My Early Jobs and Their Influence on Me as an Entrepreneur

“There is no substitute for hard work.”


inventor of the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the practical lightbulb, and pioneer of electric power

As soon as I graduated from Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens, in 1968, I moved to South Fallsburg in upstate New York, to attend Sullivan County Community College, which is part of the State University of New York. During the summer months, and when I wasn’t in class, I also worked part-time in Manhattan.

By this point, I understood the model: Spend little, earn more. Have the skills to earn myself more money. Know where to go to sell those skills. Educate myself. Learn people skills. Learn language skills.

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