Nobody starts at the top. Unless, of course, they come from a wealthy and connected family, and they get to bypass all the life lessons on the road to success.
Nearly everyone else starts off somewhere near the bottom.
There are a lot of factors that determine how successful one will become. Research published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior found the biggest predictor of success is emotional intelligence. Interpersonal competence, self-awareness, and social awareness are the best predictors of long-term success.
People have been sharing how they’ve progressed in their careers on Twitter under #firstsevenjobs. A group of highly-successful celebrities chimed in, showing how they started in low-paying jobs such as a dishwasher or car-detailer before, ultimately, becoming rich and famous.
Before he knew the world was hungry for people rapping about states’ rights and the Compromise of 1790, “Hamilton” creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, operated a slushie machine.
#first7jobs Slushee machine at my aunt's store Intern for WNET McD's...register Data entry Drawing 1 model Community paper writer Teacher— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin-Manuel Miranda) 1470528280.0
To think, there are people out there who can say they bought a futon off Stephen Colbert.
#firstsevenjobs construction, bus boy, cafeteria server, library data entry, futon frame maker, futon salesman, waiter— Stephen Colbert (@Stephen Colbert) 1470580445.0
There’s no way when Buzz Aldrin was washing dishes he thought he’d make it to the moon.
#firstsevenjobs Dish washer Camp counselor Fighter pilot Astronaut Commandant Speaker Author Now Global Space Statesman!— Buzz Aldrin (@Buzz Aldrin) 1470582953.0
Before becoming the host of CNN’s “United Shades of America,” W. Kamu Bell was dishing out scoops of Cherry Garcia at Ben and Jerry’s.
#firstsevenjobs Newspaper stand Janitor, my high school college work study Michael Jordan retail store Condom Shop Ben & Jerry's Video Store— W. Kamau Bell (@W. Kamau Bell) 1470532429.0
Before Monica Lewinsky became a Women’s rights advocate, she was once an unpaid intern at the White House in the ‘90s.
#firstsevenjobs art dealer (age 8) lemonade stand toy-o-rama knot shop (LA) knot shop (OR) @WhiteHouse @ThePentagon— Monica Lewinsky (@Monica Lewinsky) 1470475462.0
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino (“The Mighty Aphrodite”) learned how to speak Chinese and bartend before becoming famous.
#firstsevenjobs Babysitter ESL teacher in Beijing Copy editor Waitress Script reader Bartender Chinese tutor— Mira Sorvino (@Mira Sorvino) 1470580756.0
“House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon was an ace at wiping down your dash with Armor All before anyone knew what binge-watching meant.
#firstsevenjobs 1. Movie Theater 2. Busboy 3. Car Detailer 4. Plastics Factory 5. SAT Prep Teacher 6. Barista 7. Campaign staff... 15. TV— Beau Willimon (@Beau Willimon) 1470453554.0