He learned to sell himself and make his own way. Anything he got, he got on his own. No one staked him. Growing up, and apart from one or two part-time jobs, I never even considered working for someone else. For the past thirty-five years, I've also made my own way, digging for opportunities, selling myself and serving people. Until very recently I never thought about where the entrepreneurial spirit came from. I always thought that no one staked me. But I was blind. In my youthful contempt for his deficiencies I missed the opportunity to take better advantage of what he had to give. That's my past loss. But it's also my future gain.