1. Sylvester Stallone was a deli counter attendant. However, in between serving customers, he wrote the screenplay to a movie about an underdog boxer from Philadelphia (it took him only three days). Within a short time, he had signed a movie contract for "Rocky".
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2. Andrea Bocelli was a lawyer who moonlighted at a piano bar. He did not become a singer until 1992.
An early photo of Andrea Bocelli.
3. Martha Stewart's first career was in modelling. Then she became a stockbroker. Within a couple of years, she bought a rundown farmhouse and supervised its restoration. Now she has a multi-million dollar empire.
Photo of a young Martha Stewart looking like Grace Kelly courtesy www.images.forbes.com.
4. Mao Tse-Tsung was an elementary school principal. Four years later, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, becoming its leader in 1935 and the leader of the nation from 1949 to 1959.
Photo of Mao Tse Tsung courtesy www.marxists.org.
5. Julia child was a government spy, collecting secret documents in China and Ceylon. Six years later she entered cooking school. Twelve years after graduating, her famous cookbook was published.
PHoto of Julia Child at Cordon Bleu in France courtesy http://2.bp.blogspot.com.
6. James Joyce had a beautiful tenor voice which he translated into a singing career. Two years later he published "The Dubliners", a book of short stories.
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7. Colonel Harland Sanders was, among other things, a steamboat pilot, an insurance salesman, a farmer and a railroad fireman. He did not start frying chicken until he was 40. He did not sell franchises to Kentucky Fried Chicken until he was 65.
Photo of young Harland Sanders courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org.
8. Rodney Dangerfield was an aluminum siding salesman. He had been a stand up comic at 19, but gave it up for a more stable career. However, he returned to comedy at the age of 40.
9. Harrison Ford was a carpenter. In 1972 he had appeared in the movie "American Graffiti", but was paid very little. Therefore, he made carpentry his fulltime job. But four years later, George Lucas offered him the role of Han Solo in "Star Wars" and the rest is history.
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10. Jesus Christ was a carpenter at the age of 30. However, he gave up woodworking to preach the Gospel. Three years later, he died on the cross and became our Saviour.
Photo of "Jesus" from "Passion of the Christ" courtesy http://i.ytimg.com.