6 Bizarre Job Interview Questions Every Fresh Grad should Prepare for

Job Interview Questions

“Tell us more about yourself”, “Why would you like to work for us?”, “What can you contribute to the company?” – These are but few of the many questions usually asked when you go to a job interview. Such questions are so common and mundane that you can have a single fixed answer for each one of them.

However, some interviewers don’t like throwing the same predictable inquiries over and over again. Instead, they have chosen to get creative and ask questions that not even the best pageant contestants can prepare for. Here are some of these queer queries that range from the unorthodox-but-sensible to the headache-inducing absurd.

Bed Bath & Beyond

“If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why?” – Asked at Bed Bath & Beyond

If you’re the type who skips breakfast or prefers bread, oats, or rice, then don’t expect to be accepted. But seriously though, if you’re stuck for an answer, just choose Koko Krunch because you might just poof and become a bowl of chocolate after hearing this question.

LivingSocial

“Can you instruct someone how to make an origami ‘cootie catcher’ with just words?” – Asked at Living Social

The only safe answer to this? “Well Sir/Ma’am, if the person I am to instruct knows basic origami, has excellent visualization skills, and can flawlessly follow commands, then I might just be able to come up with such an object through the power of teamwork and vocabulary.” If you’re able to deliver this line with utmost confidence, then you should be one step closer to that job, buddy.

“If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you, and why?” – Asked at Living Social

This is more like a question from an app instead of a formal interview. Still, be wary when you answer this even though it seems that they’re simply judging your taste in movies and celebrities. They say that you can tell a lot about a person by their favorite movie. So tell me, would you really hire someone who get his life’s inspiration from the mind-numbing, soul-sucking brain-draining Transformers Series?

Dell

“Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” – Asked at Dell

Last time you checked, we’re no longer in the Stone Age. But you have to answer this ancient question, unless you want your chance of working in a technology-based company get dashed against the rocks. Choose the latter – it has less occupational hazards.

Urban Outfitters

“You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?” – Asked at Urban Outfitters

If you’re a logical person, you’d first ask about the capacity of the box as it is what determines the colors that will be included in it. Should you answer ‘fuchsia’ be ready to spell it out for the interviewer. But seriously, don’t just go for a random color. Choose one that somehow represents one of your traits. For example, you can answer with the color green since you like to travel and be one with nature.

Norwegian Cruise Line

“Do you believe in Big Foot?” – Asked at Norwegian Cruise Line

This is a very important existential question. Some say there are evidences of Big Foot while the rest say they’re hoaxes. Maybe the interviewer wants to find out if you’re an optimist or realist. Or maybe he simply just want to mess with you and see how you’d react. Doesn’t matter. The secret is to be sincere and treat each question seriously.

Truth is, you can never be fully prepared for a job interview, but one’s things for sure though: if you really have what it takes to excel at the position you’re aiming for, you’ll get it one way or another. So stay positive and keep applying and learning. You’ll land your dream job sooner or later.

“Suit Up!” 5 Quick Tips on How to Wake Up Early for Work

Harvey Specter

What a beautiful morning! The sun is up, the birds are singing, and jumping jellybeans! Work begins in just an hour! And you’re still rubbing your eyes! You no longer have any time to figure out what went wrong, so you execute your morning routines at the speed of light, but to no avail – you’re still as late as the night owl is for the worm.

If you no longer want the same thing to happen ever again in this life and the next, here are essential tips you should take to heart.

Sleep Early

It’s a basic rule of thumb that everyone with common sense knows. Unfortunately, it’s so basic that people have taken it for granted or disregarded it completely. While it’s definitely possible to wake up early despite catching Zzz’s way past twelve, it leaves you weak in the morning. Aside from that, there’s also the likely chance of your body trying to make up for the lost hours. And if the body direly needs sleep, it won’t care about the alarm clock or the meeting you’re going to miss.

Set that Alarm Right

Whether the contraption that wakes you in the morning is a brand-new iPhone 6 or an actual, physical, mechanical alarm clock complete with a hammer and two bells, remember one thing – set it right! And if you’re using the digital alarm clock on your phone or tablet, make sure the AM/PM setting is correct; better yet, use military time. After all, the office punch clock won’t count a failed alarm clock as an excuse for tardiness.

Have Someone Wake you Up

For some unexplainable reason, your alarm clock didn’t go off even if the settings were accurate.  Don’t worry though, because unless you are living alone, you can always ask someone you’re living with to wake you up – if it’s not too much of a hassle for them, that is. Just cross your fingers that they’d remember to do so.

