To those who may not be doing well academically take heart, it does not mean that things will not turn for the better. Take the case of this Canadian who did not do particularly well in one academic subject.

His academic performance did not indicate his true potential. Mathew Corrin flunked his business class in college. He didn’t understand it and found it stressful.  He may have failed in the theoretical world, but in the real world, where it counts, he’s a story of success.

Corrin landed a job as the marketing manager for fashion legend Oscar de La Renta in New York City.  On his lunch breaks he went to the many “mom and pop” delis. The food served was far from healthy. This led him to create a business model that was scalable, branded and made people eat healthy food.  He wanted to provide healthy food that was convenient and affordable.

Armed with this idea he opened his first store in 2005 in Toronto which was an instant hit. Behind the success of this store is a story of trial and perseverance.  To begin with, in his first week of opening, the chef cut his finger. Upon seeing the blood, the kitchen manager fainted breaking his nose and to make matters worse, an employee changed employment status by stealing the store’s earnings turning him into a thief.  These initial setbacks did not stop Corrin from his objective of changing for the better, the way people eat.

Many of the lessons he learned was through mistakes made early on. The important thing was he learned and did better. Now his business Freshii, Inc. are in over 80 locations in North America, Austria, and as far as Dubai.

Aside from business success this endeavor also gave him success in his personal life. When his two injured employees were taken away for treatment, a female staff stepped in to help him in food preparation.  That staff is now his wife. It was truly a blessing in disguise.

So we may not be great in all the things we do, but we can find that special something that with a lot of hard work can take us to new heights.


Great businessmen have also allowed other individuals to get wealthy. By buying stocks in successful companies investors can become wealthy as well. The butter gets spread around.

Another approached that has been used is through franchising. It can be a win-win situation for the franchisee and the franchisor.  Instead of having to start your own business and learn by mistake, you can have a franchise and be shown how it’s done. For the one who created the franchise his business can grow without having to spend so much capital on growth.

The aging population in most developed countries has opened up business opportunities in the elderly care area. There are many privately run home for the aged all over America.  There is also a niche in taking care of senior citizens in their own homes. 

Steve Everhart recognized this niche and has parlayed this knowledge into a franchise business. It all started when Everhart was looking at the different care options for his grandmother.  He then realized the difficulties involved in elderly care and decided to put up his own business based on his belief of how it should be done.

The Senior’s Choice Inc. was founded in 1999 and is reputed to be the nation’s largest network of independent senior care companies.  It also has franchises outside the U.S. This is a non-medical senior care business that you can start. It provides meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminder, and other services for the elderly and other individuals so they can continue living independenly in their own homes.

Like other franchises it has it requirements; it’s something worth considering.

Business leader and entrepreneur Danny Shabat grew up in Washington, D.C., until his mid-teens, when his family moved to New York. He studied at Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, attended Brooklyn College, and worked in the catering business and for the New York Telephone Company. In 1975, Danny Shabat married, moving to Chicago two years later. He secured employment in the nursing home industry, subsequently purchasing Royal Gardens, Diplomat, and Senn Park nursing homes.

Not content with the status quo, Danny Shabat transformed the properties. He even changed the name of Royal Gardens twice until he found satisfaction with The Waterford, A Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre. The entrepreneur also changed the name of the Senn Park facility to Heritage Nursing Home, Inc. The more successful these enterprises became, the more companies he purchased or invested in, included related businesses such as LifeCare Ambulances; LifeScan Laboratory, Inc.; and PharMore Drugs LLC. Danny Shabat has since sold LifeCare Ambulances.

LifeScan Laboratory, Inc., established in 1996, offers personalized service focusing on patient care. Maintaining high standards, the professional, friendly staff offers a comprehensive range of laboratory services. The company’s extensive quality assurance program ensures the most precise and accurate testing results. Under Danny Shabat’s ownership, representatives of LifeScan Laboratory remains available to address any needs of customers 24 hours a day, every day.

Danny Shabat also invested in Micro Innovations Corp., which manufactures and sells a number of computer-related products, including keyboards, mobile accessories, web cameras, multimedia speakers, headsets, and microphones. Based in Edison, New Jersey, the company also provides manuals, technical data, and support services. Danny Shabat’s additional business interests include Daas Management, DSFA Inc., and SFMA Inc. He serves on the Boards of Directors of the Wisconsin Institute for Torah Study and Helping Hands.