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By Joshua Piven

I felt, intuitively, that success exists. It’s like capitalism: For higher or for
worse, and even if you suspect in it or now not, 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 greatly compelling tales of triumph (or misfortune), likely opposed to all odds and good judgment. after they have been requested what that they had in universal, continuously their resolution used to be: sturdy good fortune, or now not adequate of it. The beneficiary of his personal model of amazing good fortune in publishing, Piven determined to take a more in-depth examine how this phenomenon performs a component in good fortune and survival.

As good fortune might Have It bargains a desirable survey of the phenomenon, provided via terrific first- individual tales: the swimming pool repairman who had just a hundred-dollar invoice to pay for his scorching puppy, requested for his swap in lottery tickets, and gained $180 million; the girl who survived a airplane crash at sea; the teller who used to be struck via lightning whereas at his window contained in the financial institution; the man who invented the puppy Rock. Weaving the subjects’ personal ideals approximately their stories with compelling study on likelihood, chance, and success psychology, As success could Have It additionally comprises learn on the way to organize for good fortune, the right way to take care of it whilst it arrives, and the way to make the alternatives that might aid us take advantage of luck.

Mesmerizing, via turns hilarious and harrowing, As success might Have It bargains a chain of eventualities which are straight away incredible and vividly genuine.

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There is a curious antagonism between elms and humanity, and about orchids all sensitive persons agree there is some thing sinister. Tropical vegetation, as a whole, is over-powerful for humanity. Under the tremendous stimulation of the solar fire the elemental forces are concentrated to a poisonous strength. I am not personally acquainted with the West Coast of Africa, but from what I can gather I am of the opinion that the elemental forces and the atmosphere made by Juju rites are between them more responsible than the climate for earning that part of the world its sinister reputation as the White Man's Grave.

After this there were no more smashings of crockery. I have already noted my exceptionally bad head for heights. I have found that it is considerably mitigated, temporarily at any rate, by the Invocation of Air. I am of the opinion that the curious impulse which causes people for no reason whatsoever to commit suicide by throwing themselves from heights may be due to the same impulse that causes people who are obsessed by the Element of Water to swim out to sea, as I have recorded of Swinburne.

But it is not enough that we should merely describe the conditions and state the problem in these pages. Our aim is essentially practical. What then can be done when a non-human has to be faced and dealt with? It must be clearly realised that any mating between a human and a non-human is a hopeless proposition. In the first place, it can only be the preamble to a divorce, because non-humans are promiscuous in their sexual habits; and, secondly, there is nothing in the nature of a non-human that can satisfy the higher aspirations of the human.

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