Recently, I received a call from someone I hadn’t heard from in more than 20 years. The caller and I, along with several others, had shared a house in Phoenix in the early 1980s.

A true salesman by nature, he was the classic definition of an underachiever — terrifically smart with a smooth delivery — but he had bounced aimlessly from career to career, never remaining in one place long enough to establish roots.

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