Born: November 19, 1938, Ohio, US | Successful For: Media Mogul, Philanthropist | Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
“I’ve never run into a guy who could win at the top level in anything today and didn’t have the right attitude, didn’t give it everything he had, at least while he was doing it; wasn’t prepared and didn’t have the whole program worked out.”
– Ted Turner
Inner Keys to Success:
- LET THE OBSTACLES SERVE AS AMBITION: Ted had a motivated mindset and he proves you can move in either direction when faced with adversity. You can become a victim or in his case, a victor. He was raised by a harsh and controlling father who would beat him severely and abused him emotionally as a child. He was sent to a military private school and was expected to attend Harvard, although his grades weren’t good enough. At Brown’s University he was expelled before receiving a diploma for having a female student in his dormitory room. In his work life, he was always competing to prove to his father who limited Ted to an account executive position in his billboard advertising company. Eventually, his dad, who was bipolar, decided to commit suicide due to his mental demons serving as a tough obstacle to understand for a son. Despite being bipolar himself, Ted Turner had a fighter spirit in that he just let all the negativity fuel him to reach further. “I didn’t care what, how much adversity life threw at me. I intended to get to the top.”
- BE SOLUTION MINDED AND ALWAYS AIM TO ‘FIND A WAY’: Ted Turner is a visionary, leader and problem solver who had, over time, developed a particular mindset that found ways to resolve any issue. From being the vice president of the debating union, and then dropping out of university to leading a sailing team, Ted had grew a particular perspective that would assist him in every business thereafter. He claims “the mind is just another muscle”, perhaps, hinting it can be be adjusted the way we want. He would constantly come up with ideas to change the world. That’s why he is a billionaire; he was way less concerned with the money and more concerned with creating solutions and solving problems. Turner was so magician like, he created the animated series Captain Planet and the Planeteers and also made WCW Wrestling, the only federation to overtake the WWE, in terms of sales and ratings. And at one point it even competed with Monday night football. This business magnate has accomplished so much, not just in terms of money but also in terms of starting, fixing and mastering different projects to perfection.
- TO REACH BILLIONAIRE STATUS, YOU MUST BELIEVE IN YOURSELF: He developed such thick skin through events that took place in his life. Ted Turner battled the media giants of CBS and FOX to get market shares in one of the most dog eat dog business sectors of media. He did this with a very high level of belief in himself and his strengths. He didn’t let anybody or anything stop him as he laughs in the face of opposition saying “All my life people have said that I wasn’t going to make it. ” CNN would go on to become the first dedicated 24 hour cable news channel and Ted Turner pioneered the super-station idea in cable television. This internal blueprint of being able to do anything, has assisted him in being a big philanthropist and he has pledged a billion dollars of his money to the United Nations as he is also the Chairman of the UN Foundation Board of Directors .
“You can never quit. Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
– Ted Turner
Ted Turner is very versatile in terms of business and has ventured in many different avenues. He owns the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and the Atlanta Braves baseball team. Turner even raises bison in Montana for both, his attempt to re-popularize bison meat, and for his Teds Montana Grill, not to mention he has the largest herds in the world. “I’ve had the fortune to have a much more diverse life than most people would, professional sports and television and news and movies.”
“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”
– Ted Turner