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Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success by Max Gunther

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13. The Speeders

We’ve looked at some men who succeeded with such violent speed that it might almost be called sinful. The fellow who originated the tortoise-and-hare fable would undoubtedly call it sinful, as would anybody who subscribes to the platitudes old John D. Rockefeller delivered along with his bright dimes. Our culture generally seems fidgety and uncomfortable in the presence of instant success, as though the rapid risers were violating some obscure code of natural or metaphysical laws. The culture is still bound by the “slow-money ethic.” Americans and Europeans harbor an almost religious reverence for what is fondly called “honest sweat” as against canny brainwork, for the long route against the risky shortcut, the dull against ...

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