“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” -Mark Twain

Meet Some of Simeon Johnson’s Unsung Heroes


“Every morning, before the sun rises, electrician Kolya Jackowski leaves his two-family home in Brooklyn. He rarely knows what the entire day will bring…At any given moment, even in the middle of the night, one or more customers will call him on his cell phone…”


“With a two-foot pile of paperwork atop her already crowded desk, social worker Michiko Tamara rummages through a drawer to find a bottle of correction fluid. At the same time, she answers the phone, which has been ringing non-stop for the past three hours…”


“Long before the sun rises, fishmonger Joe Esposito has already had his second cup of coffee and finished a plate of scrambled eggs at the local diner down the street from his loft, in Manhattan’s meatpacking district on the lower west side. His next step is the Fulton Fish Market, where hordes of his fellow fishmongers scour the catches of the morning…”


“It’s noon on a Friday, and dishwasher Carlos Perez is starting his long weekend shift. He left his home in the Bronx two hours before to get on a bus, and then another, that takes him to the suburbs of New Jersey. There, at the 300-seat La Familia Ristorante, with its gilded doors and red velvet-covered chairs, is where Carlos works six days a week, washing dishes for over 12 hours straight.”


“Pushing a meal cart, hospital orderly Mohmed Jawad jauntily walks down the lengthy corridor of his new employer. Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. After 14 very long months, Mohmed finally found a job – and with a reputable institution at that. How fortunate he feels!”

Hospital orderly at work

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