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I am curious on how your family upbringing has affected you and your aspirations. Do you feel what Colin Powell states in his address valid?

I am looking for a real life correlation into what Colin Powell states in his address regarding the importance of having a functional family. In my personal opinion, I feel that I would be a completely different individual had I not had the strong willingness of my mother and grandmother to push me. Think back to your childhood and ponder the thought of how different you would be had the situation been different.

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    Feb 13 2013: That's hard to say. Perhaps I was born into dysfunction in order to recognize sanity when I finally found it.
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      Feb 13 2013: Thats the issue with this subject matter, the conclusions that can be made are subject to almost complete interpretation.
      Someone could argue that structure in the family unit had a positive effect into forming structure in their own lives, and on the other end of the spectrum it can be argued that the lack of structure in the family created the need in others.
      *shrugs shoulders*

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