Don’t Stay in Bed

You’ve probably experienced waking up just in time or even earlier than expected. And whether it’s the former or the latter, you probably bargained with yourself for a few more minutes of sleep, and next thing you know you’re already running late! The scenario is too familiar, huh? Yeah, we’ve all been there. So when you start to convince yourself that you have five minutes to spare, jump out of the bed and prepare a hot cup of coffee.

Look Forward to Tomorrow

Remember your birthdays and Christmases? Even if you slept quite late, you still get up even before the sun starts to shine. Why? Because you’re excited. Now, imagine if you can do the same thing for work – that’d be wonderful, wouldn’t it? The night before, picture out a good, happy, and productive day when you wake up, and you’ll be catapulting out of your rocker. And since you woke up early, you’re more likely to have a beautiful day.

Mornings are opportunities to begin again. So instead of thinking they’re such awful drags, why don’t you wake up, drag yourself out of bed if you must, and enjoy the gift that is the present.

Harvey Specter

“Everybody Dance Now!” 4 Tricks in Throwing a Cool Halloween Party at Work

Costume Party

Some say Halloween is just for children, but a lot of us would respectfully disagree. I’m sure that even though the thoughts of ghouls and goblins no longer keep you up at night, you are still very much into the creepy crawly fun. Heck, I bet your friends are too, including those in the office.

So, if you’re in charge of the Halloween party or just want to pitch in a few suggestions, here are some tips to help those timeless trick-or-treat traditions come alive in the office.

Steve Carell

Get your Freak On

Halloween without costumes would be like Christmas without gifts, so costumes are pretty much standard for all the fun-loving yuppies out there. Those who aren’t feeling it, on the other hand, will think they are too old to wear one. Of course, you want everyone to join in, but it’s wrong to coerce people if it’s not their thing.

In order to persuade more people, you can turn the whole thing to a contest, and the one with the best costume will receive a prize. The reward doesn’t have to be monetary; opt to give out awesome incentives instead! And if there are those who still don’t want to sleep in a spooky suit, then it’s cool as long as they’re partying with you.

Decor Horror

The fewer the minds, the fewer the ideas. So if the party will be on the office building and it’s just the Halloween party committee who will be doing the sprucing up, don’t expect them to get too creative.

Instead, why not have the entire office help out? Just like with the costumes, turn the decorating into a contest wherein each project or department will be competing against each other. With bonuses at stake, everyone’s creative juices will be flowing. The best part? The office will become a house of horrors, even just for a day.

The Office Halloween

Fright Food

There’s no such thing as a party without food. And since it is Halloween, why not give the goodies some ghastly properties? Serve sausages that look like severed fingers by (1) making slices that look like wrinkles and (2) placing a nail-shaped yellow bell pepper near the tip.

For the thirsty vampires on the floor, you can have blood-colored punch that’s kept cool by an ice hand, which you can form by freezing water inside a glove. You can also have dentures for desserts! Just get two slices of apples for the gums and white mallows sandwiched in between them for the teeth.

Fear Play

Find out which employee is the biggest fan of Halloween by setting up a horror film trivia contest! You’re pretty much guaranteed a spot on the Top 3 if you got most of the references from the 4 “Scream” films.

Another good idea would be “Guess How Many Candies Are in the Jar?” Since candy is one of the reasons for the season, everyone will love this. And since scaring is in, why not have tests of courage? Turn one room in the office into a really creepy spot and make the participants retrieve an item; the fastest one wins! Its heaps of fun with flashes of horror.

With these tips, your Halloween party can be fun and creative without being frighteningly pricey. Have a wacky witching hour, everyone!

Need a Boost of Creativity at Work? Munch on these Foods!

Liz Lemon

We all know that food can contribute positively or negatively to our physical well being. And even though we are more concerned with what it can do to the waistline, food can actually help support brain function. Creative juices on a low? Here’s a list of foods that can help boost your creativity at work.

Just a disclaimer though: We’re office geeks, not nutritionists. So before you alter your diet completely to boost your brain power, make sure that you’re on the safe side. Try not to go overboard, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions. Remember, too much of anything can be bad for your health.

Liz Lemon Cake

Tuna

Tuna is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, perfect for boosting your brain’s power. Think of your brain as a muscle that you need to build through quality food. The more you feed it, the sharper it will be. Tuna also makes a great meal for those who are trying to watch their weight because it packs in so much protein. Already feeling a bit sluggish in the middle of the day? Time for a tuna salad sandwich!

