A Tale of Two Achievers

Mike and Joe worked together as software engineers for a rapidly growing technology company in Silicon Valley. Besides being co-workers, they were good friends. One day, Joe decided to leave the company and strike out on his own. A few months earlier, he had freelanced on the side for a noncompeting software company. He really enjoyed the project, and the experience made him realize how big a demand there was for his specific skills. Most of all, Joe wanted his time back. He had two young kids whom he rarely saw during the week because of the long hours he kept at work. So the idea of creating his own schedule was extremely appealing.
However, by the beginning of his second year as a freelance software developer, Joe ...

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