was he never say die spirit. In spite of failing multiple times, he never chose to give up. His life wasn't the life we know about. He had to earn everything from scratch after years of failures and hard work. 

He is considered a legend and he simply teaches us never to give up. Though he failed multiple times, he never gave in. He turned his failures to success and touched gold. Soon after reaching great heights, he launched a shoe brand called 'Air Jordan'. Nike made him the ambassador which surged sales. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Never give up no matter what.

- If life knocks you down a hundred times, get up and knockback without giving up. 

Elvis Aron Presley was born on 8th January 1935 in Mississippi. He later changed his middle name spelling to Aaron. He came from a very middle-class family and went on to become one of the biggest names. His family moved from one place to the other and had very little money. He was an obedient son and used to attend the Assembly of God Church. Here is where gospel music became an influence. On his 11th birthday, in 1946, his mother gifted him a guitar. 

Soon after he won a talent show. After his graduation, he worked in multiple jobs while keeping his passion alive. Sam Philips, a record label owner decided to give him a chance. Presley soon started touring and performing. His first single was "That's All Right", in 1954.

Lessons Learnt:

- Humble beginnings aren't an excuse to make it big in life. 

- Your determination is all that is needed to reach great heights. 

Thomas Alva Edison was born on the 11th of February, 1847, in Ohio, United States. Edison was known to be a hyperactive kid. His constant questioning was not appreciated by his school mates. Teachers too lost patience with him.

Soon, things got worse, and his mother had to withdraw him from school. He hardly went to school for about 3 months. By the time he turned 12, he had started selling newspapers and sweets on trains. Later on, he also added vegetables to his list.

A part of his income was spent in providing for the laboratory that he had arranged in the basement of his house. Ad he grew up, he changed cities to find work. He was also a tramp telegrapher. Soon after, his hard work finally paid off. He became a great businessman and a world-famous inventor. His mother was the main reason why he changed the course of his life. 

Lessons Learnt:

- No matter where you come from, there is nothing impossible. 

- If you put your heart and soul into something, everything is achievable. 

Bill Gates was born on 28th October 1955 in Seattle, Washington. He enrolled in Lakeside School at the age of 13. While in school, he took a great interest in programming. He built the first computer program on General Electric Machine. Bill Gates graduated in 1973 from the Lakeside School and was a National Merit Scholar. He then got admitted to Harvard College in 1973. This is where he met Steve Ballmer. He enrolled Paul Allen at Honeywell in 1974

Gates then decided to start his own software company. It was first named Micro-Soft but a year later the hyphen was removed. Finally on the 26th of November, in the year 1976, the  Mircosoft name was registered. It is the number one software company in the world today. Today, Microsoft is one of the top software companies. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Hard work always pays off.

- Pay attention to details and stay unique. 

Steve Jobs was born on the 24th of February 1955 in San Francisco. His parents were graduates from the University of Wisconsin. His mother was a speech therapist while his father taught political science. His biological parents then decided to give up for adoption. Paul Jobs and Clara adopted the baby who was then named Steve Jobs. He was exposed to electronics at a young age due to his father. He was academically brilliant. Steve then met Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak during the summer internship. 

Steve Jobs attended Reed College for a degree but decided to quit after a semester. But he loved calligraphy. Later, after 2 years he established Apple Computers with Steve Wozniak. The sales of the company teacher $139 million after Apple II was released. Steve Jobs constantly tried to improve and get the best of technology for users. Apple went to reach great records and get the best products for his customers. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Failures are never permanent. Consistent efforts will bear results.

- Make the best out of your situations. Never self pity and make excuses.

This one is a true rag to riches story that will inspire you to the core. Koum was born in a village on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine. He was the only child of a housewife while his father was a construction laborer. It is reported that he had no hot water at home and grew up without basic amenities. His parents also feared that their land phone was tapped hence avoided using that too. Koum moved to California along with his mother at the age of 16. 

He soon got a job at a grocery store where he used to sweep floors. By the age of 18, he became an expert ethical hacker. Koum was then hired by Yahoo at the position of infrastructure engineer in 1997. By January 2009 he gifted himself an iPhone. He was soon to realize that the phone would give way to a whole new industry of apps. He then developed Whatsapp Inc. on his birthday 24th of February 2009. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Hard work and persistence is what always helps you in the end.

- Gain as much knowledge as possible in the course of learning. 

Li Ka-Shing was born in China in the Guangdong District. After his father's untimely death, he was forced to drop out of school. He then started looking out for ways to support his family. He finally found a job at a plastics trading company. Shing worked for 16 hours each day and worked very hard for his family. After years of hard work, he started his own company Cheung Kong Industries. 

