You’ve heard of their strong backhands, exciting free throw shots, roles in movies, and talent on stage. What’s often forgotten is that celebrities partake in the everyday business world, too. Celebs are constantly in the spotlight, so it seems like we’ve heard all there is to know about them. That notion leads us to forget that out of the spotlight, they’re normal people taking chances and building a life for themselves. Most importantly, though, they’re proving that everyone is an entrepreneur in their own way, inspiring others to embrace the entrepreneurial lifestyle they’re fully capable of. Here are a few who are proving this powerful point!
Venus Williams is successful on and off the court. She’s known as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, but she also wins in business. She is the visionary and CEO behind EleVan, an athletic clothing line, and V-Starr Interiors, an interior design firm. From sports to entrepreneurship, Williams has created a competitive and work-hard lifestyle. She’s revealed several secrets to her success that work in any field, including the importance of maintaining a winning attitude, remembering that losses only make you better, and the necessity of having the mindset of a champion. Based on her numerous achievements, it’s safe to say that following Williams’ advice can only help.
Los Angeles Lakers’ star Magic Johnson has been making impressive moves while overcoming serious obstacles. He’s a basketball legend, but he’s also a businessman. He’s the CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, a billion-dollar conglomerate; Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, which helps high school dropouts receive diplomas; and Clear Health Alliance, a provider of health-care to HIV/AIDS patients. Johnson’s inspiring resume includes providing help and simultaneously making money. He stresses the significance of being surrounded by great people, stating in a previous interview with Inc. Magazine, “When you are a successful business person, you are only as good as your team.”
Reese Witherspoon is adored for her popular film roles, but she’s making more than movies. She has also found her way into entrepreneurship with Draper James, a lifestyle brand inspired by her Southern heritage. The company recently launched its website last May and has just opened its first retail store. Being a Southern girl, Witherspoon carries close emotional ties to the style and products of Draper James. She acts as a hands-on businesswoman, fully involving herself in the brand. Witherspoon wants to empower women, which includes providing economic and financial education. Purpose, ambition, support, charity, and grit are the leading qualities that she highlights in harnessing your own power.
Justin Timberlake is famous for many things—businessman can be added to that list. He’s made many previous investments, some successful and some not. Timberlake’s ventures range from tequila, to BBQ restaurants, to tech startups like Miso Media, Stipple, and AfterMaster. However, he does more than investing – he has created his own businesses. Examples include his own record label, Tennman Records, and the William Rast clothing line he co-founded that’s sold at Bloomingdales. This pop star slash entrepreneur doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Timberlake believes that it’s important to continuously try new things, rather than doing the same over and over again, and it’s something that’s universally applicable, not just to celebrities.