LESSONS FROM FORMER JOBS OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE
You’ve heard it takes less than a college education or an MBA degree to start and grow a successful business.
What you probably didn’t know was that some of the world’s most successful people started off scraping the bottom and living off unglamorous jobs.
From salesmen to dishwashers and even janitors, our mega corporate founders realised the same thing you will learn today.
We all start somewhere
You may have a remarkable idea and smart business plan now, but you’re stuck working a 9-to-5 that seems to head nowhere. And you spend the day wondering if, when, how you will ever get beyond this point to doing your own thing.
Does your future look bleak and frustrating?
Don’t lose faith yet.
Working your way to the top might seem a terrible experience for the moment, but in hindsight you’ll find that some of the greatest lessons come from them.
Hard work matters
Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo said her greatest lesson—working quickly—came from her time as a checkout clerk, “I learned that speed mattered—the only way to be eligible to work an Express Lane was to do 40 items per minute consistently over an 8-hour shift.”
Value what you create
The best part was the wisdom of the restaurant owner, says Michael Dell, founder of Dell who worked as a dish washer in a Chinese restaurant. He took great pride in his work and cared about every customer who came through his door.
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And as you’ll find out from Jeffrey Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, although school comes with its perks, nothing beats being on the grind and learning by observation and practice.
You learn a lot as a teenager working at Mcdonald’s. It’s different from what you learn in school. Don’t underestimate the value of that.
What makes you stand out is your ability to keep an eye on the vision and learn as much as possible from where you are today.
Can success be predicted?
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