CHAPTER 10 It's about Work, Stupid!

Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.

—Andy Warhol

In his successful 1992 U.S. presidential campaign, Bill Clinton used the phrase “It's the economy, stupid” to express what voters were most concerned about (the sluggish recovery from the recession that occurred during George H. W. Bush's four-year term). The phrase has since been adapted to express all statements of the obvious. And it is stating the obvious to say that the only thing that can make you wealthy is…work! However, people love to be sold on the idea that there is some secret, some scheme that can get them rich without having to work. Well, there is one…it's called the lottery, and you have a 14-million-to-1 chance of winning it. Go ahead!

We're not serious, of course. We've already criticized the lottery for preying on people's fears and laziness: It's just gambling, with terrible odds. The other way in which we feel people get conned into thinking that they can get rich without working is the message put about by many of those positive-thinking or law of attraction self-help books that seem to suggest people can make a wish and then sit around waiting for it to come true. As we've said before, there is value in positive thinking—it just needs to be coupled with positive working.

But there's yet another way in which people are sold the idea that riches can be gained without working ...

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