4 Secrets That Made These People Famous

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Every of us from the first seconds after being born start to bear love in our soul.


We love our mom and dad, our grandmothers and grandfathers, and uncle Tony that comes to drink tea every Saturday.

As our heart grows along with us in size we start to produce more and more love and we keep spreading it around: on that boy or girl we play together in backyard, on our teacher that look after us in the kindergarden and on our teacher in school or college, who introduce us to exciting world of science, or poetry, or most effective ways how to play soccer.

At some point we decide what we want to do in life and we want to do it good.

For example, my grandmother is a needlewoman, retired now. She had highest rank in sewing and dozens years of experince. She was respected in her studio and collegues frequently were asking her for advice. I asked my grandma: “Grandmother, were you a good seamstress? What you need to be a good seamstress?”. And the first sentence she told me was “You need to love it”. I asked her what she means saying ‘love’ related to her profession. Well, she couldn’t explain that.

I believe, when you say ‘love’ you think about joy.



What we know about kids that they always do whatever they want and sometimes it’s pretty hard to prevent them from doing it. Beyonce started to dance even earlier than she went to school. According to Wikipedia her singing talent was discovered when her dance instructor began humming a song and she finished it hitting the high-pitched notes.

At age of seven she beat kids from high school on school talent show with John Lennon ‘s song “Imagine”.

Since the first grade she was singing in school choir and, as a good girl, in choir at church.
As Beyoncé turned eight she become part of girls band with her friend Kelly Rowland. They took part in many competitions and participated in the largest talent show on national TV “Star Search”. They keep to perform.


At Beyonce’s fourteen her father left his job to manage the band. It made family income twice less, and her parents were forced to move into separated apartments. The band The band have not been successful with recording companies as it went. Her parents separated.

In autumn of the same year Grass Roots Entertainment signed the group. Next year the girls began recording their debut album under an agreement with Sony Music, the Knowles family reunited, and shortly after, the group got a contract with Columbia Records. After this Beyonce got into Destiny’s child and afterwards make her solo debut. And so on it goes.

In her pocket over 100 million records as a solo artist, a further 60 million with Destiny’s Child. She is one of the best-selling artist of all time.
She has 20 Grammy-Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award show’s history. Billboard named her the Top Radio Songs Artist of the Decade, the Top Female Artist of the 2000s (decade) and she received their Millennium Award.
Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world twice and Forbes one of the most powerful female musician.

“I wanted to sell a million records, and I sold a million records. I wanted to go platinum; I went platinum. I’ve been working nonstop since I was 15. I don’t even know how to chill out.”

It went many years since Beyonce was a kid and she was performing in the first time. She needs to take care about many things as adult person now. He need to cope with a way more than then. She has other songs now. But everyday she do what brings her joy: now and then. What she loves and what she do the best. She sings and she dances.

“My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.

I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.

If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” -Beyonce

It is very important to have common goals in your family. And by family I mean people, who you love and who loves you, who brings joy to you and you want to bring joy to them. So you are joined together and moving in one direction to what will make you happy.

I believe, when you say ‘love’ you think about who you love.

Who You Love

sal khan stanford interview

Sal Khan is an ex-graduate from MIT and holds a degree from Harvard business school. We get known about him from his videos with explanations of different school subjects.

From the start, he was helping to his cousin with math. And because he was good at explanation and his videos were easy to understand and it was just fun, others cousins also wanted to have a bit of the pie and get know more about the world of math, or know how to make their homework, or prepare for the school test. So he have got an account on YouTube.

After some time turned out that many others somebody else cousins and representatives of family tree were funs of his videos. And they were leaving a feedback.


Sal read everything what people were saying about him and his videos. And, of course, there was plenty of grateful for their homework pupils and students. But among people who watched his videos were also those who he helped and inspired to start or continue their education.
It made Sal even more inspired and devoted. Why stop when you helped a thousand if you can help a million? And he decided to work full-time on his educational mission.

That meant, anyways, he needed to left his job as financial analist and sit at home screening YouTube videos most of his time and, of course, this intention not met a positive feedback in his environment.

But his wife and his friends supported him in fulfilling this important educational mission that he believed he was capable of.

“If you are lucky enough to have a true equal, someone who fills you with joy and emotional contentment, with whom you have deep shared values, who respects you and loves you for your innate you-ness; no superficial, external failure or conflict can faze you.”

After some time as his videos were watched by more and more people and he’ve got a possibility to transform what he was doing into platform that we know now as ‘Khan Academy’.

