12 People Who Took An Indirect Path to Success

Success never comes in a straight line. Somedays it can feel like 2 stops forward, 10 back – but it’s the perseverance to push past the set backs that have made some of the most successful people in the world. Some people have come into success later in life, after overcoming extreme obstacles, or starting out in an area completely different to the one they ended up in. Here are 12 such people.

1. Ray Kroc

Until he was 52, Kroc sold paper cups and milkshake mixers before joining McDonalds in 1954 and turning it into the most successful fast food operation, ever.

2. Andrea Bocelli

Born with poor eyesight, Bocelli fully lost his sight at the age of 12, and played piano in bars until getting his breakthrough at the age of 33, becoming one of the biggest names in music.

3. Ang Lee

You may know him as the director and writer of some of the biggest films in existence, but up until the age of 31, Ang Lee was a jobless house husband.

4. J.K. Rowling

The most successful author ever, J.K. Rowling was a single mom, struggling with depression and trying to raise her daughter on welfare, up until the Harry Potter books became a sensation when she was 31.

5. Suze Orman

Finance Guru, motivational speaker and author – Suze Orman was a waitress until the age of 30.

6. Mark cuban

Sports lover, serial entrepreneur and big personality – Mark Cuban was a bartender until the age of 25. Albeit it was in his own bar, but Mark tried many different avenues before finding his big success.

12 People Who Took An Indirect Path to Success

7. Harrison Ford

The lead in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and leading man in some of the biggest grossing films to date, Harrison Ford was a Carpenter right up into his 30s.

8. Mary Kay Ash

Until the age of 45, Mary Kay Ash sold books and home goods door-to-door, before founding Mary Kay.

9. Manjol Bhargava

The 5-hour energy founder was a taxi driver and monk before turning 30.

10. Pejman Nozad

Named by Forbes as one of the most successful angel investors ever, Nozad was a rug dealer into his 30s.

11. Amancio Ortega

Founder of Inditex – the biggest fashion retailer in the world with brands such as Zara, Ortega was a shirt shop helper until he was 30.

12. Sheldon Adelson

The founder of the Las Vegas Sands, Adelson was selling shampoo and windshield defroster into his 30s.


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