How it started: I told myself I’d start my homework right after class. How it’s going: TikTok.

The internet really evolved throughout the 2010s.

It went from a way to supplement the offline world to an entire universe of its own.

YouTube evolved from Charlie Bit My Finger to James Charles. Instagram went from informal to industrial. TikTok, well, started existing.

A person wearing a teddy bear costume dances on TikTok.

Through it all, one thing has remained true: the internet is the place to flex. Whether it’s a special achievement, a promotion or even a new look – if you want to show off, you head online.

The most recent iteration of internet boasting comes in the form of “how it started vs how it’s going” memes. It’s simple: you share a photo that showcases your humble beginnings in your personal or professional life alongside a photo that shows how far you’ve come.

Seeing other people’s success stories can inspire you to achieve your dreams, too. So, here are IGNITE’s top 10 “how it started vs how it’s going” memes to power you through midterm season:


Most kids change their minds about their dream job a million times (and that’s totally fine!) This person stuck with it, though, and proved hard work truly pays off.


Brilliant, radiant and powerful – before and after.


From a few customers to a huge company.


Okay, not exactly inspiring, but, like, defs relatable.

At least we don’t have to deal with this learning remotely.


Celebs kinda own this trend. Simone Biles, an American gymnast who now has over 30 Olympic and World Championship medals, shared this pic of her origins that’s both impressive and adorable.


Another celebrity! Alyson Stoner’s come up is also a come out – the Cheaper by the Dozen and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody star shared a pic of her childhood self alongside her adult, out-and-proud self on National Coming Out Day.


OMG, remember when video games were 2D?


Nothing makes me smile quite like a wholesome relationship post. Migos member Quavo shared how he slid into now-girlfriend Saweetie‘s DMs and inadvertently started the newest flirting trend.


Artists, teach me your ways. Please.


Commitment and consistency will help you achieve your dreams – no matter how astronomical they are.

A man mimics playing the drums.

The only thing better than seeing other people reach their dreams is achieving your own. You can work on your “how it’s going” by signing up for IGNITE’s LinkedIn for Students: How to Build an Authentic Presence and Grow your Business workshop!

This free virtual event will teach you how to tailor the perfect profile to land your dream job. Renowned speaker and LinkedIn master Michaela Alexis will walk you through all the best tips to showcase your greatness and attract employers.

LinkedIn Level Up is taking place Thursday, November 26 at 4 p.m. However, there is a limited number of spots available – make sure to secure yours before they’re gone!

And, don’t forget to screenshot this article to use as your “how it started.” Wink.

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