While the overwhelming majority of people don't start out in their dream jobs, you can learn a lot while earning your first paycheck. First jobs often take us out of our comfort zone, stretching us in ways we couldn't have anticipated and helping to shape our path forward. They can also teach us invaluable lessons about ourselves, how to work with different personalities and how to solve problems on the fly.
For example, Mary Barra started out as a quality inspector on the General Motors (GM) assembly line before going on to become the company's first female CEO, and she says her time on the line helped her really value the people who did that role for the company.
I asked eleven successful entrepreneurs about the lessons they learned while earning their first paycheck. Start the slideshow to learn what they had to say.