The secret of success? It’s not about who you are or what circumstances you were born into. It’s about what you do with the limited time you’ve been given to live.
This seems more precise than ever when we consider the inspiring story of how an abandoned child grew up to become a successful entrepreneur, inventor and philanthropist.
Freddie Figgers, 29, was abandoned in a damper at birth and was adopted by two loving parents, Nathan and Betty Figgers, while he was just two days old. But he didn’t let his rough beginning define him.
He’s now the founder and CEO of Figgers Wireless, a telecommunication company currently valued at $62.3 million. He also owns other firms such as FiggCash and Figgers Health.
From a young age, Freddie had a knack for tinkering and proved to be surprisingly intelligent for a little boy.
At nine, he got his first computer, which was broken when he received it. But he figured out how to make it fully operational. And that was the beginning of his innovative future.
Later (still as a child), after learning that his dad had had Alzheimer’s, he invented a shoe that had a GPS tracker for him and a two-way communicator that he sold for $2.2 million.
Freddie got his first job at the age of 12 as a computer technician, and by age 15, he had already started his own cloud computing services.
The idea came to him when an Alabama car dealership lost all their customers’ data after a tornado hit. To prevent this from happening again, Freddie helped them back up their information on a remote server, from his own backyard.
Soon after, Freddie became the youngest person worldwide to hold an FCC license, which allowed him to launch his own cell phone company, Figgers Wireless. The firm manufactures its own 4G LTE and soon 5G VLOTE smartphones. It also offers its own talk, text and data plans.
The company has also created a cell phone that has a built-in wireless blood glucose meter for people with diabetes.
Freddie’s success isn’t about money. It’s all about creating a better world to live in.
He said in a recent interview:
“I believe turning caring into action, and if you see a problem, find a solution to deliver an impact to change someone’s life.”
“I’m going to impact this world and change today for a better tomorrow because money is nothing but a tool, but with that tool, we can impact and change everyday people’s lives with opportunities.”