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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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3 BIG BUSINESS AND BIG BUSINESSMEN

Never think there's something mean about doing business, unless you are yourself a mean person. As Smiles says: ‘It has been a favourite fallacy with dunces in all times, that men of genius are unfitted for business, as well as that business occupations unfit men for the pursuits of genius.’

DEFINING IDEA…

Seest thou a man diligentin his business? He shallstand before kings.

~ PROVERBS OF SOLOMON

We still talk about business as if it were a dirty process. We ‘roll up our sleeves’ and ‘get our hands dirty’ in the pursuit of ‘dirty cash’ and ‘filthy lucre’ but there is nothing inherently demeaning about business itself. Smiles tells us: ‘All work that brings honest gain is honourable, whether it be of ...

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