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Understanding Y by Charlie Caruso

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CHAPTER 18 Start-Up Y

Chris Piper

I never did like the status quo.

In kindergarten I was convinced my teacher and I were in love and it was perfectly acceptable for me to give her foot massages while she was reading Berenstain Bears books to our class, as we sat eagerly listening on our classroom floor. Now I realise how creepy that was but, nonetheless, the twenty-something-year age gap between us wasn't my concern as a five year old. I like to think that I was attempting to assert my alpha male status early on.

After graduating college with a bachelor's degree in marketing and armed to the gills with a large ego and little experience, I was ready to take the world by storm. Little did I know I would be greeted only with unpaid internship offers that included benefits such as ‘free pay’ or which required ‘three to five years of relevant experience’ — the latter of which I didn't have and the former I couldn't accept.

I was terrified of becoming one of those people who had a master's degree in biology but somehow ended up working as a human resources coordinator for a clothing company — not because they lost their love for dolphins, but because it's what was available.

Concession after concession, their career (life) dream floats away, only to find themselves 20 ...

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