And as a teacher he was not alone anymore. Helped to many, he get help from many other people who knew a lot in biology, history, art and so on. Those who have a knowledge and have an aspiration to share it with those who need it.

Now Khan academy is supported by community of teachers and graduates, who are ready to provide or edit content in different subjects, and empowered by the efforts of volunteers, who wants to provide translation in other than English languages, to make accessible gathered knowledge around the world.

“Our mission is to provide a free, world‑class education for anyone, anywhere.”
Khan Academy

So as by people who decided to devote their time, efforts and creativity to open the opportunities for others, now Khan Academy it is also supported by such educational and scientific institutions as NASA, MIT, The California Academy of Sciences and The Museum of Modern Art, who provide content for Khan Academy in the areas of knowledge they know the best. And this list keep growing.

Khan Academy channel on YouTube have more than 2.6 million subscribers and the Khan Academy’s videos have been viewed more than 840 million times.

In September 2010, Google provided $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable Khan Academy to translate its core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages. Also near that time, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation provided Khan Academy with $1.5 million to help Khan Academy to grow as an organization.


Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education and he was invited to speak at TED by Bill Gates who says he uses Khan Academy Exercise Software to teach his own children.

Khan was one of five individuals who recently won the prestigious 2014 Heinz Award. His award was in the area of “Human Condition.” Khan was recognized for revolutionizing the way students can learn math, science and other subject areas.

Salman Khan awarded Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest Civilian Award)

He has been featured on the The Colbert Report, National Public Radio, the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Public Broadcasting Service and CNN.

“Remember that real success is maximizing your internally derived happiness. It will not come from external status or money or praise. It will come from a feeling of contribution. A feeling that you are using your gifts in the best way possible.

Make people feel that you care about them. And here’s, a well, a little secret, the best way to do this is to actually care about them.

Make people feel that you are listening to them. Another little secret, the best way to do this is to actually listen.” – Sal

I believe, when you say ‘love’ you think about what you love.

What You Love

“What I like the most about track is the feeling I get after a good run.” Steve Prefontaine

Steve Prefontaine, later called by his fans just ‘Pre’, was an American professional runner, born in 1951 and died in 1975. Prefontaine was in Olympics and once held the American record in seven different distance track events from the 2000 meters to the 10000 meters.

Prefontaine became and is still staying an absolute legend who inspire many others athlets and followed by vast amount of people. Steve Prefontaine, with Jim Ryun, Frank Shorter, and Bill Rodgers provided a hight media coverage of their kind of sport thereby become the reason of the 1970s “running boom”

Prefontaine was running in middle and long distance and since school years he was a prominent runner.

First he was trained by Walt McClure, his high school coach, and after summer of training with him Steve went throught junior cross country season undefeated and obtained the state title. His talent was noticed by Bill Bowerman, who actually was trainer of Walt McClure before.


Bowerman is currently known for coaching winnery bringing athlets and with one of them, Phil Knight, he founded the ‘Nike’. During his career he coached 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 22 NCAA champions and 16 sub-4 minute milers. Team coached by him in the University of Oregon had been winning every season but one, got 4 NCAA titles and was put in the top 10 in the nation 16 times.

Prefontaine had plenty of invitations from many universities that wanted to recruite him in their team but in the end he went to the University of Oregon, because, as considered, of the letter that Bill Bowerman wrote him and where he wrote that he was certain: Prefontaine would become the world’s greatest distance runner if he decided to run at Oregon.

Under training of Bowerman Pre was winner in NCAA Cross Country Championships for three years.

He got only two defeats during his university years. Prefontaine was known as a very ambitious front runner, always pushing his possibilities to the limits. He had a very hight leg speed and

“I am going to work so that it’s a pure guts race. In the end, if it is, I’m the only one that can win it”. He become a local celebrity, people were shoting “Pre! Pre! Pre!” and it’s became a tradition at Hayward Field, a mecca for track and field in the USA. Fans wore T-shirts that with “LEGEND”, while those who supported other teams wore shirts with “STOP PRE” printed on a stop sign.

Pre set the American record in the 5000 meters at the 1972 Olympic Trials in Eugene on July 9.

In September of the same year he attented Olympics and came to finish 3rd and won bronze.

1974–1975 Pre trained hard for the next Olympics were going to be in Montreal in 1976.
He set a new American record in every 2,000 metre and 10,000 metre race that he entered.

He was heading to be best on the next Olympics. Prefontaine died in car crash accident, when after party were driving his friends home. He was 24 years old and didn’t get an opportunity to reattempt the Olympics again.

