Your Voice Comes Through

Sooner or later, if we are lucky, that person we once were comes forward again, sometimes without waiting for permission. Fortunately, that neglected voice has real power, and will generally come out whether we like it or not.

As a young man in my thirties, I was running a fairly large sales operation for IBM on the West Coast of the United States. My fifteen-year career with the company had been studded with success, but I had made a lifestyle decision to move back to the West Coast in the mid-1970s, and didn’t intend to move east again. Accordingly, my interest in my job had been waning. I was ready to leave, and I was being helped along by the growing bureaucracy of the firm.

At that time, all companies doing interstate ...

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