Life always seem to have everything figured out for you as long as you trust the process and never give up. Even when some people lose all hope on you at a very early point, it’s uplifting to know that the ones who really care will eventually find their way to you.
When his mother abandoned him in a dumpster as soon as he was born, Freddie Figgers could not have imagined his life would take a drastic turn to where it is now.
A passer-by found him and called the police, and young Freddie had to be hospitalized for 2 days due to minor injuries. Fortunately, that’s all the time it took for Nathan and Betty Figgers to welcome him into their forever family.
Now, 30 years later, Freddie is the CEO of Figgers Communication, a staggering $62 million technology and invention company. He is an entrepreneur, inventor and a philanthropist hailing from Florida.
The turning point in Freddie’s life appeared when he was just 9. His father came home bearing a second-hand computer, asking Freddie to fix it. What started off as a distraction to keep him away from trouble ended up paving way for his innovations.
At the age of 15, Freddie was already managing a cloud computing company, Figgers Computers, all on his own. Two years down the road and he had 150 customers with demand for website and storage space.
When his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he invented a shoe with built-in GPS tracker that caters for two way communication.
“I could pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey dad, where are you at?’ and he doesn’t have to do anything, just lean down and talk into his shoe and I can track his location. That program was very successful and I had a company reach out to me out of Kansas and they bought the program from me for $2.2 million,” Freddie shared with Inspire More.
Though now he was a successful individual, he recalls being discriminated when he was young. He was constantly called ‘dumpster baby’ when his classmates found out that he was abandoned in the trash bin by his mother.
“Because it is a rural place, as long as something happens, people in the entire area will know. My adoptive father and mother told me the truth after the incident, and I have to say that I felt very embarrassed when I was young,” he said.
Freddie had built and designed 80 custom software programs by the time he was 24. Knowing that now he has more than he can ever afford, Freddie began giving back to his community.
He helps the young and elderly by offering college scholarships and paying bills, sponsoring youth programs and aids in home bails in foreclosure.
“I believe turning caring into action, and if you see a problem find a solution to deliver an impact to change someone’s life,” Figgers said to the media. “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,” Freddie explains as reported by BoredPanda.
Freddie Figgers is the prime example that when one door closes on you, another better one opens. All you’ve got to do is walk through it with strong will and determination, but staying grounded and humble at the same time.