Evan Thomas Spiegel, born June 4th, 1990, is the youngest self-made billionaire in the world. Spiegel did not have the prototypical rags to riches story, as he grew up quite privileged: “I am a young, white, educated male. I got really, really lucky. And life isn’t fair.” Spiegel is referring to the fact that he is the son of two Ivy League-educated lawyers who were extremely rich and of course gave their son many great opportunities. Those opportunities included an ultra-exclusive school called Crossroads in Santa Monica, which costs tens of thousands of dollars per academic year. Furthermore, after completing high school, Spiegel went on to study product design at Stanford University.
He was educated his entire life and was given the tools and opportunities very few people are given. However, what made Spiegel the youngest self-made billionaire was the effort he put in after receiving all of those opportunities. Often times, external factors are used to credit someone’s success, whether that be education, money, connections etc. However, these factors are not the fundamental recipes for success. If they were, then every successful person that ever lived should have had the same circumstances as Spiegel to achieve their success.
Although Spiegel was dealt a good hand, he still had to pave his own path. His education would have meant nothing if he did not find a way to apply it to his company. Snapchat cofounders, Reggie Brown and Bobby Murphy, were friends of Spiegel in Stanford, had he not met with them and brainstormed ideas, Snapchat might not have been created. The point is that there are countless factors that can contribute to a person’s success, but ultimately that success is dependent on the person’s own drive and commitment. No amount of degrees can buy or manifest you a successful career, but dedication and using whatever tools you can around you is sure to help you acquire a successful career. Here are ten quotes by Evan Spiegel.
“There is a real value in sharing moments that don’t live forever.” – Evan Spiegel
“When we first started working on Snapchat in 2011, it was just a toy. In many ways it still is.” – Evan Spiegel
“There are very few people in the world who get to build a business like this. I think trading that for some short-term gain isn’t very interesting.” – Evan Spiegel
“We do have a sense of entitlement, a sense of ownership, because after all, this is the world we were born into, and we are responsible for it.” – Evan Spiegel
“We would experiment and fail. We must have attempted nearly 34 projects.” Evan Spiegel
“In times of despair, you may believe the cynic who tells you that one person cannot make a difference – and there are times it may be hard to see your own impact. I beg you to remember that it is not possible at this time or any time to know the end results of our efforts” – Evan Spiegel
“I think everyone is born creative but it can be suppressed by fear.” – Evan Spiegel
“Conforming happens so naturally that we can forget how powerful it is – we want to be accepted by our peers – we want to be a part of the group. It’s in our biology. But the things that make us human are those times we listen to the whispers of our soul and allow ourselves to be pulled in another direction” – Evan Spiegel
“It’s not about working harder; it’s about working the system.” – Evan Spiegel
“We’re just going to keep executing on what we believe.” – Evan Spiegel
Author Bio: Idil Dahir
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