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“Amer­i­cans fan­ta­size about the good life—a big house, a fancy car, stylish clothes, va­ca­tions in far-flung ex­otic lo­cales—and they of­ten en­vi­sion this lux­u­ri­ous life paid for by a wildly lu­cra­tive ca­reer, most of­ten in en­ter­tain­ment, ath­let­ics, or mu­sic. But re­search demon­strates that a lot of those who ended up wealthy did so by liv­ing the op­po­site of that os­ten­ta­tious cham­pagne-and-caviar lifestyle. And they of­ten did so by work­ing hard, in jobs that re­quired a great deal of ed­u­ca­tion and ded­i­ca­tion. Some formed a small busi­ness and steadily built it over a life­time. The good life rarely ‘just hap­pens’ to peo­ple.”

Jim Ger­aghty in Na­tion­alRe­view.com

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