Photo: Giving away plane tickets is hardly Virgin founder Richard Branson’s wildest stunt.
If you’re bummed out by your current professional situation, don’t despair.The job you have right now has very little to do with the job you’ll use to make your name.
In case you don’t believe us, here are 15 famous businesspeople who met success only after working a conventional, boring, or humiliating job.
It didn't start with Ben & Jerry's.
Ben Cohen used to drive a cab before co-founding the ice cream company that would bear his name. Before making it big, he was also an ER clerk and a pottery wheel deliverer.
Branson has worked for himself from day one.
He started out in his younger years by heading across the English Channel to buy cheap records from a music discounter, which he would resell out of his car at a markup back home.
Dell was a dishwasher in a Chinese restaurant when he was 12 years old.
He was later promoted to water boy and maitre d'. When he went off to college, he started a company called PC Limited in his dorm room. That company eventually became Dell Computers.
He's the guy who grew Waste Management Inc. into a successful company and used to own the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Panthers and the Florida Marlins.
It all started with his high school job as a gas station attendant.
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