Out of life’s big spends, which would you quit for 30 days to see how much you could save?
Whilst he may now spend his time jetting around the world, selling out concerts and collaborating with the likes of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris (real name Adam Wiles) knows the benefit of working hard and saving to help build a career.
Just 10 years ago, Calvin was working part-time in Marks and Spencer stacking shelves, in order to save up enough money to buy decks and equipment as he practised and recorded demo tracks in his spare time.
Hollywood A-lister Idris Elba had a dream to go to drama school but faced financial hurdles to get there. Entrepreneurial Idris started working for his uncle’s wedding DJ business at the age of 15, and within a year had started his own DJ company, helping allow him to fund his way through art college. Whilst doing this he also worked jobs such as tyre fitting and tele-sales before landing his big break in the world of acting.
Instagram travel sensation now boasts 2.8million followers and earns a six-figure income travelling to the most beautiful places in the world with his partner Lauren. However, just a few years ago Jack was working double shifts as a carpet cleaner in Manchester – saving enough money to start his travel dreams and buy equipment to get him started on his journey.
Damien Hirst may be one of the richest UK living artists (his wealth is valued at a whopping £215m!) but his financial life wasn’t always as thriving. Damien, who dominated the art scene in the 90s, worked on London building sites to help kick start his career in the arts industry. To help fund his studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, Damien also had a placement at a mortuary. While the placement not only provided the necessary money to buy his art supplies, some say it was an experience that influenced his later themes and materials.
Arguably the biggest tech influence of a generation, Jobs has left a huge legacy with his Apple products the ipod, ipad, iphone and mac computers visible throughout today’s world.
In his early business years, in order to buy parts for the very first production run of his apple mac computers, Jobs worked multiple jobs and even sold his beloved VW van – a financial decision that certainly paid off over the years. Apple today is amongst the most valuable companies in the world.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor came from humble beginnings in Dublin but had a dream to rule the world of mixed martial arts. Saving as he went, Conor worked as a plumber in Ireland in order to follow his dream, eventually having enough to make the full-time transition to professional sport. Fast forward 10 years and McGregor had taken part in one of the biggest boxing matches of all time vs Floyd Mayweather earning a reported $100million in the process!
Fashion royalty Vivienne is a great example of how hard work and sensible financial planning can help carve out a dream career.
Self-confessed ‘working class girl’ growing up, Westwood juggled jobs in a factory, and as a school teacher whilst creating her own jewellery which she also sold at Portobello Market.
Working multiple jobs and saving to reinvest in her jewellery and fashion business allowed her to grow her brand into one of the world’s leading global fashion lines today.
As Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Rebecca Long-Bailey is one of the most powerful MPs on Labour’s benches. Rebecca learnt the value of hard work and savings from an early age as she began her career serving at the shop counter of a pawn shop. To help fund her education that helped her secure her dream job, Rebecca worked in call centres, furniture factories and as a post woman. Rebecca says these experiences ‘taught her more about the struggles of life than any degree or qualification ever could’, making her the prime candidate for her influential role in Parliament.