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Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success by Max Gunther

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17. Route Maps

The previous chapter needs to be put in its proper perspective. It is true that some of the most spectacular quick piles have arisen from original ideas and inventions, and it is great fun to imagine oneself generating such an idea and listening to the applause and banking the long green. But we have noted before, and should remind ourselves now, that it isn’t necessary to produce something brilliantly original in order to join this fast company. The rapid risers we have visited are a richly varied lot. Some have displayed startling originality, but others have not.

Let’s examine the route they took in winning their fast fortunes. We won’t attempt a formal statistical analysis, for our sample includes only a couple of dozen ...

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