We tend to get hung up about our first job. Whether it’s a summer job or a full time gig, we worry that it won’t be in line with our goals and ambitions. Stop worrying about it. As long as you learn a lot and make money, that’s all that matters.
Want proof? Here is a list of some pretty successful people and their first jobs.
- Warren Buffett sold newspaper subscriptions and delivered papers
- Barak Obama worked in an ice cream parlour in Hawaii
- JK Rowling was a researcher at Amnesty International
- Lady Gaga was a server (and there are many others to add to that list!)
- Director James Cameron drove a truck before he saw Star Wars and decided to try out the movie business.
- Frank Stronach, founder of auto parts giant Magna, apprenticed as a tool and die maker in Austria before moving to Canada.
- Bryan Baeumler – ran an air cargo business before he made the leap into home renovations and was discovered by HGTV
- Peter Mansbridge was a ticket taker at the airport in Churchill, Manitoba
I am sure they can each point to something valuable that came out of the experience but it’s clear that they did not take the job because it lined up with their future plans.
So get on with it. Take that irrelevant job with no “meaning” or “impact” on society. It will make for great stories later.