Over 40 years ago former President Barack Obama was a 16-year-old teenager scooping ice cream at Baskin-Robbins. He had no idea he would eventually be elected as the United States’ first African American president. Like the former president, every successful person in the world began somewhere. Taking a look at the success stories of those who have come before us can inspire us to push harder to achieve our dreams.
We have previously featured Sara Blakely, the founder of the shapewear company, Spanx. Before she stumbled on her idea for footless stockings, which became the cornerstone of Spanx, Sara worked a number of odd jobs. She worked as a ride operator at Disneyworld. Then worked selling fax machines and office copier for office-supply company Danka Business Systems in Atlanta, Georgia. At night, she worked on Spanx, which started due to her need for a body shaping pantyhose that she could wear with pants and sandals. Today, Spanx has become the generic term for compression fabric shapewear. You can get Spanx from select retailers such as Macy’s.
If you’re frustrated with your career journey or are just looking for some inspiration, be encouraged by the simple first jobs of some of the highest-achieving individuals in the world from Resume-Now. You never know where your path will take you next.