Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Mark Cuban and Martha Stewart are all examples that the road to great success need not be a perfectly straight one. In a expansive slideshow, see what 25 of the world’s most famous successes were up to when they were in their mid-twenties. It wasn’t always planning their next big business move. Some were bartenders and stay-at-home moms. Others were simply unhappy in career tracks they thought would be their ticket to success. All used their experiences to fuel their ultimate desire to succeed, proving that the way to the top is ultimately a personal one.

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