The Bootstrap

I vividly remember one of the times as a teenager I received a dose of tough love from my parents. I had just spent two consecutive miserable days looking for a summer job without a trace of success. At dinner, I shared my frustrations with mom and dad, seeking solace. They listened intently, nodded approvingly and were seemingly sympathetic - but then dropped a parental bomb. “Well, you gotta get used to it. Life’s tough. Tomorrow’s another day. You should try a different approach. Pick yourself up by your bootstraps.”

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