But, of course, he never got the chance. That could be said of most people. Usually, it happens with far less drama. There is no application process. Your colleagues don’t know you’re gunning for a big job. It’s more subtle. You don’t get the right mentor, or maybe the opportunity for advancement doesn’t come at the exact time you’re ready for it. Things slip-slide away.
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