CNBC.com asked some of the financial industry's most successful investors, analysts and market strategists how they earned their first paychecks as high school and college students.
As you'll see, it was often a long road from Main Street to Wall Street (and Silicon Valley).
Even before making it big in the financial industry, these people took jobs that required grit, perseverance and sometimes a big risk tolerance—evidenced by the work they took in their early years to pay for college expenses.
Just like most Americans, their first jobs out of high school often required long commutes, a stoic work ethic, and humility. Always thinking bigger, they took pride in their first workplace responsibilities.