Thursday, July 14, 2011

You Have to Start Somewhere

Even the most successful, well-known people in the world had to start at the bottom.  Learn about their stories because, after all, we all gotta start somewhere!

Beyoncé Sasha Fierce herself started at the very bottom of the food chain.  Today's diva superstar grew up sweeping hair from the floor of her mother's salon.  But with enough passion, drive, and her God-given singing/dancing/acting/designing talent, she became one of the biggest names in entertainment today.

Warren Buffett As one of the richest men in the world, it's hard to imagine that, at one point, Warren Buffet didn't have it all.  In fact, this powerful mogul started off working at his grandfather's grocery store.  He then worked his way up to J.C. Penney!

Oprah Winfrey One of the most inspirational success stories is that of Oprah Winfrey.  She started young and was even able to read before the age of three.  She was nicknamed "The Preacher" at her local church because she could recite Bible verses verbatim.  At the age of 16, Oprah arrived at a radio station to claim a watch that she had won through a contest.  There, she read for producers and was booked as an on-air reporter on the spot for $100 a week!

Michael Dell One of the most popular names in business and technology is Michael Dell.  But he, too had to start somewhere.  And he may have started at the very, very bottom.  Dell worked as a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant, earning about $2.30 an hour.  "The best part was the wisdom of the restaurant owner, which I could capture if I came to work a little early," said Dell. "He took great pride in his work and cared about every customer who came through his door." 

Rush Limbaugh The famous American radio talk show host had to start somewhere.  And let's just say he worked from the ground, up.  Limbaugh worked as a shoe shiner in his early days!

So if you're sweeping the floor of a restaurant, cleaning dishes at the local restaurant, or shining shoes at the airport, just remember: you have to start somewhere.  With enough ambition, drive and smart thinking, you could be the next big thing!

Written by Allison Way

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