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The Very, Very Rich and How They Got That Way: The spectacular success stories of 15 men who made it to the very, very top by Max Gunther

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10. Do You Need Luck to Make a Million?

The men in this gallery have used many and varied techniques to hoist themselves to the top of the financial heap. Salesmanship, borrowed money, technical innovation, plain old-fashioned audacity – we’ve watched and will watch these and other techniques and approaches being applied. We can analyze the techniques in a general way, for each is tangible enough so that you can grab it, turn it around and upside down, study it from this angle and that. Each seems capable of being taught, at least to a minor extent, by one man to another.

Now let’s look at another component of success whose qualities are quite different: luck.

Luck can’t be taught by or transferred from one man to another. It can’t easily ...

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