Liz Lemon Quote

Lentils

Though not the most appetizing food on the list, lentils are definitely the richest source for folic acid. Studies show that adults who take folic acid supplements regularly demonstrate better cognitive function. This serves well in areas that require memory power and loads of critical thinking. So next time you have problems troubleshooting a new system at the office, whip up a batch of hearty lentil soup for reinforcement.

Liz Lemon Funny

Milk

Not just good with cereal, milk is also great for those days when you just can’t seem to remember the next thing on your to-do list. It contains a nutrient called Choline, an important ingredient that helps ward of senility. If you need to improve your memory, have a cool glass of milk.

Liz Lemon 30 Rock

Chocolate

Feeling bored and uncreative in the office? Then you have a great reason to munch on some chocolates. According to studies, chocolate has a ridiculous amount of antioxidants that can put red wine and green tea to shame. Sure, getting your dose of antioxidants from fruits and veggies may be better for your weight, but where’s the fun in that?

Liz Lemon Food

Blueberries

Creativity’s worst enemy may very well be the common cold. How are you going to come up with amazing business strategies if you’re feeling under the weather? Fend off the sniffles and keep your immunity in top shape by snacking on some blueberries. These delicious berries are packed with enough vitamin C to protect you from a flu attack.

Liz Lemon Pretty

Green Tea

Did you know that people who choose green tea as their go-to drink age better, both mentally and physically? Green tea not only helps in keeping your weight down, but it can also boost concentration. So next time you’re feeling out of focus at work, have a cup of green tea and let the creative juices flow.

We want to know! What’s your favourite food to snack on when you’re feeling a bit slow in the office? Let us know by commenting below.

5 Proven Practices in Building your Business Brand

Personal Brand

If your brand immediately comes to mind whenever someone mentions a particular product, then you can safely say that you’ve succeeded in building your brand. This is exactly the case for the Coca-Cola brand, which has been the flagship of the soda industry for over a century now. Achieving this level of success is the result of solid practices that has shaped the biggest brands in one way or another. Here are five of them:

Think Out of the Box

Don’t be afraid to experiment and take risks! If product poses some subtle similarities to other brands, make sure to make yours stand out! Invest in features that will show consumers that you are a visionary who strives for excellence more than profit. Do you think that the owner of Nokia hates the fact that the word “indestructible” is associated directly with his products? Of course not! So while all other mobile phones are generalized as fragile, Nokia has made a name for itself for being uniquely durable.

Hire the Right People

Making it big is practically impossible if you plan to go solo all the way, which is why you eventually have to distribute tasks to people who have the necessary skills. Not only will the manpower be multiplied, but you’ll also have a roomful of brains to bounce ideas with. You’ll never know how much innovation you can attain until you hear your employees out. Although this doesn’t mean you can slack off! You still have to do your part as the boss and owner.

Package your Product

Marketing your products/services plays an important role in building your brand. Make an impression on your target market by starting off with bazaars and social media platforms. Nowadays, social networking services makes things a lot easier for starting businesses. If you can get artists or bloggers to promote you, then that’s even better!

Think Ahead

Set a goal and run to it. Never start with just the purpose of earning money. Always think bigger! It may be as simple as “I want to export my goods” or something more ambitious like “I want my brand to be bigger than Starbucks”. It doesn’t matter really, as long as you’re working towards your goal. Always move forward, don’t stay at a certain level too long and get comfortable just because you think you’re doing well. Remember that there will always be room for improvement.

Quality Control

Never let the quality of your product or service slip. A lot of people willingly pay for expensive Nike shoes even though they can buy an equally nice pair for up to a fourth of the price. This is because customers know it’s worth every penny they pay. An unsatisfied customer will most likely refuse to make a repeat purchase; therefore, never think twice about investing in quality control and customer care.

Finance 101: Qualities to Develop to be Financially Literate

Math Kid

Aside from the knack to read and write, did you know that there’s another literacy most people are lacking? It’s called financial literacy, which is the ability to consistently make the right decisions in managing your personal finances.

In order to be financial literate, you need a set of skills and knowledge to help you make informed and effective verdicts regarding your money. Here are five qualities you need to develop in order to achieve that state of financial security.

