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  •  Well, successful shysters and crooks aren't lucky (1+ / 0-)
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    EthrDemon

    either...they work hard to get good at stealing. J/s.

    Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

    by GoGoGoEverton on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 07:18:53 AM PST

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    •  Most of the rich are (1+ / 0-)
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      the people who are resourceful, opportunistic, and strategically minded.  Those traits, in abundance, mean way more than luck or hard work.  They mean even more than high intellect.

      I am not "rich" by my definition.  But, I am probably near the bottom of the top 2%, statistically thinking.  There are many people luckier than me.  There are many people who would outscore me on an IQ test.  And,...there are many, many people who work harder than me.  Fortunately, I am probably in the top 10% in all those areas - which you need to advance to the top 5% (unless you can shoot a basketball, or sing, or act).  But, I'll be the first to admit that I got mine through resourcefulness, opportunistic decision-making, and good strategy.

      With those traits, you stand a far better chance of getting rich than winning the birth lottery.  

      •  And I don't think you'd argue that it all "rich" (0+ / 0-)

        are rich in a good way, or through only benevolent work. That doesn't make them overtly "lucky" though, anymore than a guy who robs a bank is "lucky" to have all that money.

        Justified anger does not grant you unrestricted license.

        by GoGoGoEverton on Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 02:41:31 PM PST

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