Freddie Figgers – The Abandoned Boy Who Became The Owner Of A Million-Dollar Telecommunications Company

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Freddie Figgers – The Abandoned Boy Who Became The Owner Of A Million-Dollar Telecommunications Company

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Freddie Figgers – The Abandoned Boy Who Became The Owner Of A Million-Dollar Telecommunications Company

Freddie Figgers

Someone once said: Being born poor is not your fault, but dying poor is definitely your fault. While this is not a statement many people subscribe too, if we talk about the richness of a heart,  then we can definitely say that this statement is true. For Freddie Figgers, his poor birth had little effect on his potential to become rich in spirit. Eventually, he became a man who had a golden heart and even rich materialistically – though he put his rich heart forward.

Freddie was left in a dumpster when he was born. Nathan and Betty Figgers adopted him from the dump when they found this little kid there. While sympathy may have motivated them to take up this kid, something else awed them. This kid was intelligent. Freddie liked to tinker with a lot of things – he showed curiosity from a young age. When he was just 9, his parents bought him a computer. The thing was not working but Freddie was not willing to leave his first computer in that manner. He tried to fix it up and he did too. At 12, he became a computer technician.

Freddie Figgers

But Freddie’s genius started to shine when he was 15. Freddie Figgers started his cloud computing services. As is said, necessity is the mother of all creation. When a tornado hit the area, an Alabama car dealership had all their records deleted. Freddie wanted to help preserve their future records and so he made a backup server where all information was stored, in his backyard.

However, Freddie did not just stop there. His father, Nathan, had Alzheimer’s and there was always a risk of his memory failing. He could have gotten lost at any time. So, Freddie Figgers developed a special shoe that acted both as a GPS and a two-way communicator. If Freddie called and asked his dad where he was, he could just bend and talk to his shoe. The GPS would get activated and start tracking Nathan. The program was a success and a Kansas company bought it – for 2.2 million dollars!

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With the money, Freddie Figgers started a telecommunications firm called Figgers Communications. Well, it may have been started in a small way but soon, the company grew and now it has a value that goes above 62 million dollars. It is one of a kind company and only a few companies in the U.S. which is owned by a minority. Freddie Figgers is a strong supporter of anti-texting while driving and he has developed software that ensures that. Many newspapers have sent out praises to Freddie Figgers for the development of this product. That’s not all – Freddie has a way to help people and so, he developed a cell phone which had a wireless blood glucose meter. This meter could help track the sugar levels of diabetics. Many newspapers rightly called this device a lifesaver.

Freddie Figgers

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Freddie may have started small but his intelligence and will-power kept him going and growing. Even as a minority, he has become quite a wealthy person. But for Freddie Figgers, the wealth is not something attractive. What he had always wanted to do was to help people and at this young age, he is getting a lot of success in the area. Freddie wants to make a positive impact on the world. However, unlike idealistic people, he knows that money is required for that. He is intelligent to know that money is nothing other than a tool and he wants to use this tool to change the lives of others.

And in the process, he is going to change his own life. 

All of us have the power to change someone’s life. It is only if we move out of our own mental space of selfishness and think about others that we can become this generous. Freddie Figgers is a true inspiration for both the young and the old.

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