Lush

Few people know that LUSH, a well-recognized and global brand for cosmetic products, was born out of a bankruptcy. Behind LUSH’s success is a team of six founders, but the driving force and central figure is Mark Costantine. When he was 16 years old, Mark was thrown out of his home after fight with his mother and stepfather.  He slept on his friends’ couches when he could, and on the streets the other times. From these experiences, he learned how to be resilient in the face of adversity. In his early twenties, Mark developed a line of natural, cruelty-free and non-processed products. They were so well received that he founded his first natural product company but it quickly failed due to poor planning and preparation. Not discouraged by this failure, Mark embarked on an even bigger challenge: to found LUSH and "to change, to challenge the rules of the game". Today, LUSH is a global business with more than 15,000 employees and 931 stores. The Secret of Mark's Success? "Think that work can change your life and always think you can make a difference." #StoryoftheDay