Grow: Minimum wage to millions: 7 low-wage worker success stories

Paying your dues might seem old-school to many these days, but there are some surprising benefits to grunt work. Not only did plenty of super-successful people start on the lowest rung of the ladder, but their early experiences in low-level positions frequently seeded their path to success—whether inspiring future projects, teaching them valuable workplace lessons or offering low-risk opportunities to up their game.

Check out how these seven went from small potatoes to success stories.

Jeff Bezos: McDonald’s grill man

The Amazon AMZN, +1.51% head honcho landed a summer job in his teens as a “grill man,” flipping burgers at McDonalds.

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