“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Thomas Edison, inventor

When I met Richard Parks on my first day at university as a bright-eyed 18-year-old, I couldn’t have predicted that he would remain one of my closest friends today – nearly 20 years on. But I would never have believed anyone if they had predicted that he would also become one of my most successful friends. He laughed all the time and, to be honest, I thought he was kind of goofy at first. So how did he become one of the richest people I know?

Richard is currently an executive vice-president of a software business. Five years ago, he and his former business partners sold a previous business, netting him a pay-off in the mid seven figures. ...

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