Sitting in Terminal C at New York’s LaGuardia Airport six months ago, I opened an email from a policy institute where I had applied for a fellowship. For months leading up to the day I submitted my application, friends who were already fellows in the program told me there was no question I would be accepted. Combining my military and work experience, I, too, felt as though I were a great fit.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.