“I’m still annoyed with my mother for the advice she gave me. And that’s really saying something, since her counsel came more than 30 years ago, and Mom is no longer around for me to (lovingly! ever so lovingly!) shake my fist at.
I was fresh out of school and starting my summer internship at our hometown newspaper, The Buffalo News. And my parents, having paid a lot of tuition bills, were understandably eager for me to do that very adult thing: Get a Real Job.
So as I prepared for my first day, while briefly sharing my childhood bedroom again with my stuffed animals, Mom offered me a two-word formula for success: ‘Ingratiate yourself.'”
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