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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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18 INTO THE UNKNOWN

If you trust to luck, eventually your luck is bound to run out.

The last few chapters of The Prince are, to put it mildly, a little gloomy. In Chapter 25 Machiavelli discusses fortune.

DEFINING IDEA…

Luck is what you have left overafter you give 100 percent.

~ LANGSTON COLEMAN,AMERICAN FOOTBALL PLAYER

Now, we like to think we're not bound up by fate in the same way that our superstitious ancestors were, but many of us still ascribe far too much power to luck. Machiavelli's not a fatalist, as you can imagine. He criticises those of us who think it is ‘useless to sweat over things’ because fortune and God are in charge. Not so, he says. Fortune ‘is the arbiter of half our actions’. Over the other half, we do have control. ...

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