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The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All by Jon Gordon

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Chapter 3The Carpenter

A few days later, after helping Sarah and the kids get ready for school in the morning, Michael took a slow walk in the park. It wasn’t something he wanted to do. It was something Sarah made him do. The doctor advised him to do some light exercise to keep his blood flowing and also said he could do any of his normal activities, besides work, that didn’t cause him stress. After walking, Michael grabbed a water bottle in the kitchen and saw the carpenter’s card still sitting on the counter. He looked at it for a few moments and decided it was time to say thank you in person.

It’s not every day you get to meet the person who saved your life, Michael thought, as he sat in bumper-to-bumper city traffic. What if I don’t like him? We know he’s a horrible marketer. What if he turns out to be a horrible person? Michael considered a number of possibilities as he passed the road construction that was causing the traffic, and decided the man deserved a thank you regardless of the kind of person he was. After all, it’s not every day you need someone to save your life.

At noon Michael pulled up to 111 Main Street, a large, beautiful, newly constructed home with a circular driveway packed with pick-up trucks. When he walked in the front door he saw a bunch of men painting the walls and ceiling as the sounds of hammering and sawing filled the air. He walked to the kitchen and noticed a dark-skinned man with shoulder-length brown hair. He was dressed in blue jeans, brown ...

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