Millionaire Without a Mission

I struck a deal with Blockbuster, headed for Silicon Valley, and left small-town retail behind forever.

One day, when I still owned Empire Video, I struck up a conversation with a woman sitting next to me on an airplane. During the cross-country flight, small talk turned to career confessions. She'd climbed the corporate ladder but wasn't happy with her life. She'd lost sight of the spark that initially attracted her to her job. When I asked why she stayed in a position she didn't enjoy, she said it paid well and had great benefits. So I asked what she would do differently if she had a million dollars. How would she follow her heart? Our chat got me thinking about my own life. Then it hit me: I'd completely ...

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