Some of the world’s best known entrepreneurs had surprising and fascinating first jobs, writes Jason Nazar, co-founder and CEO of Docstoc.com, in this post for Business Insider.
The list of entrepreneurs with modest first occupations includes at least one late bloomer: Henry Ford, who was around 40 when he launched the Ford Motor Company. At age 15, Ford started repairing watches when he received one from his father as a gift. After the young Ford took apart and reassembled his new time piece, it didn’t take long for him to establish a reputation as the local watch repairman.
Here are a few other famous entrepreneurs and their first jobs:
Warren Buffet: Chewing gum salesman and newspaper boy
Oprah Winfrey: Grocery store clerk
Walt Disney: Ambulance driver
Michael Bloomberg: Parking lot attendant
Andrew Carnegie: Bobbin boy at a cotton mill
As Nazar points out, “there are many journeys to success, and numerous life stories to prove it.” Some entrepreneurs go to business school. Others follow an unconventional path. Those who don’t start businesses until later in life often fall into the latter category.
And you know what? That’s perfectly okay.