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Man who worked 50 jobs in 50 states hopes to inspire in Spokane

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Daniel Seddiqui visits Spokane as the last stop on a 300 city tour Daniel Seddiqui visits Spokane as the last stop on a 300 city tour
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Meet Daniel Seddiqui. He knows the United States very differently from others. He’s worked 50 jobs in 50 states. And now, he’s visited more than 300 cities in the U.S.

Daniel travels a lot and spends his time exploring new territory like the Inland Northwest.

“I used to stare at maps growing up and wondering what life was like in each place,” he says. “My curiosity never ended and that's what led me to Spokane to kind of finish out the rest of the map and the journey.”

He's been to every recognizable city in the U.S. and Spokane's his last stop. But this all started back in 2008, he had spent three years looking for a job with his economics degree. Interview after interview, he didn’t get any offer. That's when he decided to do 50 jobs in 50 states in 50 weeks.

He found a job unique to each state: Working at a Las Vegas wedding chapel, making cheese in Wisconsin, logging in Oregon, and working in marine biology in Washington.

How'd he find these jobs? A lot of cold calls and networking.

“A lot of no’s, that didn't stop me,” he says.

From rejection, he found direction. He encourages persistence, adaptability, and taking risks – something he’s learned from applied learning.

“Really explore their options and see what was the right fit for them or what would be the right fit for them because you never know unless you go see for yourself,” he says.

His advice for recent grads? Don't limit yourself.

“I always talk about give yourself an opportunity because it's only up to you," he says. "You’re really in control of your own destiny.”

Daniel also came to Spokane because he’s speaking at a Washington state conference on career and technical education, talking about his own experience. He also started a career exploration program for college students to help them find their passion.

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