CHAPTER 1The Working World: No More Trophies for Participation

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.

—George Iles

The only source of knowledge is experience.

—Albert Einstein

I was three months into my first job out of college and I was facing the event that each year strikes fear into the hearts of employees across the country. It was time for my first performance review.

Whereas many people are scared of having to face their boss and get (often critical) feedback about how they do their jobs, I, on the other hand, was excited.

Even though I had only been in my position for a short time, I felt I really had a handle on what I was doing. I had made an effort not to bother my boss with a laundry list of silly questions. Instead ...

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