The Surprising Day Jobs of 20 Famous Writers

Where You Start is Not Where You End Up

We all start somewhere.


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” -Arthur Ashe

 

When we look at successful adults, we think of them as rock stars, politicians, actors and powerful leaders. Most successful people I know have humble beginnings. One of the things I love to ask celebrities is about their first jobs. We often compare notes, and I tell stories of my teenage years where I would often work all day washing dishes by hand, and then change clothes and bus tables all night. And I wouldn’t change that experience for anything.

Our favorite writers are no different with jobs ranging from exterminator (Williams S. Burroughs) to a construction worker (John Steinbeck) to an airline reservation clerk (Harper Lee).

Here’s an infographic that demonstrates that where you start doesn’t have to be where you end up.


“If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey, most of us would never start out at all.” -Dan Rather

 

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Infographic courtesy of ExpertEditor.