Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Someone I Find Fascinating

Continuing on with the thirty-day blogging challenge that, being the rebel I am, I'm not doing in thirty days. Today's prompt is "Someone who fascinates you and why."

This is hard to do without getting into politics or celebrity crushes. Or non-celebrity crushes.

Someone who fascinates me and is not a politician (or someone having to do with politics such as a reporter) or a crush, is . . . Michael Dell.

Dell was the founder of Dell Computers. Big deal? Well, yes. Dell started a computer business in his dorm room when he was a pre-med student in college. He then moved it to a condominium. Finally he started Dell Computers in Austin Texas with $1,000 of capital.

At age 27 he was the youngest CEO of a company ranked in Fortune magazine's list of the top 500 corporations. This was 1992.

Dell, who is now 50 years old, is very rich, with an estimated net worth of $22.4 billion. And it all started with $1,000 and hard work. Lots of hard work, I suspect.

Dell's success shows that hard work, creativity, and more hard work pay off. Or at least they did in the '80s and '90s.

And, despite his success, he's been married to the same woman since 1989. No trophy wife for him.

I, personally, have had great luck with the Dell computers that I own. And I love being able to configure them almost exactly as I want them on their website. So I'm not only an admirer, I'm a customer.

And that's a person I find fascinating.

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