Amazon.com Inc. Founder Jeff Bezos was always unique, even from an early age. His mother, Jacklyn, recalls his fascination with discovering the way machines and toys worked, which became evident when he tried to take his crib apart with a screwdriver.
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At the age of 16, Bezos got a summer job McDonald‘s Corp. frying burgers in 1980. Despite being a “grillman,” his employers kept him away from customers because of his acne-prone teenage stage. Nevertheless, Bezos took the opportunity to learn as much as he could from the experience.
During his time at McDonald’s, Bezos first encountered retail and spent the summer “studying the company’s automation improvements,” such as beeps and cues for when to “scramble his eggs, flip his burgers.” and take his fries out of the oven’. the cooker.”
The experience gave Bezos an early insight into customer service, which he later acknowledged as “really difficult”. Today, “customer obsession” is the first of Amazon’s leadership principles.
Bezos’ experience at McDonald’s has also taught him how to keep things moving at the right pace during a rush. According to Cody Teets, author of “Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald’s,” Bezos said that “the most challenging thing was keeping everything at the right pace during a rush.”
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Billionaires with humble beginnings
Bezos isn’t the only successful entrepreneur who has learned valuable lessons from working at a fast food chain. Alexis Ohanianco-founder of Redditstarted as a dishwasher at Pizza Hut and worked his way up to a waiter in high school.
“I basically learned everything I ever needed to know about customer service,” Ohanian told The New York Times.
Likewise, Barbara Korcorana star of ABCs”Shark cagefound great value in working as a waitress in her early twenties. “You learn more in waitressing than in any other job,” Corcoran told CNBC Make It.
Bezos has also spoken about the lessons he learned from his time at McDonald’s. His advice for young people is to keep their eyes peeled for lessons they can learn in any job, even if it’s just flipping burgers.
“You can learn responsibility in any job if you take it seriously,” Bezos said in “Golden Opportunity.” “As a teenager you learn a lot at McDonald’s. It’s different from what you learn in school. Don’t underestimate the value of that!”
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The experiences of these successful entrepreneurs emphasize the importance of taking every job seriously and being open to learning from every opportunity. The lessons learned in customer service can be especially valuable for those starting their own businesses, as customer satisfaction is often a key factor for success.
Even though Bezos is the second richest man in the world and could eat caviar every day, he still goes back to his roots and chews on a classic McDonald’s burger. Last year, he shared a photo of himself on Twitter enjoying a burger, tweeting, “My first job. And still the same great burger. Happy Sunday!”
It just goes to show that no matter how much money you make or how famous you become, some things never change, like the taste of a delicious burger. Props to Bezos for staying grounded and showing that success doesn’t mean forgetting your humble beginnings.
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While many of these popular names came from humble beginnings, they all have one thing in common: startups. Eventually they founded innovative start-ups, which received venture capital to become the companies they are today. Changes in federal law allow anyone to invest in startups on platforms such as StartEngine, a popular investment platform for startups, including investments in StartEngine itself.
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