It’s always amazing to hear how some of the world’s most successful individuals had to bounce back from immense failures.
Nick Woodman, for instance, had to fail with his first venture, a marketing company called Funbag, before making it to Forbes’ list of Billionaires over 10 years later off the back of his newest enterprise, GoPro.
Bill Gates’ first crack at entrepreneurship wasn’t a raging success either. Today, not many people even know what Traf-O-Data is, mainly because Microsoft overwhelmingly overshadows Gates’ first enterprise.
Even Walt Disney failed as a newspaper artist before going on to create, well, Walt Disney.
All of these men have gone on to head billionaire-dollar companies. And, yet, none have gone on to experience success as quickly as 15-year old Madison Robinson.
Robinson is the teenage brain behind Fish Flops for Kids, the sandal brand that has become a sensation among seemingly anyone who has heard about it.
In 2011 after her first showing at a trade show, Robinson received 30 orders for her flip-flops, according to Yahoo!.
In 2012, she sold more than 60,000 pairs, which had retail sales topping $1 million.
Today, her products sell at 60 Nordstrom stores in addition to other stores nationwide as a result of a pitch letter she sent to the giant retail chain.
Her greatest accomplishments, however, may come in philanthropy — another area in which she has found success at a pace that beats other famous entrepreneurs.
Through Fish Flops, she has been able to make charitable gestures toward the children of fallen American soldiers, the Houston Community shoe drive and Texas Children’s Hospital, demonstrating that her knack for helping others is as good as her ability to draw profit.
Whether it’s through philanthropy or business, though, Madison Robinson has shown that it’s never too early to achieve greatness.