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 workplace was not something I was entitled to - it was a privilege.
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+<h2 id="seize_opportunities">The Importance of Seizing Opportunities</h2>
+
+<p>
+A good hacker knows better than to create imaginary problems. If an opportunity
+comes into your way - seize it, and don't read into the minds of those who
+offer it, and their motivations. You were invited to give a talk? Go for it!
+It doesn't matter if you were invited because you are
+female/black/Indian/Japanese/young/old/whatever. Were you offered to write
+a guest post on a weblog? Go for it! Again - it doesn't matter why.
+A member of the appropriate sex asked you on a date and you like them
+and find them attractive? Go for it!
+</p>
+
+<p>
+The end result of being cynical and not seizing opportunities and not allowing
+people to open doors for you is becoming something like
+the pitiful and tragic character of
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Nemo">Captain
+    Nemo</a> in
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Thousand_Leagues_Under_the_Sea">Jules
+    Verne’s excllent novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”</a>
+who roams the seas, causing a lot of destruction of lives - all in the name
+of his own incompetence. The end result of seizing opportunities as you run
+into them is being happy, and eventually standing on your own. Perhaps up to
+the point of becoming a superhero such as Saladin, Sir Isaac Newton, Henry
+Ford, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, or
+<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle_Onassis">Aristotle
+    Onassis</a>, who despite their many faults (often not uncommon in their
+times) were incredibly noble, led a happy life, and died as accomplished and
+highly-admired people. I hope the living heroes and heroines I admire today
+will not have to die, but if they do, that their reputation won’t be tarnished
+by many people who are jealous or envious of their success and competence.
+</p>
+
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