How humble first jobs motivated these inspirational speakers

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By Chris Taylor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - What inspires you?

It's a simple question that is not always easy to answer. That's why there are professional speakers who fill stadiums - and get paid tens of thousands of dollars - to light a fire in you.

For more than a year, Reuters has been talking to America's greatest achievers, asking about the first jobs that set them on the path to success.

This month we talked to a few of the nation's most prominent inspirational speakers. As you might expect, they didn't start out at a podium with a microphone.

Tony Robbins

Claim to fame: #1 New York Times bestselling author, life and business strategist

First job: Busboy   Continued...

Alison Levine (third from left) at the New York International Auto Show in Manhattan, March 28, 2002. REUTERS/Chip East