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Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success by Max Gunther

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11. The Man Who Decided to be Rich

Most of the rapid risers we’ve met so far won their instant success at least partly by accident. Certainly they hoped to be rich; certainly they aimed at that goal as carefully as circumstances allowed. But in many of their stories the element of chance loomed large, at least in the beginning.

Dan Renn just happened to be inspired by another man’s idea. Charles Darrow invented Monopoly for no particular reason. Jean Nidetch was motivated mainly by a desire to lose weight. Bob Markowski established his fueling service at Grand Island, Nebraska, for the homey reason that he lived in the vicinity – and it turned out, by great good luck, that this was exactly the right place to establish an aircraft fuel stop. ...

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