A financially literate person is familiar with his household expenses

Keep track of how much money you have coming in, going out, and where it goes. Otherwise, you will surely make poor investments. Credit cards can be dangerous, so be sure to note how much you averagely spend on a monthly basis, them simply adjust wisely according to your spending pattern. This way, you’ll avoid, and I’m quoting “Fight Club” here, buying things you don’t need with money you don’t have to impress people you don’t like.

A financially literate person has a vision for his or her finances

It is easier to discipline yourself with your finances if you know that you’ll eventually be rewarded for it. Having a goal in mind will make you focused in money management. It can be in the form of a new car, a fruitful business, or a dream vacation with your family. Doesn’t matter really as long as the goal will give you fulfillment. So now it’s time to ask yourself: “What am I saving for?”

A financially literate person is disciplined

A person may have good track of his earnings and a clear vision for his savings, but if he doesn’t have proper discipline, financial literacy will still be out of reach. This is why you’re next step is to a budget and stick to it. Get rid of unnecessary things and highlight the essential ones. Now, construct a budget for your daily, monthly, and yearly spending. You’ll be surprised how much stress will be lifted from your shoulders once you accomplish this.

A financially literate person looks for mentors

When it comes to money management, a lot of people offer a variety of opinions. Some of them can be useful, but the majority haven’t got a clue to what they’re talking about. For the most actionable cash advice, listen to those who practice what they preach, and to those who went from rags to riches because they knew how to handle the little money that they had.

Financial literacy is something that you don’t develop in days, weeks, months, and even a year. It is a lifelong journey grounded on risks, mistakes, perseverance, and the will to succeed. Look up to great business leaders and learn from their lives. It’s time for you to take that first step on that road to security.

“Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho!” Morning Routines to Do before your March Off to Work

Heigh Ho

People have all kinds of morning routines to get them ready for their line of work.  The late, legendary film critic Roger Ebert usually started his day at 7 o’clock with oatmeal cooked from his beloved rice cooker followed by an hour-long walk outside or on his treadmill. Afterwards, he showered, shaved and went to the first of three movies he had to see for that day.

Work can be stressful and tiresome, which is exactly why some people try to enjoy the little time they have before they march off to the office. It is often therapeutic and never harmful, so why not give it a shot? If you don’t have a morning routine yet, here are some ideas that may appeal to you.

Snow White

Exercise

Hit the gym or take a 30-minute brisk walk! Physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work efficiently, giving you even more energy to conquer the day. Not only that, exercise also stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. Thus, you’d be in a good mood as you start your work.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

If you’re wondering, breakfast means “breaking your fast”. Your metabolic state is slowest during mornings because of the absence of eating during your slumber. When you eat breakfast, your metabolism accelerates, which also increases the awareness you need for the rest of the day. The healthier your breakfast is, the more effective you’ll be at work. Whole grain cereals and fruits will always be your best choice.

Seven Dwarfs

Meditate

Start the day with meditation! Ask yourself: “What do I want to accomplish today? And how will I get it done?” Then visualize your plans. You can also think about your hopes, dreams and goals, and how your small steps today can take you to your desired future. Taking some alone time can set your mood and outlook as you start your work. Focusing on the big picture will make you more appreciative of what you have and less irritable to your huge workload or unreasonable boss.

Plan your Day Ahead

Planning is the most important part of your day. Why? It gives your day direction and helps you manage your time efficiently. So before you head to the office, make sure you’ve already mapped out your tasks and errands. Therefore, if you find that your schedule is too big for a particular day, you can delegate some tasks and reschedule meetings. Eliminate a decision dilemma by setting your priorities ahead.

Snow White Dance

Have a Morning Gratitude Session

Take a minute in the morning to think of things you are grateful of. An attitude of gratitude helps you start your day right. It boosts your mood and makes you more appreciative of little things like good traffic or pleasant weather. You will be amazed at how one simple yet positive action can change the course of your day.

Look at it by this way: When you have a great morning, it’ll give the impression that your day is already complete. Remember, your morning attitude can make or break your day. So rise and shine by trying these tips and tricks. Surely, you’ll be singing “Heigh ho! Heigh ho!” as you march off to work.

5 Ways to Have Quality Time with your Kids after Work

The Dunphy Family

“I’m home!” You call out upon your kids stepping inside the living room. But then they don’t even turn their heads to greet you. They are busy watching the television or answering their homework. The workaholic in you has created a gap between you and your children. Sad, but that’s a reality amongst countless family nowadays. With a endlessly busy schedule like yours, where can you ever find the room for quality time with your kids?

