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“If we did all we were capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” -- Thomas Edison

You’re never too young to start working. Maybe today is a good time to think about getting a job. Don’t be too proud to start humble and rake leaves, do childcare or deliver newspapers. Any initiative you take to get out there and be responsible to put money in your own pocket will lead to better jobs as you get older. You’ve got to start somewhere. Being dependable, and showing you have a good attitude about the job, as well as respect for people also helps you climb the job ladder to success.

Think about your interests and skills, and then go for it. If you’re not sure what those skills are, try several different jobs or volunteer opportunities. You’ll learn pretty quickly what you prefer. Below are examples of people with whom I’m acquainted and what they did for work.

Work Examples

Wesley’s first job was working in the college cafeteria when he was only 15 years old. He is now 24 and a technician for a Mercedes Benz dealership in Portland. 

Shana was 13 when she designed, made and sold tall felt hats for teens. It only cost her $3 per hat to make, and she sold them for $15 each. Shana is 27 now has a job she loves for a local company. She also designs web pages on her home computer and makes extra money that way.

When Todd was 14, he sold knives door to door. Now he’s 35 and a Project Manager for a law firm on the East Coast.

Trevor works in his dad’s furniture store after school and on weekends. He is practicing his natural customer service skills and recently sold $2,000 worth of furniture in one afternoon. He also enjoys photography and in his spare time takes photos and sells them.

“If you can’t do great things, do small things in a great way. Don’t wait for great opportunities. Seize common, everyday ones and make them great.” –Napolean Hill

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