Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.
— MAHATMA GANDHI
I AM SITTING AT THE SAME DESK where I thought so hard about what to write in the Introduction to this book. What can I say? That I hope you've enjoyed the book and will profit from it as you continue your own journey toward a prosperous future? I'd rather tell a story.
Sometimes the letter carrier brings the happiest news. One day a few years ago, he delivered a beautifully embossed envelope. I guess I shouldn't have felt all that surprised by the card inside. After all, I had attended an event that had prompted this invitation (more about that in a moment). But I still felt quite a thrill of anticipation when I read: