Marcio Alaor has improved upon and lead his company for several years. His financial group, the BMG bank was founded by his grandfather years before Alaor was born. The group had small beginnings and grew organically, and has remained in the control of a family member since its inception. Marcio Alaor’s business success differs from the success of David Neelman mainly due to the preparation each man received with relation to their future companies. As the heir to a family business, Marcio Alaor knew from an early age that when he reached maturity, he would be expected to take a leadership position in his family’s financial group. With that expectation in mind, he gradually prepared himself for the position by becoming employed with a financial group at an early age in order to “learn the ropes” and become adequately prepared to be an executive in the company. Upon maturity, Alaor earned the leadership position in his family’s business.
David Neelman, in contrast to Marcio Alaor, had no intentions of becoming the leader of a business when he first decided to venture into the world of the traveling industry. After taking a job with an traveling airline company, Neelman gained knowledge about consumer practices and relationships that few groomed executives will ever receive. As a former employee of the type of business he eventually launched himself, he was able to clearly view and respond to the needs and desires of his passengers. Later, after years of working directly with airline passengers, Neelman began to develop companies and tools that catered specifically to the airline passengers in a way that had not been done before. This caused his airline company to flourish and prosper rapidly. Because he was not specifically groomed for leadership in the way Alaor was, he may not have been as thoroughly prepared to lead from an executive’s point of view, but his advantage came through his expert knowledge of the travel industry in general, as well as his knowledge and skill of detecting consumer needs. Though these businessmen came from different backgrounds and embraced different goals, they have both established successful and lucrative companies and led these companies to be the top company in their specific industries. The history of these companies reveals that there are several paths to progress and prosperity. While there are many paths to choose from, all paths require labor and sacrifice.