Elizabeth Gilbert On The First Step To Long-Lasting Happiness

August 19, 2014 1:46 PM

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One morning in 1993, I walked into the offices of a famous magazine in New York City and asked for a job as a writer. I had no appointment, no experience, and not a single published article to my name. But I'd had an epiphany: Nobody was ever going to knock on my door and say, "We understand a talented writer lives here and we'd like to help her with her career!" No. I would have to go knocking on doors.

So I did. I just walked in off the street and asked to be hired as a reporter. And guess what? It didn't work! (Of course it didn't work; they weren't dummies, and I was totally unqualified -- jeez, how do you think the world operates, people?) But I still think of it as one of the most important mo...

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