Frank Hornby (1863-1936) was an archetypal British success story.
From modest beginnings, with no real schooling, by his mid-thirties Hornby had still achieved nothing especially notable in his career. Working as a clerk in a meat-packing factory and married with children, Hornby was a solid employee with no obvious signs of ambition.
Thirty years later, Hornby had risen to become a Member of Parliament and a millionaire industrialist with a huge factory and international offshoot companies, and was being driven to work in a chauffeur-driven car.
The secret of his success was a toy called Meccano.