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Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody
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Jul 26, 2011

it was ok
Read in July, 2011

Very quick read (58 pages total) and very simple concepts, such as the author's belief in starting "fundamentally innovative, morally compelling and philosophically positive companies," that "B-students" start companies and "A-students" are hired to manage those companies, and that is important to understand "the difference between being lucky and being smart."

While I appreciate the candor and simplicity of the book, and stories of the author's successes are mostly entertaining, it's a bit too falsely modest and self-congratulatory at some points (e.g., the author relates a story where he had started to answer a question that he didn't know the answer to, but then his partner stops him and says, "We don't know," and then the author uses that as an example of his own ability to admit when he doesn't know the answer to a question). And, as the author points out himself in the concluding chapter, what worked for him might not work for others.

Still, he's a millionaire and a published author, and I'm not, so there's that.
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