Twenty years late: Thank you…

by. Anthony Demangone

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. – Steve Jobs

Last week, I was in Philadelphia for NAFCU’s Management and Leadership Institute.  As I looked out the 33rd floor window at the city skyline, a buried memory rushed to the surface. I worked in Philadelphia in the summer of 1993.  I lived with my cousin Sean, and we spent our nights exploring the city and rooting on the Phils.

That’s where I worked in 1993.

I wrote for my college newspaper, and I thought I was a fantastic writer.   So I was attracted to one job opening in particular – a “gopher” position inside a Philadelphia publishing house.  I pulled out a resume and pounded out a cover letter.

A few days later, they called to set up an interview.  On the big day, I had a fantastic visit. The job would be perfect. Many of the tasks would be basic, but if I stuck it out, there’d be press releases I could write. Plus I could sit quietly in staff meetings and soak it all in. I was excited.

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