His success story is proof that you can still succeed in life even if you started from the bottom.
World’s Second-Richest Man Used to Work at McDonald’s
The founder, chairman, and former CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has a net worth of approximately $151 billion as of September 4, 2022.
Bezos held the #1 spot for the richest man in the world for 4 years, before he was overtaken by Elon Musk.
Still, being the world’s number 2 richest man is still quite impressive, considering the wealth he owns and the fact that the world has a population of over 7.75 billion as of 2020.
But what we’re really impressed with is that he is proud of his humble beginnings – and the fact that his first job was in McDonald’s.
Last August 29, he shared a photo after eating what appears to be a hearty McDonald’s meal on his Twitter account with the following caption:
“My first job. And still the same great burger. Happy Sunday!”
While the post received mixed reactions, many netizens were quite impressed by how far he’s gone from being a mere McDonald’s worker to being one of the richest in the world – and he could certainly but as many McDonald’s stores as he wants.
What Bezos Learned from McDonald’s
Bezos said that he learned a lot of things from McDonald’s. He even encourages young people to work there.
“You can learn responsibility in any job, if you take it seriously,” he explained.
“You learn a lot as a teenager working at McDonald’s. It’s different from what you learn in school. Don’t underestimate the value of that!”
He recalled that he never really met the customers while he was working at McDonald’s, but that still taught him valuable experience.
“My favorite shift was Saturday morning. The first thing I would do is get a big bowl and crack 300 eggs into it. One of the things that’s really fun about working at McDonald’s is to get really fast at all of this stuff. See how many eggs you can crack in a period of time and still not get any shell in them.”
What Was His First Week at McDonald’s Like?
Bezos’ dad used to work at McDonald’s, too, so he had some idea of what to expect when he started his summer job.
Yet that didn’t really prepare him for the worst first week.
“My first week on the job, a five-gallon, wall-mounted ketchup dispenser got stuck open in the kitchen and dumped a prodigious quantity of ketchup into every hard-to-reach kitchen crevice,” Bezos recalled.
“Since I was the new guy, they handed me the cleaning solution and said, ‘Get going!’”
What do you think of his story?