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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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18. The Psychology of the Rich

The question has fascinated psychologists for at least a century: Why do only certain men grow rich?

The question has irritated the rich for almost as long. Why do psychologists come around asking such nutty questions?

The fact is that nobody, including the rich themselves, knows for sure what internal aches and itches operate in a man to lift him above the great sea of the unrich. Clement Stone and other fortune teachers believe they know some of the answers, but most observers feel these can’t be all the answers and probably aren’t even the main ones. Not only are the psychological causes of wealth unknown; there is a strong suspicion that all attempts to elucidate them have been a solemn and scholarly waste ...

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