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Instant Millionaires: The Secrets of Overnight Success by Max Gunther

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3. Two Well-Traveled Routes

While it is still possible to become instantly rich by promoting a new kind of candy, inventing a table game or designing a new style of pants, other routes are more likely to lead to rapid riches in the 1970s. Two routes particularly – prominent in the news – come to mind as areas paved with gold in our own era, and we might as well begin our modern studies by looking at them. They are the computer industry and the stock market.

Over the past decade, many happy men have won instant success in these two noisy, exciting, turbulent businesses – often in both businesses at once. (It should, of course, also be pointed out that untold numbers traveling the same routes have become instantly poor.) The computer industry ...

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