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Examples of people who told their bosses to stick it and became successful.

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by Star, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. crazyquik

    crazyquik Well-Known Member

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    OP's list includes one person who already owned a successful industrial concern (a tractor company) and a character from a novel. FAIL.
     
  2. romafan

    romafan Well-Known Member

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    Sam Peckinpah
    Jamie Dimon
    Roy Keane
     
  3. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Well-Known Member

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    Uh no. Tesla told Edison to stick it, but then Edison and his very, very power friends basically ruined Tesla's career. The guy had ideas far better than Edison in ever single way, yet they never picked up, because Edison was sabotaging him at every step. Considering Tesla died poor with few at the time knowing much about him or his work, and instead most people thinking his far dumber boss is the greatest inventor of all times, I really don't think this is a good example of what the OP was talking about at all.
    ^^ This is the story I'd always heard. In fairness, there's real skill involved in being a good business person, which Edison certainly was and Tesla certainly was not. But Tesla basically had most of his shit stolen or ripped off or even blatantly sabotaged by Edison, and died in relative obscurity (until much later, when he was rediscovered posthumously). BTW, this is how life works, unfortunately. The most successful people in the world aren't necessarily the smartest; they're the savviest. Savvy beats smart every time. So, while I feel sorry for Tesla and think he got shafted, I have to give Edison some credit for being a savvy and manipulative motherfucker. History is written by the victors, and not necessarily by the ones who are right. It kind of sucks, but that's how the real world unfortunately works.
     
  4. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Well-Known Member

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    How about Hugh Hefner?
    Quit Esquire and started playboy magazine [​IMG]


    +1
     
  5. frenchy

    frenchy Well-Known Member

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    HgaleK Well-Known Member

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    On the Tesla discussion- just look at the electric chair. A genius piece of work commissioned by Edison to scare people off of AC electricity.
     
  7. Slopho

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    QFT, though it is really fair to use a novel as an example?

    Nope, its like Star Trek. When every they brought up an example of something from the past they would throw in an alien. They'd be like:

    "He's a lot like the ancient philosophers, Socrates and Plato of earth and Braniac of Smartron 2."

    That third nigga is not real.
     
  8. gdl203

    gdl203 Well-Known Member

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    That guy in that movie.

    edit: office space. yea
     
  9. Southern-Nupe

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    Puff Daddy
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    ....the sad part is, it's all the same person.
     
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    Michael Bloomberg got fired by Solomon Brothers and used his $10 million severance package to found what is now known as Bloomberg...


    Jerry Seinfeld started out playing a bit role in an 80's sitcom called Benson . Only three episodes and he was fired in a humiliating manner -- one day, he showed up and realized his character was nowhere to be found on the script. He had been forgotten as he was considered too unimportant. This experience supposedly got him to focus on jobs where he would end up having some degree of creative control in the whole production process.

    Ah shit - I misread the OP ... neither of these guys told their boss to 'shove it' - they got shitcanned instead. [​IMG]
     
  11. Joe Cool

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    Frank Lopez wishes he had only told him to F*ck off

    [​IMG]
     
  12. countdemoney

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    Steve Jobs:
    While he was technically fired, there is no doubt Jobs told all his bosses to stick it during his first term at Apple. He would go on to found 2 multi-million dollar companies, then come back to save the company that he founded and was fired from.

    Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce, Eugen Kleiner:
    The three left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory to help form fairchild semi-conductor and later to form intel and Kleiner Perkins.

    Lee Iacocca:
    Fired from ford for his disagreements with the boss, he would join and save Chrysler. "If you can find a better car, buy it."
     
  13. SirSuturesALot

    SirSuturesALot Well-Known Member

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    Millard Drexler:

    Helped Gap grow into a behemoth over 19 years of dedication. Got fired. Refused to sign a non-compete and gave up his severance package. Joined J. Crew. Hired a ton of execs away from Gap and grew J. Crew into a behemoth.
     
  14. robbie

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    Jimmy Page quit the Yardbirds and formed 'the new Yardbirds' aka Led Zeppelin. Not sure how much 'stick it' was involved but... they were the biggest band ever.
     

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