Richard Branson famously sold Christmas trees and magazines in his teen years before founding the Virgin Group and making his billions. Elon Musk coded his own video game at age 12. Warren Buffett peddled chewing gum door to door when he was only 6.
Everyone has to start somewhere.
Last Thursday, a Twitter user named @mariancall asked her followers, “What were your first seven jobs?” She was soon inundated with mentions, as several celebrities, from Buzz Aldrin to Stephen Colbert, shared their first gigs. Aldrin, one of the first two men to set foot on the moon, started as a dishwasher. Colbert, who’s hosted two eponymous talk shows, was once a busboy and even a futon salesman. Many business executives and entrepreneurs also tweeted their career trajectories.
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If you dream of wild success but are slogging away to save up in the interim, let the early resumes of these founders and CEOs inspire you.
— Debra Sterling (@debbieblox) August 7, 2016
Snow shoveling— Jeff Weiner (@jeffweiner) August 7, 2016
Biz ops intern
Consulting analyst #firstsevenjobs
Cafe hand— Kate Kendall (@KateKendall) August 7, 2016
Marketing director #firstsevenjobs
#firstsevenjobs 1) House painter's assistant 2) Construction worker 3) Office janitor 4) Newspaper design intern (3x) 7) Entrepreneur— Ben Huh (@benhuh) August 7, 2016
Dishwasher— Andrew Cohen (@acohenNY) August 6, 2016
EdTech Entrepreneur #FirstSevenJobs
#firstsevenjobs— Paul Graham (@paulg) August 7, 2016
scooping ice cream
working in a library
#firstsevenjobs— Ellen Pao (@ekp) August 6, 2016
Math book editor
failed entrepreneur— Kashyap Deorah (@righthalf) August 7, 2016
intl biz dev
ceo of acquiring co #firstsevenjobs