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The Simple Dollar: How One Man Wiped Out His Debts and Achieved the Life of His Dreams by Trent Hamm

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Chapter 2. What’s Missing?

I watch out the window as my wife and my son drive away with her parents, and I hate every second of it. It’s hard not to see the disappointment on all of their faces as, yet again, I have to turn away an invitation to focus on my work. Several hours later, my wife wakes me up. A half-eaten burrito has congealed on my plate, and I have fallen asleep at the keyboard. As I stagger into our bedroom, my wife tells me that our son had strung together a sentence for the first time at dinner. I peek into his room and see him asleep. I have missed yet another moment—the type of moment I had sworn I would never miss in my child’s life. Was work all I was really living for?

September 2006

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