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After watching "The Social Network", a movie about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, I had a productivity spike as it inspired me to learn many different languages and software. That spike has been deteriorating somewhat and I don't feel like watching the movie all over again so I was wondering if anybody had any other similar success stories/links/articles/whatever. Mainly about successes that started for people in college.

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If you are looking for motivation you are in the wrong profession. Motivation comes free when you find the career that aligns with your true interests. (Not what you are pretending to be interested in.) –  Chris Feb 1 '11 at 19:09

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Google, Apple, Microsoft, Twitter were all founded either completely, or partially, by college students. The founders have had biographies written about them, and the stories of the companies have been told multiple times - see some examples below:

http://www.amazon.com/Google-Story-David-Vise/dp/055380457X

http://www.silicon-valley-story.de/sv/apple.html

Beyond just programming, there are lots of people who can serve as models for success - check out Tim Ferris and his blog, for example, or check out these stories listing young millionaires:

http://www.entrepreneur.com/youngmillionaires

http://smallbusiness.aol.com/2010/05/27/meet-the-new-young-millionaires/

If you're looking for motivating stories, there is a plethora of them. You might want to also ask this question on the startup stackexchange site http://answers.onstartups.com/

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Not exactly software related. But Michael Dell started building computers in college and the company grew from there.

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