We love to hear stories of big breaks. They’re the dramatic ones, the ones that move ahead multiple spaces in life’s big Parcheesi game.
But big breaks come from little ones. Talented violinists get the call to perform at Carnegie Hall because they had a dozen little breaks performing at smaller venues. An entrepreneur finds their big investor because she made three small connections who combined to introduce her to the people with the funds.
Here, in no particular order, are some of my little breaks:
-Having a teacher in 6th grade who nurtured and admired my writing.
-Being cast in a show that taught me to love theater.
-Getting the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford in graduate school.
-Publishing an essay at a tiny, but well-received, web magazine.
At the time, those felt like big breaks. In retrospect, they were small, but they put me on the road to bigger things, and they are the moments I cherish more than anything.
What are the little breaks that meant a lot to you?
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