It was 1998 and I was a year out of college. I had starry eyes and big (if vague) dreams. I graduated with a business degree and I was going to go into... business. Somewhere I was going to make my mark. Maybe I'd go into the stock market where it seemed like the stocks just kept going up and up. Maybe I'd jump in with a dot-com company that was all the rage at the time. Surely someone would see my talents and give me those glorious stock options I'd heard so much about. In fact, I considered the new American dream to be to build a company from scratch and then sell it for a huge windfall of money. For the moment though, I toiled in my entry level position and did what I could to fit into new surroundings and make a few new friends along the way.