You don't become a billionaire and titan of industry by going with the flow. Those who dream big often have to do it alone. It's not that the world is against them, it's the fact that their visions are so grand the world can't wrap its collective head around what they're doing until it's accomplished.
Take the founder of FedEx.
Frederick W. Smith, president of Federal Express, in a photo from September 25, 1976. (Commercial Appeal files)FedEx
Fred Smith is the founder and CEO of FedEx. Smith's first foray into what would become FedEx, air to ground transport, was as an undergrad at Yale. He wrote an underwhelmingly received paper on overnight parcel delivery in the computer age, an out-of-the-blue concept at the time.
After his graduation in 1966, he commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and served two tours in Vietnam, one as an infantry officer and one as a forward air controller. It was in Vietnam that he personally witnessed the power of the military's logistics operations -- utilizing air to transport personnel and equipment on a massive scale. And when he left Vietnam, he took these lessons with him.
Frederick W Smith in the MarinesDept. Of Defense
In 1970, a year after his honorable discharge, including a Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Heart medals, Smith purchased the controlling interest in Ark Aviation Sales and a year later had founded Federal Express, which started service to 25 cities with a small fleet of jets.
As of 2017, FedEx has an annual revenue of $60 billion dollars. It was the company that introduced the world to overnight delivery, and Fred Smith was the one who made it happen.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.