What Your First Job Can Teach You About Life (VIDEO)

WATCH: Life Lessons From Humble First Jobs

That first job you had as a teenager bagging groceries or delivering newspapers may have more value than you thought at the time.

There are many lessons to be learned from first jobs, argues Simon C.Y. Wong in his blog post, "In Praise Of Humble First Jobs," and they're not about career advancement. Wong discussed some of the life lessons that everyone can learn from their humble beginnings in a recent HuffPost Live segment.

"Looking back, I thought, it just taught me so much about life, about how to relate to people... and the fact that we actually share a lot in common even though we may have very different backgrounds and ambitions," Wong told host Nancy Redd. "For example, I think a lot of us, no matter what we do we have pride in doing things well, we want to be decent."

Shala Marks, who is currently working in her first job after graduating from college, told the panel that her humble start ultimately helped her grow.

"I think the phrase that says 'never forget where you came from' is going to help me in the future to remember [that] I did so much work," she said. "It's kind of a stepping stone to get me where I want to go."

Watch the clip above to hear more, and check out the full segment on HuffPost Live.

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