Very Successful Careers Are Very Rarely a Straight Line [Infographic]

Many young professionals stress heavily about finding their career path straight out of school. “I’m so stressed! I don’t know what I want to do with my life!!” they lament. Some others begin their careers full of angst for their entry-level job, wishing they were already occupying a desk in the C-suite at the end of their first week.

What all young professionals should remember is… with some talent, a little luck and a hell of a lot of hard work you can be anything you want, and rise to any level. How do we know?

  • Ever heard of Richard Branson? His first job was selling Christmas trees
  • Want to sell garbage cans? Well Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, did for his first job, and went on to teach disco lessons
  • And Elon Musk, founder of Telsa Motors and one of the founders of PayPal, started his career writing video games

As this infographic from Funders and Founders on the unlikely paths of five uber-successful entrepreneurs shows, you don’t have to start your career with a job that immediately fits your passion to ultimately be successful. You just need to get started! Build your skills, develop your work ethic, and learn from a mentor as you find what fires you up.

You’ll get there… just like these billionaires did:







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