Key Takeaways From the Unexpected Career Paths of Successful People
by Haley Lyles
In 2012, Barack Obama was elected as the first African American president of the United States. Even though he was sworn into the most powerful position in the U.S., he was once a 16-year-old scooping all 31 delicious flavors of ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, with no idea he would eventually change history.
Every successful person started somewhere. Whether they were born into wealth and found smart ways to utilize their resources, or were raised in dangerous situations and fought their way out, it’s inspiring to see how various celebrities, visionaries and industry leaders pursued their dreams and never gave up.
A recent study revealed the sad truth that only 6 percent of adults achieve the career dreams they had as children. Whether you’re considering abandoning your dream or you’re striving for it daily, be encouraged by looking at others’ experiences. You never know where you are on your journey. You could be like Spanx founder, Sara Blakely, and encounter a life-changing career opportunity tomorrow, or you could be like Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and sell Christmas trees and birds for years before you see any success.
If you’re discouraged by the trajectory of your career path, find inspiration from the not-so-impressive beginnings of some of the most successful people in the world.
The biggest lesson to learn from these successful individuals is that everyone’s career path looks different. Like Daniel Ek, the founder of Spotify, some started their entrepreneurial journeys in high school, and others, like Sara Blakley, had to work in a less-than-glamorous job for seven years before discovering her passion in her late 20s. No matter where you are on your career path, keep your eyes forward and your resume updated. You never know what opportunity is just around the corner.