Today, his business covers every service in Hong Kong. They deal in real estate, telecommunications, electricity, retail and much more. The company has over 260000 staff worldwide and operates in 55 countries. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Your background has nothing to do with success. Success is simply the result of consistent hard work. 

- Life won't be fair to you at times. Take it in a good stride and stay positive. 

Larry Ellison was born to an unwed Jewish mother in the city of New York. His father was an Air Force Pilot. According to reports, Larry contracted pneumonia when he was just nine months old. That is when his mother gave him to her uncle and aunt for adoption. His adoptive father was very unsupportive while his mother was a warm and loving lady.

During his school days, he was brilliant according to his teachers but was not attentive. He then left his university in the second year because his adoptive mother expired. He never gave the exams for the second year. He then happened to visit the University of Chicago when he found computer design. By the age of 22 in the year 1966, he moved to California.

Later he founded Software Development Laboratories (SDL) in 1977. He invested $2000 and opened the company with two partners. The company then became Oracle Systems Corporation in 1982. Larry Ellison was listed as the fifth richest man in the world by Forbes List of Billionaires. He has a net worth of $36.5 billion and is the third richest American.

Lessons Learnt:

- In today's fast-paced lives, it is important to work smart rather than work hard. 

- Hard work will always give you success. If not now, then at a later stage. 

Oprah was born in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mom. She faced a lot of troubles in her childhood. The most bitter part of her life was when she was raped at the age of 9 and 13. After suffering from abuse, she finally decided to leave home. Soon she discovered her pregnancy at the age of 14 but the baby died during the initial days. In high school, she got a job on the radio and began co-anchoring evening news at the age of 19. 

She was soon transferred to the day time shift because of her great performance. At the age of 32, she became a millionaire when her show became national. Oprah Winfrey is listed as the World's only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006. In 2004, she had a net worth of 2.9 billion dollars. 

Lessons Learnt:

- It doesn't matter where you come from. But if you choose to follow the path of hard work, nobody can stop you.

- Life is short. Make use of all the opportunities that come your way. 

- Work hard to live your dreams.

Samuel Walton belonged to a poor family and worked many odds jobs. He used to milk cows, bottle them and drive them to customers. Later, he would also deliver newspapers and magazine subscriptions too. While in college, he did many jobs. After completing his graduation, he joined the US Army. This was during World War 2.

At 26 years of age, he left the military and joined a variety of stores.  For his first store, he took a loan. Thankfully, that was successful after which he opened his second store. 

The first Walmart opened on July 2nd, 1962 in Arkansas. Samuel Walton was ranked as the richest man from 1982 to 1988 by Forbes. In 1992, he had a total of 1980 stores, about 380000 employees and had annual sales of $50 billion. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Poverty can be changed if you have the passion and determination to aim high.

- It is not only important to dream but also works hard towards turning them into reality.

Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland to a poor handloom weaver. He lived in a one-room house and grew up in poverty. To make ends meet, his family shifted to the US. He took up the job of a bobbin boy at 13. The work included changing spools in a cotton mill for about 12 hours a day.

In his free time, he would read works of Scottish heroes like Rob Roy, Robert The Bruce, and William Wallace. Later, he took up another job as a telegraph messenger boy. Andrew was a hardworking and sincere person which is why he was promoted as an operator.

He also opened his personal library of 400 volumes every Saturday night. This gave a boost to Carnegie's education and his love for reading. He went on to do some railroad jobs. This is where he learned the basics of business and industry. He began investments in the oil and steel industries which earned him huge profits. Carnegie Steel Corporation became one of it's kind by 1889. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Hard work always pays off. 

- Gain enough knowledge and have a passion to learn more.

Kalpana Saroj was born in 1961 in Maharashtra, India. Her father was a police constable in Akola. She was married off at the age of 12. Later, she shifted to Mumbai with her husband's family but suffered from physical abuse. Kalpana was then taken back by her father to her village but was ridiculed by the villagers.

By the age of 16, she moved to Mumbai with her uncle. She soon started working in a garment factory to look after her family. She used government loans to fund her tailoring business. Later, she started a furniture store. Slowly, her hard work started showing results. 

She then started KS Film Production and went on to produce her first movie. As time passed, she tried her hands at real estate and was successful. She is the one who brought back Kamani Tubes into profit. Kalpana Saroj, today, has a worth of $112 million.

Lessons Learnt:

- Try your hands into various fields to gain knowledge of things.

- Personal life should not be mixed with professional life. 

- In the end, only your hard work counts.

A P J Abdul Kalam was born on 15th October 1931 in a Tamil Muslim family. His mother was a housewife while his father was an imam of a local mosque and a boat owner. Though he had average grades, he was considered to be brilliant. He loved Mathematics and spent his time on the subject.

