He was an awful student.
He rarely showed up for class and when he did, he was always in trouble: papers late, tests a disaster. He'd actually pay people to do his homework.
I frankly think if he wasn't so funny, no one would have given him the time of day.
You see, he had a knack for impressions and just putting you at ease. You just loved being with him. I did.
Years later, as we went our separate ways, I heard he continued in life much the same.
Went to college. Dropped out of college.
Went to another college. Got kicked out of that college.
Then junked it all and back-packed through Europe — alone.
That was the last I heard of him, until I heard this: He's become a CEO.
You heard me right, a chief executive officer at an up-and-coming mid-size technology concern.
It turns out he developed a knack for gadgets: loved them, knew them, played with them, breathed them.
Now he's a big muckety-muck overseeing them.
In a company populated by Wharton MBAs and Harvard grads, this guy who cut classes is now cutting a commanding salary.
Clearly he got his life together, so who am I to bring up the time his life was not? I'm told he was the "easy" choice because everyone liked him, laughed with him, enjoyed him.
Hope springs eternal, my friends.
Sometimes it's not necessarily "what" you bring to the table, but whether others enjoy having you there in the first place.
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