Chapter 11 Success Is Where You Find It

He was Vice President of the United States for eight successful years, and for many, that would have been enough. Not for al gore. Yet when it came to running for president, he didn’t quite make it back into the oval office. Gore tried, he lost, and, if novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald is to be believed, the story ends there: “There are no second acts in American lives.” In Fitzgerald’s era, if something went wrong in a person’s chosen career, there was no second chance to start it over again. These days, second acts can and do happen. Just ask Britney Spears and Robert Downey Jr.

In the United States presidential election of 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote but ultimately, thanks to a decision handed down ...

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