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The Memo by John Hope Bryant

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RULE 4Don’t Just Get a Job—Be Entrepreneurial

I don’t like it when people refer to me first and foremost as an author, or a philanthropist, or a community leader, or an adviser to governments, or even a thought leader, as much high regard as that involves.

I am and always have been, first and foremost, an entrepreneur.

This is the attitude that has allowed me to survive, that has sustained my life, and, most of all, that has given me the continual edge on everyone trying to take my seat at the table of opportunity. It is my advantage when all the world is changing and closing in around me.

What everyone needs today—especially anyone looking to leave the Invisible Class—is to be entrepreneurial. It is a crucial survival skill in the twenty-first ...

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