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Ignore those ever-present naysayers

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As far as you’ve come in this life, people still will try to impose limits on you.

That’s what Kamala Harris, district attorney for San Francisco, warned newly minted graduates at San Francisco State University last year.

Her message: Ignore those people.

Harris said that when she decided to run for district attorney, people considered it a man’s job. No woman or person of color had ever been elected district attorney in San Francisco.

Her first poll put her at a wimpy 6%. “So I was told what you all have probably heard in your life, and that you will certainly hear in your future,” Harris said. “I was told that I should wait my turn. I was told that I should give up. I was told that I had no chance. Well, I didn’t listen.”

Bottom line: Don’t you listen, either.

—Adapted from “With Iraq War as a Backdrop, Speakers Reflect on the Future,” Alan Finder, The New York Times.

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