Baby abandoned near dumpster is now the head of a company worth over $62 million
Our starting point in life doesn’t dictate our ultimate destination. All of us have the ability to achieve success through perseverance.
There aren’t many people who understand this better than Freddie Figgers. Not long after he was born, his mother abandoned him, leaving the baby by a dumpster. Bu Freddie did not let his unfortunate beginnings define him. As a matter of fact, he has become a great role model for success at 29-years-old.
Freddie was adopted by Betty and Nathan Figgers, whose unconditional love and support helped shape what he is today.
Freddie developed a strong interest in tinkering when he was a child, and proved to be incredibly intelligent for a boy his age.
When he was 9 he received his first computer. It was faulty, but that did not discourage Freddie. He repaired it by himself and got a job as a computer technician at 12.
At 15, Freddie started his very own cloud computing services.
He came up with the idea after a car dealership in Alabama lost all their customer files to a devastating tornado.
In order to prevent any similar situations in the future, Freddie helped them by backing up their information on a remote server, which he ran from his backyard.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
One of the inventions Freddie is most proud of is a custom-made shoe he crafted for hid dad, Nathan.
Nathan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when Freddie was still a child. He started losing his memory, but his boy came up with a great way to keep him out of harm’s reach. Freddie created a GPS tracker and a two-way communicator which he placed in his father’s shoe.
“I could pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey dad, where are you at?’ and he doesn’t have to do anything, just lean down and talk into his shoe and I can track his location,” Freddie said. “That program was very successful and I had a company reach out to me out of Kansas and they bought the program from me for $2.2 million.”
Freddie used his earnings to start Figgers Communications, a telecommunications company currently worth more than $62 million.
It is also the only company of this kind owned by an African-American in the U.S. Freddie has already made headlines with his company’s driving and anti-texting software.
In addition, he has developed a cell phone with a built-in wireless blood glucose meter for people with diabetes.
Freddie believes success is not about money. It is about creating a better world.
“I believe turning caring into action, and if you see a problem find a solution to deliver an impact to change someone’s life,” Freddie said. “I’m going to impact this world and change today for a better tomorrow, because money is nothing but a tool, but with that tool we can impact and change everyday people lives with opportunities.”
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