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What’s in a word — BRIEF

I got a message on LinkedIn from a long-lost friend.

Someone I’ve spent hundreds of hours with and have not heard from in years.

Not the type of person I would ever expect to use LinkedIn.

I sent out an excited (perhaps an overly excited) message.

And got back a lukewarm response saying that he would be “willing to have a brief phone call.”

I was disappointed. I was hurt. I was crushed. All in one simple word.

And he, this ungrateful arch-villain who had destroyed my hopes and dreams.

He just was not the man I had thought him to be. He was like a different person.

Quite literally.

He was, in fact, an unrelated person in a different field, working in a different field, having graduated from a different university, and living in on a different continent.

Fortunately, I realized this so that I didn’t say something dumb and merely felt dumb instead.

Perhaps I’ll even look for my long-lost friend.

Perhaps he is hiding in plain sight on LinkedIn.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals


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