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Investing With Purpose by Mark Aardsma

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9 >   Lean Into the Difficult Work

It was a cold day in November, and it was raining. I was on the steep roof of my 104-year-old house, crouching on black tarpaper with a nail gun in hand. I was off from work to finish the roofing job before winter. I didn’t have a good job or much money at the time, but I knew how to do roofing. I was saving several thousand dollars by installing the new roof myself. I was beginning to think I had taken on too much. I wasn’t sure I had it in me to get it done before cold weather hit. That day I dug deep and found the energy to attack that roof. I turned on a beast mode I didn’t know I had. I was hurrying, and I took some safety risks I probably shouldn’t have. It was a hard day. It was snowing when I put the ...

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