YAHTZEE: 4 Lessons In Entrepreneurship I Learned From Working A Crap Job

Published on August 19, 2014

Check out what Chet Kittleson at FastCompany.com learned from working so-called ‘dead end’ jobs that helped to prepare him to be an entrepreneur. Take notes…


Someone who has a history of working overtime, saving money, and not getting paid benefits or sick days can generally appreciate the little things. Their pain points feel less significant because they’ve already been through numerous pain points.


Empathy is the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes and to comprehend their struggles as if they were your own. Work at the proverbial gas station and you’ll be able to empathize with the best of them.

“You have the opportunity to develop relationships with people you are unlikely to meet in the startup world and to appreciate their struggles in a way that going straight from college to startup jobs cannot show you,” said Rand Fishkin, co-founder of inbound marketing software company Moz.


People can be weird. The only way to get past this is to expose yourself to the weirdness.

Delivering pizzas or cold calling people will prepare you for working with customers at a startup better than any customer development course.


Drive fueled by perspective is a force and can push you to work harder then you ever thought possible.

Marc Nager, CEO and cofounder of entrepreneurial community nonprofit UP Global, says the foundations for work ethic and drive are set early on.

Read more: Fast Company


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