I don’t want a handout. I don’t even want an opportunity. Just tell me where the opportunities are created. I’ll show up. I’ll show up so well dressed and well prepared that you’ll want to give me an opportunity. And, if you don’t give me the opportunity on that day, I’ll show up tomorrow the same way. And the next day. And the next day. And, eventually, you’ll say, “If he’s this consistent in trying to get the opportunity, what will he do with the opportunity?” And, after you decide to scratch that curious itch, I’ll take the opportunity, your expectations, and earn everything that I get. Why? Because I don’t want a hand out. I want to be in the place where opportunities are created so that, when opportunities being made, I’m there to take one and succeed.
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