When Chris Button transitioned out of the Army after 11 years of service, he drew from the foundational skills he learned in the airborne infantry, and then as a drill instructor and combat engineer to build a successful career in the construction industry. A quick start in private industry was promising,but after two years in commercial construction management, Button found himself out of work. An advertisement in the local newspaper for a temporary position at Sodexo changed the trajectory of his future.
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You’ve probably learned by now that the world doesn’t owe you anything: It’s indifferent to your preferences and plans. It’s hard and unwelcoming. But you’ve definitely learned that, with the right kind of energy and ingenuity, the big harsh world can bend to your will just a little — and sometimes, that “just a little” is enough to make things work.
History is made by those who show up, the old cliche goes. For modern political life, the message is clear: Every vote matters, so long as you actually take the time to cast it. Indeed, modern U.S. government is full of examples of a few votes — or a single vote — making all the difference: