Isaambard Kingdom Brunel Anglo-French engineer built more than one amazing project. He also suffered business failure and loss of reputation. His projects included the Great Western Railway, SS Great Britain ship and the iconic Clifton suspension bridge.
Brunel really was an awesome engineer. Despite his many world famous projects he also designed London Paddington Station, Bristol Temple Meads Station and the Thames Tunnel (with his son Marc). But he also built the...
Coco Chanel was a real opportunist. But at 71 when Europe shunned her she made a huge return in the USA soon forcing Europe and her critics to become fans.
Like Hugo Boss Coco Chanel could be called a war-time collaborator. She certainly was a colourful character and probably only escaped jail due to her connections to Winston Churchill and gifting US GI's free perfume. But who knows the real truth of her war-time activity.
One thing is sure is that her bounce back in business aged 71...
Honest Abe Lincoln bought too much stock he couldn’t sell and then his partner died. He took 10 years to pay back his debt. But he did pay it behaving honourably as an ethical entrepreneur. His bounce back in business shows you can be ethical in failure as well as success.
Abraham Lincoln failed and bounced back so many time it is extraordinary.
• 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them. Two years later his mother died.
• 1832 Lost...
Michael Allen wrote his first Bounce Back in Business book in 2017. It is called - Bouncepreneurs How to Successfully Bounce Back After Business Failure. In the book Michael provides a road map on how to Bounce back in business and life. Since writing the book Michael has spoken at numerous events and has even developed a special course called Bounce Back in Business.
During March the Book is available in free downloadable format simply by clicking on the book below.
On St David's Day - the national day in Wales we remember Brothers Walter and Tom Davies. They are St David's Day Welsh Bouncepreneurs from Llanelli Wales. They tried in 1902 to launch a car hire business unsuccessfully. But they noticed so many cars were coming back with flat tyres. So the entrepreneurial brothers invented the spare car tyre of Stepney and this was their bounce back in business. But 1910 they were producing 75,000 "Stepneys" per year. Happy St David's Day to Welsh...
Heard of the Detroit Motor Company - no? It was Henry Ford's first car manufacturer which went bankrupt. He started again and becoming one of the top 10 richest people in history.
So even the mighty have failed.
Retired teacher Cheng Shilian is 77 from Anhui Province China. Loss of her husband and debts from treatment of her late son and his wife left big debts. Cheng was determined to clear them as bounce back in business after two failures. Now a successful tea entrepreneur.
Max Factor or Maksymillian Faktorowicz started work at 8 in Lodz Poland. In USA his partner stole profits and stock from a successful World's Fair launch. Max Bounced Back by opening a barber shop and went on to style icons of Hollywood including Jean Harlow's Platinum Hair!
Today we induct Otto Frank into the Bouncepreneurs Hall of Fame . Otto was the Jewish father of Anne Frank . He himself Bounced Back in business in an ironic way co-writing and selling over 25 million copies in 50 languages of The Diary of Anne Frank. Bouncing Back to keep his daughter's memory alive.
Oprah is one of only two black female billionaires. But when she lost $60 million on her Beloved movie in 1998 she gained 15kg and openly states it was her lowest low. But Bounce Back in Business she did!