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Whistle While You Work by David Shapiro, Richard Leider

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Chapter 1what do I want to be when I grow up?

Everything Happens for a Reason

I’m already late for my plane. The alarm in my hotel room didn’t go off—or maybe I slept right through it. I’m stressing hard; if I miss this flight, I’ll be two hours late for my meeting, not to mention deeply embarrassed in front of my clients when I finally do show my face.

Traffic is awful. My taxi driver coughs and shifts in his seat as he faces the long line of cars ahead of him. I see his reflection in the rear-view mirror. He looks like he’s straight from Central Casting’s cab driver department: the big, red, Karl Malden nose, the watery bloodshot eyes, the few greasy strands of hair sticking out from under the flattened wool cap.

“What time’s your flight?” ...

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