The good thing about your calling is that you can find it anytime, anywhere.
You don’t have to land your dream career straight out of college—you might work several jobs (quite happily) until you discover the one that fits best, the one you seem to have been born for. Even then, the saga might continue as you keep growing and exploring, eager for the next chapter in your life.
Just take a look at these 11 Most Famous Career Changes, Forbes’ list of big-time successes who are synonymous today with what they do, but who frequently found their calling by starting with something completely different.
What’s uncanny? The number of lives they’ve impacted for good—and the number of times they never would have discovered their biggest calling if it hadn’t been for their first jobs.
Here are my favorites:
What he used to be: Investment banker
What he became: Founder of Amazon
What she used to be: Door-to-door saleswoman of fax machines and office supplies
What she became: Founder of Spanx
What he used to be: Cofounder of Microsoft
What he became: Establisher of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
What he used to be: Bodybuilder, actor
What he became: Governor of California
What she used to be (and still is): Actress
What she became: Cofounder of The Honest Company
What he used to be: Boxer
What he became: Tough-guy actor (the tough is real)
What he used to be: Lawyer
What he became: Best-selling author of legal thrillers such as A Time to Kill, The Firm, and The Pelican Brief.
What he used to be: Self-taught carpenter hired to build an office for then nobody George Lucas
What he became: Harrison Ford!