The Day Jobs Before He Struck Gold
After being expelled from school in Las Vegas, finishing his education while living with his aunt in Maine, and then giving up on college in Boston, Dana White took on numerous jobs in his early adult life, including the one he describes as the toughest of them all – shifting asphalt for a paving company in the heat of summer.
”I will credit that job to a lot of my success,” White once told the Boston Globe.
White also worked as a bouncer at the Black Rose Irish pub in Boston, while a much more lucrative job saw him serving as a bellhop at the Boston Harbor Hotel.
Regardless of the job, the recurring theme even back then was White’s love of fighting.
For instance, his former boss at EJ Paving recalls White arranging wrestling matches between his co-workers, while White himself has admitted that he used to organize brawls with his fellow bellhops in the closet during breaks to settle disputes if someone stepped out of line, only targeting below the neck line so that their customers wouldn’t notice the bumps and bruises when they returned to work.
However, though the bellhop gig was earning him $60,000 a year, White wasn’t satisfied, describing it as “the most degrading job I ever had,” and so he made what would prove to be a fateful decision to embrace his entrepreneurial spirit and somehow get involved in combat sports instead.