The job Shifters

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To Injure No Man But to Bless All Mankind.
Mary Baker Eddy

Daily Bread – February 20, 2012

The Job Shifters

The Christian Science Monitor

February 6, 2012

Mr. Blair remembers the lice. Before being put in a juvenile detention facility or joining a gang, he was living in a shed behind his sister’s house. He had left home because his father, a former corporate vice president who Blair says became a drug addict, had accused him (erroneously) of stealing his gun collection and had threatened him. The shed was a haven; it was also infested with lice.

“It didn’t matter how much I showered or what I tried to do to my hair to get rid of them – the next day they would be back,” he writes in his new book, “Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain.” “Finally, in an act of desperation to be rid of the lice, I decided to shave my head.”

When school officials learned of his living arrangements, they confronted his mother and persuaded her to leave her husband. She got a tiny house in a gang-ridden neighborhood, which drew Blair into a life of shoplifting and fighting. But it also led to his mother finding a job, working her way up from deli clerk to department manager, and dating a customer who turned out to be a successful real estate entrepreneur. The entrepreneur’s business and lifestyle began to show Blair that there were other, legitimate ways to get ahead. Eventually, the man would become his stepfather.

“Having a mentor is unequivocally the one thing that all the successful people I know have in common,” Blair says.

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The jobshifters: people who reinvent  – Christian Science Monitor