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10 CEOs and Their First 'Kidult' Jobs

By SiliconIndia  |   Friday, 14 December 2012, 05:11 Hrs
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Bangalore: Most of the successful stories have an apprehensive start which further proceeds through an ultimate journey of life and unexceptional events.  Most young students and entrepreneurs admire CEOs who are successful in their respective fields today. While people should definitely look forward towards their success, but the struggle and the ground realities should not be overlooked which stand between the idea and the achievement of the dreams.



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Not every one of them is born into a well settled family business. Most successful CEOs today have a story of struggle and hard work. We summed up stories of top 10 CEOs’ and their first jobs as jotted down by Samantha Felix of Business Insider.



1.  Mark O'Brien



President, DDB North America.



First Job: Electric Guitar Sander



When Mark O’Brien was in college he took the job of painting and sanding electric guitars in Meridian, Mississippi. Though for Mark it was just a summer job but he was also working for few people for whom this was the primary mode of income. The process and hard work required just to make a single piece of guitar really had struck him. Mark said, “I took great pride in my work, just the same. I credit the management at the company for this. They made sure that all of their employees felt not only protected — safety was a top priority — but appreciated and even celebrated. I learned a lot about how to establish and nurture a work culture, where everybody feels important and valued, whether they work with you for a few months or a few decades” as stated by Business Insider. 



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