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If This Guy Could Make a Portrait Out of Toast, I Can Do Anything Sometimes keeping other people's weird accomplishments in sight helps to keep our own aspirations in perspective.

By Meganne Fabrega Edited by Frances Dodds

This story appears in the December 2021 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

I graduated from college in the early '90s with a major in Italian literature and no clue how I was going to make a living. I struggled to find my footing in a new city, on a new coast, working a variety of jobs, always looking for my "real" career. I was sorely in need of encouragement — ­from anyone, anywhere. One day I opened my mail and found it in the form of a note from my mother. She'd clipped out an image she found in Harper's Magazine; it was a portrait of John Gorrie, the inventor of the first artificial ice machine, that the artist Dennis Gephardt had made entirely out of pieces of toast.

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