I just finished a biography of Ted Turner's life.
The man behind CNN is a brilliant visionary. He helped create the cable information industry as we know it.
Turner has sometimes gone through hell, an aspect of his life that few people know. His father severely beat him and mistreated him emotionally. Finally, his father decided to kill himself because of his mental demons.
The billionaire proves that you can move back and forth in the face of adversity. You can become a victim or a winner.
He made adversity a springboard
After suffering severe physical and mental abuse for years and suffering from his father's suicide, Turner himself became suicidal. He was a severe manic depressive who experienced the highest ups and downs.
Rather than the courier in his life, he was able to transform these energies into a tremendous momentum that created the titan that he is today. He turned his obstacles into springboards.
He is confident and impetuous
Turner didn't care what others said or thought. He was maniacal about reaching his goals and he was not afraid to tell people what he was going to do before he did it.
Some might call his arrogance of attitude, others a supreme level of confidence. To achieve billionaire status, you have to believe in yourself so deeply that you ignore anyone or anything who suggests that you cannot become world famous. Some may develop their thicker skin in a more humble way, but I cannot dispute its results.
He always innovates
Notice how billionaires are constantly coming up with ideas to change the world? This is why they are billionaires; they are less concerned with money and more concerned with creating.
Turner owns the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks and is frequently involved in environmental causes. The grass does not grow under his feet.
I like to read about the lives of successful people before I "succeed". As my girlfriend strongly noted, the general public looks at successful people as a different species, but many of these people have endured hardships and tribulations like each of us, or in many cases worse. Ted Turner's biography mentioned Abraham Lincoln and a handful of other creative geniuses who were probably severely manic depressed like TT.