When Stacey Abrams was 18 years old, she spent a long night in a college computer lab, mapping out the next 40 years of her life.

Heartbroken after being dumped by her then-boyfriend, she channelled her energy into a Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet of ambitious goals, according to her political memoir. By 24, she would write a bestselling spy novel. By 30, she would be a millionaire entrepreneur. By 35, she would be the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia...

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