Mom: An Entrepreneur's Secret to Success

Of course a mother's impact extends to business. We asked 10 renowned entrepreneurs, from Richard Branson to Bobbi Brown, to get specific

Richard Branson's parents told him to never criticize anyone. He still tries to apply that rule at Virgin Group. When Bobbi Brown was struggling to decide what to do with her life, her mother suggested a mental exercise that lead to the creation of her eponymous cosmetics business, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. Napoleon Barragan, founder of 1-800-Mattress, remembers his mother washing his family's clothes by hand in the river, an image that inspired his drive to succeed.

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