the cat would eat fish, but would not wet her feet

the cat would eat fish, but would not wet her feet

In order to get what you want, you must be willing to take risks and endure annoyances. I know it will be a lot of work, but you're so qualified that you have to try for this promotion—the cat would eat fish, but would not wet her feet.
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