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Who is the worlds greatest entrepreneur?

Posted in entrepreneurship by Steve Sammartino on November 21, 2009

Steve Jobs?

Bill Gates?

Richard Branson?

Not even close… it’s not a billionaire, not even a millionaire…

It’s William Kambkwamba. William personifies the meaning of the word ‘Entrepreneur’. He has done more with less than any of those above. In all probability William had as little a resource base available as any living person in the free world. This is no exageration.

Here’s why he is the worlds greatest entrepreneur:

- He had no financial resources

- He could not even afford to go to school, had no formal education

- He had to make it work with junk he found lying around

- He is self taught

- He created something incredibly complex

- He did it from a guide in what was then, a foreign language to him

- He built something for the good of others, to help his village

- He was not motivated by money

- He defied ridicule

- He is humble

William is the greatest entrepreneur in the world. William is one of the greatest inspirations I’ve ever had the fortune of being exposed to. Read up on William. Google him. Watch the Youtube videos on William. Absorb what William represents and re-consider what you beleive to be hardship next time you have a tough day. I do.

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  1. Frank Lehmann said, on November 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    He’s an absolute inspiration. He’s just awe inspiring. WOW.

    thanks for sharing, had no idea.
    FL

  2. samotage said, on November 23, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    This is what it’s about. Finding a problem, understanding it – then just getting on and doing it. It’s amazing what can be made from nothing. The most important ingredients in my opinion, (in no particular order) are dreams, blood, sweat, tears and determination.

  3. Luke Hallam said, on November 23, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    William is certainly an inspiration. I wonder how many more like him are out there that remain unrecognised by Western media.

  4. Mike Boyd said, on December 14, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Steve have you got his book that was featured in the video?

    Do you know if it’s available locally?


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