Second Acts: 12 People Who Didn’t Get Rich Until Their Second Careers

Not everyone has success in their initially chosen careers. A lot of times, people slog it out in the same dead-end job for years, either because they’re afraid to take a leap into something new, or because they feel like their job is too much a part of their identity to quit.

It can be hard to believe at first, but a lot of people have actually had more success in their second career after they quit their first than they would have ever had if they stuck it out. Check out the list for some inspiration if you’re not loving your current job.

Tim and Nina Zagat

Americans Tim and Nina Zagat were both lawyers when they were asked to move to Paris for their jobs. They were foodies, so they excitedly started compiling lists of the Parisian restaurants they wanted to try. Once they got there, they started ranking the restaurants they tried on their unique ratings system.

Eventually they moved back to the States and settled in New York, and all their friends started pestering them to give up the secret of how they always knew the best restaurants. They published a small guide book — only a few thousand copies — and soon it snowballed into the massive Zagat empire. Within two years, they had both quit their jobs to publish their guidebooks full time.

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