Oregon’s newspaper ‘Register-Guard’ called his death “the end of an era.” Words on his memorials, called “Pre’s Rock”:


For your dedication and loyalty
To your principles and beliefs…
For your love, warmth, and friendship
For your family and friends…
You are missed by so many
And you will never be forgotten…

As Pre said about his fans:

“I’ll tell you one thing. I love every one of them. I’ve thought about Olympic Games every day of my life since 1968, but there is a breaking point in each race when you wonder if all the sacrifice is really worth it. You think ‘why should I do this? I don’t have to run this hard.’ But that’s when I think about them. They keep me going.”

He was pictured in two biopics: “Prefontaine” (with Jared Leto) and “Without Limits” + documentary “Fire on the Track”.

“Some people create with words, or music, or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s style. It’s doing something better than everyone else. It’s being creative.”

I believe, when you say ‘love’ it means you don’t want to stop.

Never Stop Lovin’

Elon Musk

In his interview for Khan Academy Elon Musk was asked how he got to idea of SpaceX.

“When I was in college, I din’t actually expect to do it. So it was not like this is some long-fulfilled expectations. But … I thought about what were the areas that would most effect the future of humanity, in my opinion. And the three areas were the internet, suistainable energy, and space exploration.”

So even if Elon at first worked in company that was doing electric capacitors, eventually, first area, that he took advantage of, became Internet.

‘Confirmity’ was founded by Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Luke Nosek and Ken Howery in 1998 and was developing security software for handheld devices.
In 1995, Elon and his brother Kimbal with financial investment from their father started web software company Zip2 doing Internet city guides for the newspaper publishing industry. He obtained contracts with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. In 1999 Zip2 was acquired by Compaq for 307 million in cash and 34 million in stock. Musk received 22 million from the sale.

In 1999, Musk co-founded X.com, an online financial services and e-mail payment company with part of money that he have got from Zip2. In 2000 X.com merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer service called PayPal. The merged company focused on the PayPal service and was renamed PayPal in 2001. PayPal’s early growth was driven mainly by a viral marketing campaign where new customers were recruited when they received money through the service.

In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for 1.5 billion in stock, where Elon had 165 million. He became investor of Tesla Motors and, in the end, it’s CEO and product architect, and he obtain this position till now. SolarCity, that called to provide world with solar energy, is founded by his cousins and initially based on his idea. And he is founder of ‘SpaceX’, that produce rockets and spaceships in sake of colonisation of Mars.


The Falcon 1 was the first in the history privately-developed liquid-fuel launch vehicle to go into orbit around the Earth. It was designed by ‘SpaceX’ from the ground up. The vehicle was launched a total of five times. First three times the rockets fall down.

“A lot of times people think that creating a company is going to be fun. I would say it’s not really that fun. I mean there are periods of fun. And there are periods where it’s just awful. And, particularly, if you’re the CEO of the company, you have a distillation of all of the world problems in the company. There is no point on spending your time on things that are going right. So you’re only spending your time on things that are going wrong. And there are things that are going wrong that other people can’t take care of. So you have like the worst – you have a filter for the crappest problems in the company. The most pernitious and painful problem. So I think you have to feel quite compelled to do it. And have a fairly high pain threshold. There’s a friend of mine who says: “Starting company it’s like starring into abbyss and eating glass”.

And there’s some truth in that. The ‘staring into abyss part’ is you gonna be constantly facing be the extermination of the company. Because most start ups fail. It’s like 90% it could be 99% of start ups fail. So that’s ‘starting into abyss part’. You’re constantly saying: “OK, if I don’t get this right, the company will die”, which is can be quite stressful. And then ‘the eating glass part’: you’ve got to work on the problems that company needs you to work on and not the problems that you want to work on. And so you end up working on problems that you really wish you weren’t working on. So that’s the eating glass part. And that goes for a long time.” Elon Musk

Falcon 1 achieved orbit on its fourth attempt. Fifth launch was first SpaceX’s commercial launch and Falcon 1 successfully delivered a satellite to orbit.

If you believe in what you do: never stop.

We have an ability to feel joy from something that not happen yet. When this joy seems very far away it’s called dream. Dream is a short draft of reality but it lacks some details. It’s similar to read about unicorns in books and then finally have got ride on one of it. Completely different feeling.

Love is about joy, about support and cooperation as well is about sacrifice, hard work and pain. When you buy something means you want it more than you give instead. You give your time, your efforts and you risk. You get fun, satisfaction and you are happy. So it’s worth it. That’s what love is about.

Love, work hard and never stop.

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