Don’t Sell Yourself Short: How to Create Winning Conditions, Achieve 16-year-long Dreams, and Flourish in Your Career
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Have you had that moment you were watching a tv show or reading an article and said, “Wow! That would be so cool!”? 

Christine Hofbeck relentlessly pursued a dream for 16 years, even when her friends and coworkers thought she was crazy for putting in applications year after year.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear about how her experiences and the pursuit of this dream completely changed her life and her work and even how she had some incredible embarrassing moments in front of millions of people.


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