Those 20 words are the basis for your game plan.
Your future hinges on what you do to become that person, starting with the career you choose, the people you work with and the kind of boss who can bring out the best in you.
Beginning now we encourage you to pursue opportunities that allow the best part of you to be nurtured and developed.
If you're working your way through college, or plan to work your way through school or just need to work, then choose environments that will keep you focused on becoming the man or woman you were meant to be.
The best possible you can be developed through work or volunteer experiences and internships where you choose a supervisor willing and capable of developing those qualities you wrote about in Step 2, even if your 'real job' hasn't yet begun.
Think about Mr. Gardner. He did an internship without pay to prove to his boss that he could be an asset as a stock broker.
He had promised his son he would be a good father, a man his son could respect, and he would be successful in his field.
He did what he had to do. He began by choosing a leader who believed in him enough to give him a chance. You can do this, too. Hey, it was a real-life story.
It doesn't mean they're going to be easy jobs, and you may not even like your boss at first. But you'll know you're in the right place because your spidey sense makes you feel it.
It will be confirmed over time if you're becoming stronger, smarter, more confident, happier and more honest with yourself. You're stretched in a way that feels right.
How willing are you to follow this advice?