3. Henry Ford
While you might not love your daily commute, you should still thank Henry Ford for making it, and many other forms of modern transportation, possible. After watching his first automobile business go bankrupt in a year, he easily could have quit, or at least tried to break into another industry. But he trusted his ideas enough to believe in them when no one else did. Finally, in 1903, he manufactured success in the Model A and then, most famously, the Model T in 1908.
Besides being the father of modern transportation, he also invented the modern assembly line. Though his long business career was filled with both successes and failures, he met each one with the resilience he’d taught himself from the very beginning.