Let us give you some bright ideas.

Luke I am your father!

Come home early

When you know the kids are waiting for you, don’t hang out anymore with your officemates after work. What’s the sense of planning bonding time with each other if you’ll only arrive after they’ve gone to bed? Never take the kids for granted because no one can take their place in your life.

Modern Family

Eat dinner as a family

Kids love to see their parents and learn from them. Simply eat the dinner together and talk about your day. Be a witness of the development of your kids’ personality as you listen to them talk about their teachers, lessons, friends and even that dog next door. You’ll be surprised at their quirkiness about seemingly trivial things.

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Help them with the homework

Isn’t it nice to see your kids learning how to draw a circle or do the math? You’ve no idea how much they’ll appreciate your supervision as they do their homework. Aside from the fact that they’ll get better grades, simple words of encouragement and approval will boost their confidence with his or her future projects.

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Tuck them in bed

Kiss them good night as you tuck them in bed. Or if you have more time and energy, sing them a lullaby or tell them a bedtime story. Kids love stories a lot for it is at this stage of their life that their imagination peeks. Who knows? Maybe you have the next Pablo Picasso or Neil Gaiman or Beethoven right under your roof!

Tucking them in bed also keeps their fears away. Maybe they’re afraid of those shadows created by intertwined twigs of that mango tree in your backyard. Or that sudden creaking in the cabinet caused by a scampering rat. If your bed is spacious, you can take the kids beside you at least once a week and hug them until they fall asleep. Oh, what a lovely sight it’ll be!

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Enjoy “pasalubong” together!

Kids will really, really anticipate your return from work if you tell them that you are bringing a box of doughnuts for ‘pasalubong’. Aside from the actual munching, you can incorporate some lessons while you open the box together. You ask him to identify colors and shapes while teaching him or her the value of sharing at the same time.

Parenting is hard work, but it is your greatest job – and should be your priority. While your job can give you money, it cannot give you a child. So spend more of your time enjoying the company of your kids as you watch them grow and learn.

Shop ‘til you Drop? The Pros and Cons of Having a Credit Card

Confessions of a Shopaholic

You know how fabulous it is to walk across the shopping mall with all those shopping bags you carry along. Your face draws a gleeful smile as you pass by people who stare at you with envious eyes. And it’s just all the more fabulous to see if you were able to get all those bags in just one swipe.

That’s the power of credit cards. Just one swipe and get what you want – for a price, of course!

If you’re thinking about whether to get a credit card or not, here is a list of the pros and cons of owning one.

The Pros

Card in Shining Armor – Need money for a sudden medical surgery? Credit cards can give it to you in a snap of time without the hassle of piling loan documents. You also have the flexibility of paying it over time.

“I lost my cash! What to do?!” – Let’s say you were walking along a dark street and someone tried to rob you on gunpoint; chances are you will lose all your cash to that criminal. But for credit card, who will risk his freedom to rob someone just for the sake of getting a card which can be cancelled anytime?

Save your Life – Of course, your credit card statement will give you an itemized list of your expenses. This will enable you to evaluate your monthly expenditures without the worry of losing any tangible bills.

“Oh, excuse me. I have my card with me” – You can use credit cards practically anywhere, even overseas! So, if you see a really splendid bag in Paris, and you are dying to buy it but lack resources, credit card is your savior.

Like A Boss – Did you know that can choose to consolidate your bills in one credit card and pay them all in a single swipe? So awesome.

“Here’s some gifts for you!” – Some credit cards offer great rewards such as free travel for their customers. When you make purchases using the credit card you can collect points; these points accumulate and can be used to get free items. That’s a nice motivation for you to shop a lot and pay your dues on time.

The Cons

Its Name – After all, it’s called a credit card, so it’s basically debt, which no man wants to be accountable for.

Too Much Credit Will Kill You – Yes, it will. Do not misuse, abuse, or otherwise “over-swipe” your credit card. Or else what? Oh, what’s that famous line from Fight Club? “The things you own end up owning you.”

Fight Club

It’s Not about the Money, Money, Money – It’s about the illusion of having unlimited cash and the boatloads of late free charges that will drain your bank account so fast, it’ll make your head spin.

So, to have a credit card or not? It totally depends on your ability to manage your finances and control your Rebecca Bloomwood alter-ego. You can watch “Confessions of Shopaholic” or all the better, read the entire book series by Sophie Kinsella so you’ll get what I mean.

