Successful People Tweeted About Their First Jobs And It Was Pretty Inspiring

Started from the bottom now they’re verified on Twitter.

1. What was your first job? Delivering newspapers? Babysitting?

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2. Over the weekend, a bunch of people started tweeting the list of their first seven jobs.

4. Like with any good hashtag, soon celebrities joined in on the trend. Turns out Stephen Colbert did a whole bunch of boring jobs long before he became host of The Late Show.

5. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin gave us some serious career inspo when he noted he used to spend his time washing dishes before walking on the moon.

6. House of Cards creator Beau Willimon definitely paid his dues.

#firstsevenjobs 1. Movie Theater 2. Busboy 3. Car Detailer 4. Plastics Factory 5. SAT Prep Teacher 6. Barista 7. Campaign staff... 15. TV

— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon)

7. Model, Transparent actress, and trans activist Hari Nef showed us that sometimes those endless unpaid internships might just pay off.

#firstsevenjobs tattoo shop reception hair salon reception toy store clerk office pa @livingtheatre intern @vfiles intern @jv8inc intern

— hari nef (@harinef)

8. Actress and feminist activist Mira Sorvino showed that sometimes you have to look around a little bit before figuring out your path.

#firstsevenjobs Babysitter ESL teacher in Beijing Copy editor Waitress Script reader Bartender Chinese tutor

— Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino)

9. YouTube star Dan Howell may have been half-joking with his list, but he turned that quadruple espresso into 6 million followers, so that’s saying something.

#firstsevenjobs lifeguard shadow 👀 axe dealer ⛏ panic alarm presser 🚨 table sleeper 💤 quadruple espresso maker ☕️ dropout 📚 internet hobo 💻

— Dan Howell (@danisnotonfire)

10. There were also some critics — this is the internet, after all.

#firstsevenjobs is the ultimate humblebrag hashtag. Carry on.

— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz)

11. And some jokers (and some smokers, and some late-night tokers).

1. picker 2. grinner 3. lover 4. sinner 5. joker 6. smoker 7. toker (night shift) #firstsevenjobs

— daveweigel (@daveweigel)

#firstsevenjobs 1 create heavens, earth 2 sweep wind over waters 3 make light 4 make sky 5 make plants 6 make animals 7 accounts receivable

— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff)

13. And then, of course, things got political.

1 racist landlord 2 bankrupt 3 creepy pageant owner 4 bankrupt 5 fire people on tv 6 bankrupt 7 failed presidential nominee #firstsevenjobs

— sean. (@SeanMcElwee)

#firstsevenjobs #1 - 7 Screw over everyone for money and power

— Honest Hillary (@Honest_Hillary)

15. But all in all, pretty inspiring, right? Is this the American dream everyone’s always talking about?

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