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Initiative, drive and a goal. You need impetus to go for something. If you strive for a goal, chances are you’ll achieve it. —Willie Thornton, Retired, Dorchester
Stay focused. Stay away from nonsense and make sure you know what you want to do. —Nemiah Brown, Barber, Roxbury
Common sense. If you don’t have that, you’ll miss the boat. —John Lopez, Pastor, Roxbury
The most important thing is to focus on what your capabilities are and go to great lengths to achieve your dream. —Etta Moore, Retired/Literacy Teacher, Roxbury
More time in the classroom. I went to school in the South. We had more time to learn than what kids have now. —Clinton Peterson, Jr., Disabled, Boston
A decent education and a plan for their future. They need to set goals. —Angel Walker, Certified Nursing Assistant, Milton
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