My first business was probably a lemonade stand. Spurred on by my older sister, we hit the corner of our street to sell lemonade which my parents paid for. We never paid them back.
My second business was just as short lived: sort of a swap meet between my sisters and brother. We cleaned out our toy boxes and sold them to each other. I never ended up on the profitable side of those sales, but always walked away happy.
My third business was an outdoor guiding company. Started in the months before September 11, 2001, we had everything in place, including our first trip. Then the country was in complete chaos. (I’ve since revived that brand for another project.)
I’ve never heard of a single person become ultra successful with their first business. It just doesn’t happen. There’s always the lemonade stand, landscaping or car washing business. Even delivering newspapers like Warren Buffet’s first job.
Donald Trump recycled empty cans and bottles with his father. Sam Walton bottled milk on his family farm and hand-delivered it to his customers.
We all start somewhere. Wether successful or failed, each experience teaches us something about ourselves. It’d be a waste not to pay attention and use it when the next opportunity comes around.
What was your first business or job? Did it prepare you for anything?
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