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[Stiggers] Dreams Deferred

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Ken Stiggers

Miss Doodle Mae: "Jojo hired a few college graduates to work during the summer at his Discount Dollar Store. The temporary summer employees reported to work with their heads hanging low. They are depressed because of the struggling economy and the lack of employment in their field of study. The $40-thousand-dollar-a-year job is just a dream deferred. Today our scholars must settle for a minimum-wage job at a dollar store in the ghetto. Jojo felt the college graduates' shame and frustration during the new employee orientation session, so he decided to give his new employees a much-needed pep talk."

Jojo: "You're thinking that this job is way below your standard. Don't allow this temporary circumstance to control your thinking. In the meantime, apply your acquired knowledge to develop and grow in the discount dollar store business. As an entrepreneur with a college education, the possibilities are endless. You could advance to the level of store manager, regional director or owner of several stores. All it takes is a good idea, plenty of diligence and lots of focus. Just do the best you can each day. Help someone along the way. And, in time, your star will shine when you make your dreams come true."

Miss Doodle Mae: "Oh, well. Jojo did his best to motivate the disappointed college grads. Now it's time to get the store ready for the Jojo's Discount Dollar Store Father's Day Tie and House Slippers Sale."

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