Contrary to popular belief, many famous people with prestigious careers and lavish lifestyles weren’t always so successful. In fact, many started their professional journeys working in entry-level jobs that people often try to avoid. Whether you’re a well-known millionaire, famous television personality, or company CEO, your journey has to start somewhere. Here’s three famous people that went from entry-level to everybody knows them.
Decades before he became known as the multi-billion dollar master of real estate developments, Donald Trump’s first job had absolutely nothing to do with luxurious buildings that had his name on them.
The man who would eventually become known for firing celebrities on national television actually worked alongside his brother collecting soda bottles. Donald’s father, Fred Trump, was already a successful real estate developer who would eventually teach his son the tricks of the trade; however, he wanted to make sure that his son had a humble start in an entry-level job. As Donald got older, he then assisted collecting rent from his father’s tenants each month. This helped him establish a sense of professionalism and understanding of business at a young age.
Learning these skills at such a young age allowed Trump to grow into an effective protégé as well as an apprentice.Oprah Winfrey
Her name is easily associated with the multi-billion dollar media empire she has successfully constructed from the ground up over the past several decades, including her production company, magazine distribution, and her own successful network. However, Oprah did not start off with an entry-level job search in the media industry or even a high-end college graduate job. Her first job was working in a corner grocery store near her father’s barbershop in Nashville, Tennessee.
Even from these humble beginnings, however, Oprah’s childhood dreams of hosting her own talk show drove her to use that job as a building block towards getting her exposed to the world. She was hired by a local radio station to for a part-time news job that led to her becoming the first black woman to anchor the news at WLAC-TV in Nashville.
Over the next several years, she continued to move up the media ladder by receiving more and more prestigious anchoring positions with popular stations. She then relocated to Chicago to host what would soon become known as the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986.Michael Dell
Michael Dell is known today as the founder, chairman, and CEO of Dell, an international multi-billion dollar computer company that he built from the ground up. Even though his last name is the brand that is engraved in millions of desktop cases and a wide range of high-end technology around the world, his first entry-level job search had nothing to do with computers.
As a preteen, Michael worked as a restaurant dishwasher and later became a telemarketer in high school, selling subscriptions for the local newspaper via cold calls. Several years later, he even dropped out of college. Little did he or others realize that he would soon become a successful billionaire and industry leader.
Dell is one of thousands of people who used the skills he learned in his younger years to build the foundation for his future Fortune 500 Company right in his dorm room. In an ironic twist of events, now the company built by this college dropout is able to offer thousands of entry-level jobs to college graduates. Not bad for a guy who started building a company from the ground up!Sean Little on Google Plus