That's what worked for Touraine Jones, 31, who started working in retail at age 14 in her father's shop in Jamaica. Jones didn't go to college, and when she came to America in 2003, she worked several different jobs without finding her calling.
But she continued to be drawn to retail, so Jones tried for a job at a New Jersey Wal-Mart. The only available position was unloading trucks for $8.50 an hour. She took it, and before long she moved inside the store as an associate. Jones since has worked her way up to assistant manager. She says she loves her career and there's lots of room to grow. Someday she hopes to open her own shop.
GO BEYOND YOUR COMFORT ZONE
If there’s nothing in your past to build on, then try something new. Colomb says she has learned an important lesson since entering the workforce.
"Success is intentional. It doesn't matter how smart you are if you are not knowledgeable about all the opportunities that exist for you," she says. "There were many opportunities that I missed out on because I just didn't know they existed."
Colomb says it's important to step outside of your comfort zone and meet people who are different from yourself.
"I have usually experienced my biggest opportunities when I did things that I wouldn't normally do with people who were nothing like me," says Colomb. "But always stay true to yourself, because it's no fun working someone else's job."
So, while you may not have your dream job, or even know what your dream job is, keep hustling. Find jobs, try new things, use your time wisely, and you will find your passion.
As always, we’ve got your back. — The On Your Own Team