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As Luck Would Have It: Incredible Stories, from Lottery Wins by Joshua Piven

By Joshua Piven

I felt, intuitively, that success exists. It’s like capitalism: For larger or for
worse, and even if you think in it or no longer, good fortune is inescapable. —from As good fortune might Have It

While cowriting the books within the Worst-Case state of affairs Survival guide sequence, Joshua Piven stumbled on dozens of individuals with enormously compelling tales of triumph (or misfortune), likely opposed to all odds and common sense. once they have been requested what that they had in universal, normally their resolution was once: solid success, or now not adequate of it. The beneficiary of his personal model of amazing good fortune in publishing, Piven determined to take a better examine how this phenomenon performs a component in good fortune and survival.

As good fortune might Have It deals a desirable survey of the phenomenon, offered via wonderful first- individual tales: the swimming pool repairman who had just a hundred-dollar invoice to pay for his scorching puppy, requested for his switch in lottery tickets, and received $180 million; the girl who survived a aircraft crash at sea; the teller who was once struck by way of lightning whereas at his window contained in the financial institution; the man who invented the puppy Rock. Weaving the subjects’ personal ideals approximately their reviews with compelling examine on probability, chance, and success psychology, As good fortune could Have It additionally comprises examine on how you can arrange for good fortune, the right way to take care of it while it arrives, and the way to make the alternatives that might aid us take advantage of luck.

Mesmerizing, by way of turns hilarious and harrowing, As good fortune may Have It bargains a chain of eventualities which are right now incredible and vividly actual.

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And they who, day by day, endeavor to harmonize their hearts with the heart of the Supreme Good, do in reality acquire true health, wealth, and happiness. 33 JAMES ALLEN THE PATH OF PROSPERITY There is no protection to compare with goodness, and by “goodness” I do not mean a mere outward conformity to the rules of morality; I mean pure thought, noble aspiration, unselfish love, and freedom from vainglory. To dwell continually in good thoughts, is to throw around oneself a psychic atmosphere of sweetness and power which leaves its impress upon all who come in contact with it.

45 JAMES ALLEN THE PATH OF PROSPERITY Exhausted, fainting, I pursued no more, But sank to rest upon a barren shore. One came and asked for food, and one for alms I placed the bread and gold in bony palms. One came for sympathy, and one for rest; I shared with every needy one my best; When, Io! sweet Happiness, with form divine, Stood by me, whispering softly, ‘I am thine’. These beautiful lines of Burleigh’s express the secret of all abounding happiness. Sacrifice the personal and transient, and you rise at once into the impersonal and permanent.

The faultless completion of small tasks leads inevitably to larger tasks. See to it that you rise by steady climbing, and you will never fall. And herein lies the secret of true power. Learn, by constant practice, how to husband your resources, and to concentrate them, at any moment, upon a given point. The foolish waste all their mental and spiritual energy in frivolity, foolish chatter, or selfish argument, not to mention wasteful physical excesses. If you would acquire overcoming power you must cultivate poise and passivity.

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