Several quotes on Success:
Rely on yourself. No one cares about you one-tenth of how you care about yourself.
There is no politician that cares more about you than you do. There is no celebrity that cares more about you than you do.
If you work hard, do what is right, it will pay off at sometime later in your life.
I dare say that the effective rate of return/compensation for a 16 year old that works at McDonalds is minimum wage. The lessons you learn there will payoff later in multiples.
Rule 1, be on time.
Rule 2, follow the rules of employment – wear your uniform correctly
Rule 3, do your best even when the boss isn’t watching
Rule 4, understand the business and consider how to make it better – more profitable.
I guarantee you, that if you do all of these things you will not have a problem getting a job after college that pays much much more than you made at McDonalds.