He actually got fired because he wanted to go close a deal rather than open a store in the morning.

That helped inspire him to open his first business, Micro Solutions.

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"I was as provincial as you could be, albeit from Brooklyn, the province of Brooklyn," Blankfein told William Cohen at Fortune Magazine.

At the time, he was a heavy smoker and occasional gambler.

Billionaire Mark Cuban, for example, faced hardship when he first started, writing in "How To Win At The Sport Of Business" that "when I got to Dallas, I was struggling — sleeping on the floor with six guys in a three-bedroom apartment." On the other hand, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was a Xerox salesman dreaming of good coffee.

As a reminder that the path to success is not always linear, we've highlighted what Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and 19 other fascinating and successful people were doing at age 25.

"I never considered myself unequal, and I think I got a very good education being a stockbroker." In 1972, Stewart left Wall Street to be a stay-at-home mom. At age 25, Cuban had graduated from Indiana University and had moved to Dallas.