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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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NINE

Hard Work and Struggles in Life

Opportunity is missed by most because it’s dressed in overalls and looks like work.

—THOMAS EDISON

Take pride in your work” is a worthy and often-quoted piece of advice to young people. But like many such aphorisms, it’s hard to really know what that means until you’ve seen someone in action who truly embodies it. One person who’s seen that firsthand is Vikram Sarma.

Vikram grew up in the Detroit suburbs in an area he considered himself privileged to live in. The local auto company executives all had golf club memberships nearby, and that created summer work for kids like him. At the age of thirteen, he got his first job as a caddie at a local country club. He recalls it was an exciting job to get as a ...

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