Rags to Riches: 10 Billionaires Who Started With Empty Pockets

The Wolf of Wall Street

Not everyone is born with a silver spoon. In fact, a significant portion of the world’s billionaires come from poor families, slums or orphaned at a young age. And here are ten of them:

Maria Das Gracas Silva Foster

Head of Brazilian oil giant Petrobas. Maria grew up in Morro do Adeus, an extremely poor shantytown. While her mother worked constantly, her father was an alcoholic. She collected cans and paper to make extra money.

In 1978, she became an intern at Petrobas then eventually became the company’s first female head of field engineering. Bloomberg says that her tireless work ethic has earned her the nickname Caveirao, for the armored police cars used to clean up the crime ridden Brazilian neighborhoods.

And oh, she’s also one of Forbes most powerful women of 2014.

Do Won Chang

Do Won Chang and his wife moved to America from Korea in 1981. He worked three jobs at the same time: janitor, gas station attendant and a cashier at coffee shop. Three years later, Mr. and Mrs. Chang used their earnings to open their first fashion store called – guess what – Forever 21.

Today, Forever 21 is a global brand with 480 stores and generates $3B in sales a year.

Harold Simmons

Harold Simmons grew up in a rural town in Texas where he lived in a shack with no electricity. Despite this, he graduated in the University of Texas with a B.A. and Masters in Economics. His first business venture was a chain of drugstores which he later on sold for $50M. After that, he made a series of buyouts. He currently owns 6 publicly listed companies including the largest titanium producer in the world

Zdenek Bakala

When he was 19 years old, he fled to US from Czechoslovakia with only a $50 bill wrapped in a sandwich plastic wrap. He washed dishes at a local casino until we was able to afford studying in UC Berkley, which later lead to an MBA at Dartmouth.

Zdenek went into banking then returned to his country where he opened Credit Suisse First Boston. He owns a coal company with a $2.52 billion market cap and eight production sites across Central Europe.

Guy Laliberté

Cirque du Soleil will not be born if not for Guy Laliberte. This Canadian-born talent started his circus career in the streets: playing accordion, walking on stilts and eating fire. In 1987, he brought a troupe from Quebec to the Los Angeles Arts Festival with no return ticket. This paid off and it eventually moved to Las Vegas where they became the world famous Cirque du Soleil we know today.

Guy Laliberte is worth $2.5B and is a professional poker player and space tourist.

John Paul DeJoria

John’s German and Italian parents divorced when he was just two years old. At ten, he had to sell Christmas cards and newspapers to support his family. He went to live in a foster home in LA where he became a gang member before joining the military. He later on tried working at Redken Laboratories, took a $700 loan and created John Paul Mitchell Systems. He lived in his car during this time. Today, his company is worth over $900M annually.

Howard Schultz

Howard grew up in Brooklyn and always want to climb “over the fence”. Because he wanted a better lifestyle than what his truck-driver father could give him, he word hard on getting a football scholarship at the University of Northern Michigan.

During his work at Xerox, he discovered a small coffee shop called Starbucks. Falling in love with the coffee, he left the Xerox and – after even more years of hard work – went on to become Starbucks’ CEO. Today, Starbucks has 16,000 outlets worldwide.

Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing’s family moved to Hong Kong from China in 1940. At age 15, his father died of tuberculosis. He quit school and supported his family by making and selling plastic flowers for US export.

Ten years later, he started Cheung Kong Industries which expanded his flower business but later on expanded to real estate. Today, he owns companies in banking, cellular phones, satellite television, cement production, retail outlets, hotels, airports, electric power, and steel manufacturing.

Leonardo Del Vecchio

An orphaned boy, Del Vecchio went to work in a factory making molds for auto parts and eyeglass frames where he lost part of his fingers. He opened his first molding shop at age 23, which slowly expanded to be the world’s largest maker of sunglasses and prescription eyewear. His company, Luxottica, makes brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley. His net worth is at $11.5 Billion.

Kirk Kerkorian

Being a casualty of the Great Depression, Kirk had to drop out of 8th grade to become a boxer. He became a daredevil pilot for Royal Air Force during WWII by delivering supplies over the Atlantic where one out of four planes crashed.

From the money he earned, he became a high roller on the tables and eventually a real estate magnate in Las Vegas. Among the establishments he owns are The Flamingo, The International and MGM Grand – stalwarts of the Vegas scene.