Chapter 7

Tales From an Open Mind

I’ve said repeatedly that my path hasn’t been a straight line to success, but even so, when I talk to people about their careers, their purpose, or their passion, it seems nearly everyone believes that if they just do this, that, or the other, they will follow that straight path right to their personal pot of gold.

I’m all for being dogged in my pursuit of a complete, satisfying, and ideal life, but after sustaining a few bumps and bruises along the way I know the dangers of falling victim to tunnel vision. Life has taught me to keep my options open, and to keep an open mind as well.

Most people (and I think particularly young people) build their hopes and dreams on glamour rather than reality. I was at a luncheon ...

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