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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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19 YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK

Smiles’ conviction that the power to improve lies entirely in our own hands means that he was not a believer in the idea of bad luck: ‘It will often be found that men who are constantly lamenting their luck, are in some way or other reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, improvidence, or want of application.’

Smiles’ view is that bad luck is often nothing more than a cover for personal underperformance. By the same token if you want a little more good luck in your life then it's time to go out and make some.

DEFINING IDEA…

All of us have bad luck andgood luck. The man who persiststhrough the bad luck – whokeeps right on going – is the manwho is there when the good luckcomes, and is ready ...

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