For the vast majority of us, life on this planet begins with being born into a loving family. But for Freddie Figgers, founder and CEO of a multimillion-dollar company, it is not. Everything about his story is extraordinary.
The life didn’t start out very well for Figgers. He was abandoned by his birth mother near a dumpster when he was a newborn because she didn’t want him, according to The Western Journal.
Luckily, a couple named Nathan and Betty Figgers, opened up their home to the little boy as adoptive parents, giving him all the love and support he needed.
As per an article on his website, Figgers said, “It’s amazing that you can meet people like that, and till this day, I have never met my biological parents. I have never had the interest.”
He grew up to be a curious boy who loved to tinker with computers. At 9, he had started disassembling and reassembling a 1989 computer his father had given him.
And Figgers got his first job as a computer technician at the age of 12. Then, by age 15, he started to develop a cloud database in his own backyard and became his own boss.
His first job in this field came after he helped a car dealership back up their information on a remote server after they had previously lost all their customer files in a tornado, InspireMore reported.
However, one of Freddie’s proudest innovations was the special shoe he created for his adoptive father, who had Alzheimer’s. He created a device to insert into his father’s shoe, which would serve as both a GPS tracker and a two-way communicator. So, he was able to both locate and talk to his dad at any time.
The now-30-year-old sold that idea to a company for $2.2 million and used the money to start Figgers Communications, a telecommunications firm now valued at over $62 million. It’s also the only minority-owned company of its kind in the United States.
Freddie has already made headlines with his company’s anti-texting and driving software. He’s also created a cellphone with a built-in wireless blood glucose meter for people with diabetes.
No matter how successful Figgers became, he always gave back to the community.
Figgers is an active role-model in his community. He invested in the education of others, and as a back-to-school initiative, he donated the computers to Sarasota Military Academy.
To Freddie, his success is not about the money. It’s 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’s lives with opportunities.”
The story of Freddie Figgers proved that to achieve success is not about who we were born into that it depends on our diligence and hard work.