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50 Jobs in 50 States by Daniel Seddiqui

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EPILOGUEA LESSON FROM AMERICA

I was standing before a packed auditorium of eager college students uncertain about their future and hoping to get some answers from my lecture. I could have talked about anything and everything related to my fifty-week journey across America — from what I thought about my country before I started to how I came to realize that understanding other people helps you understand yourself. But I wanted to focus on the five critical elements of my success: perseverance, adaptability, networking, risk-taking, and endurance.

“Failing forty-plus job interviews was the best thing that had ever happened to me,” I explained to the audience. I knew this sounded weird, but I would never have started my journey if I had not failed ...

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