He sold newspapers to earn some money and help his family. Abdul Kalam was fascinated with airplanes. Later on, he pursued his graduation but was dissatisfied. He went on to discover aeronautical engineering and got admitted to MIT. This was when he learned the value of time and effort.

When his first project SLV-3 failed the first time, he was shattered. It was also the time he lost his childhood mentor, Jalaluddin. Later on, SLV-3 has launched again with success. His mentors were impressed with his dedication and perseverance. He also made a change in the lives of poor children in the country. Because he belonged to a poor background, he understood how education can change someone's life. 

Lessons Learnt:

- No matter where you belong from, education has the power to change your life.

- Failures are a part of life. Accept failure with a positive heart and work harder.

- Hard work always overpowers luck. 

Patricia Narayan changed the course of her life after her marriage turned into abuse. Her husband was a drug addict who used to beat her up each day. Her father refused to accept her back.

Hence, she was left with only two choices-either to die with her two children or make a living. She then started to make jams, pickles, and squashes at home and sell them. Her hard work paid off and she was successful.

She then decided to sell fresh juice, bhaji, samosa, cutlets, tea at Marina Beach. However, she was only able to sell one cup of coffee on her first day. Later, her endeavor came to a standstill by the death of her newlywed daughter.

Two years later, she opened a hotel in her daughter's name. Her consistent efforts and hard work finally paid off. But it took her 30 years to be truly successful in her endeavor. The rest is history. 

Lessons Learnt:

- Success is never a position that is permanent. You could be successful today and fail tomorrow. It's all a part of life. 

- In the journey of life, there will be incidents that cause pain. Find a positive outlet for the same.

- To be successful in business, you don't need to have a high qualification. All you need to do is trust your vision. 

The success story of Ben Silbermann is quite inspiring as his persistent nature led him to riches. Ben had a habit of collecting stamps earlier back in the day. That is when he thought of creating a website that allowed users to do the same.

He used to work at Google but quit his job to work on Pinterest. Even after months of hard work, he only earned about 200-300 users. Ben stated that none of his friends understood the concept of the website. 

The website wasn't attractive enough for the customers. After a year of struggling, Pinterest had only 9000 users. One day, a famous blogger recommended the website after which it became famous. Pinterest today is a giant social network. Initially, multiple investors rejected his ideas. He had only one mantra in life which was 'To keep going and be persistent '.

Lessons Learnt:

- Have a never say die spirit and work hard for success.

- If you believe in your dreams, don't let anyone else decide for you. 

- In this example, even though Ben was rejected multiple times and could not get his idea through, he remained persistent.

Kevin was born on December 30, 1983. During his school days, he always wanted to become a DJ. He was so into the art that he wrote emails to the record to give him a job there. His college life began at Stanford.

He was one of the few students to participate in the Mayfield Fellows Program. However, in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg offered him a job while he was still an undergraduate. Kevin refused the offer since he wanted to complete his degree first. 

He, later on, he went to join Google as the role of an Associate Product Marketing Manager. Kevin then decided to take a risk and joined a new startup called Soon he started writing code revolving photos and got together with Mike Kreiger to help run the startup.

At first, the app failed to perform. The duo then came up with Instagram. The two hours that the app became life, it faced a severe crash down due to traffic. They worked hard to reach the level they have. It is reported that 25,000 users had signed up in the first 24 hours. 

Lessons Learnt: 

- It is important to first gain knowledge and then select your preferred field of interest.

- Experience plays an important role in your life. 

- Hard work and determination will eventually pay off.  

Jack Ma is one of the few self-made billionaires whose story is quite interesting. He was born in the southeastern part of China in Hangzhou. His parents were storytellers and musicians who hardly earned much. They weren't even making enough to be considered middle class.

He met a foreign girl who called him 'Jack' since his real name was difficult for her to spell. Later on, he went to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He also worked as an English teacher for a salary of $12 per month. 

It is also a known fact that rejections were synonymous with Jack. There are multiple instances where Jack faced rejections. He failed to land a job for which he applied 30 times. He was even rejected by KFC. Additionally, he also failed in his initial two ventures. But that did not let Jack Ma down.

He kept on dreaming and aiming high. He convinced 17 of his friends to invest in Alibaba. The company initially began from his apartment. Today, Alibaba is a top e-commerce giant that Jack Ma dreamed of.

Lessons Learnt:

- Never give up on your dreams just because others do not approve of it.

- Even if you start small, you can dream big.

- Rejections aren't temporary. They are a road to success. Have the never say die to the spirit and move ahead.