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The Rock
Dwayne Johnson
Gender: Male
Focus: Entertainer
Reason: Demon-Fighter
Story:

Tears from a Rock

I recently saw a Yahoo article that was originally published in the June 27th issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine: “The Drive (and Despair) of The Rock: Dwayne Johnson on His Depression . . .


Kevin Plank with UA logo
Kevin Plank
Gender: Male
Focus: Entrepreneur
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

Literally sick of sweat, Kevin Plank turned his desire for non-sticky athletic T-shirts into the well-known multi-billion dollar athletic apparel company, Under Armour.



Elmo Shropshire
Gender: Male
Focus: Entertainer
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

What are the chances of a practicing veterinarian / hobbyist musician making a hit song that gets regular air time continually for 30 years? You know of at least one. Yes, you do. In 1979 Elmo Shropshire, an amateur bluegrass singer paid a few hundred dollars to record a song written by his associate Randy Brooks and somehow got it aired on a San Francisco radio station. It took a few years, and about a $40,000 investment in himself, by himself, but eventually his song sold 10,000,000 copies.



Eli Reich
Gender: Male
Focus: Entrepreneur
Reason: Creative Solution-izer
Story:

Eli Reich turned a misfortunate incident into a small fortune. When his bike bag was stolen, instead of buying a replacement he made one from the rubber of blown-out bicycle tubes. He added reflective strips for safety, and a few friends of his asked for bags for themselves. And then the friends’ friends asked for bags . . . and Alchemy Goods was born.



Joe and Alison Elder
Gender: Couple or Team
Focus: Creator
Reason: Smile-ify'er
Story:

While Joe and Alison Elder were sailing with friends among the islands of the Caribbean in the early 1990’s, they visited – as sailors are wont to do – many of the local bars, including the world-famous Pusser’s (makers of rum for the British Navy since 1655) in Tortolla and Marina Cay. That’s not noteworthy at all, except Joe and Alison were less enamored of the rum drinks (Pusser’s has a famous one called a Painkiller) than they were of the nautical decorations.


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