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What Fire Hydrants Taught Me About Taking Chances

Taking ChancesDoug Stardate

Taking chances when I was young came easily without all the baggage of life experiences.

When I was 17, our local newspaper ran an ad requesting bids for a summer contract to paint the city’s fire hydrants. With complete confidence typical of young guys at that age, I prepared and submitted a bid.  Although I had never painted fire hydrants and didn’t know the first thing about bidding on city contracts, I figured I had nothing to lose to submit a bid.  And since neither my dad nor any other adult for that matter tried to discourage me, I figured, what the heck, it would be really cool if I won the contract.  To my great surprise, I won the contract!

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