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ISBN-13: 978-0787976071 ISBN-10: 0787976075
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This charming, easy-to read volume explains the difference between luck, which "doesn’t last long, because it does not depend on you" and Good Luck, which "is created by each of us: that’s why it lasts forever." In friendly, fairy tale style, the authors tell a story of two knights seeking to find a magic four-leaf clover in an enchanted forest, and along the way impart wisdom about making one’s own luck. The allegory is peppered with "Rules of Good Luck" and other mantras that manage—most of the time—to ring true. The knight who makes his own luck and ultimately succeeds, of course, is the one who sees obstacles and challenges, not insurmountable impediments, and who works to overcome them intelligently. He creates new conditions, seeks to help others, is unafraid to take action, doesn’t give up and realizes that opportunity is always out there. The story is inspiring, and a series of quotes from celebrities and sages near the end reinforces the idea that success comes from learning how to make one’s own luck.
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“...close to notching up worldwide sales of one million in countries as varied as Germany, Indonesia and North Korea…” (The Guardian, 26th September 2004)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass (August 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787976075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787976071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nighttime Reader on October 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift. It has something for everyone both personally and professionally. Now that its available in the US I hope I'm "ahead of the curve" to use it for holiday and client gift giving. It's a really quick read with practical ideas you think about long after you finish it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Wang on February 5, 2008
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This is one of the most hopeful and inspiring books I had read. I loved it so much that I bought copies to give as Christmas gifts! Very uplifting !!! And it is such a nice reminder that opportunity is always here, and that every plot (no matter where in the forest) has the potential to succeed. It's what we think, act, and do that makes it successful or not.

May you find your 4 leaf clover and your good luck life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Y. Zhang on March 2, 2007
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This is a very good book. Unlike a lot of other books that keep going on and on over hundreds of pages basically trying to make the same point, this book has a very good short story that's easy to understand and unforgettable. I want to read it to my kids someday.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Zev Saftlas on December 9, 2004
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This is a classic little tale within a story that demonstrates the difference between the luck and good luck. I know many of you out there are relying on winning the lotto-to achieve financial freedom. I admit. I know this first hand. I wished for years that my financial salvation would come through six winning numbers on a NY lotto ticket. Then one day it hit me, what if this never happens? ... what's my backup plan? So I started working on building several streams of income AND made a commitment not to rely on the lottery and not to buy lottery tickets for at least 1 year. (It was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made.)

The essence of this fabulous little book is that you create your own luck. Yes you can get lucky and you may be the next mega jackpot winner...but if you want to GREATLY increase your chances of getting luck without SUPER MIRACLES I urge you to read this book today. I think its message is classic and timeless. This book also makes a great gift for anyone that you know needs to hear this message.

Zev Saftlas, Author of Motivation That Works
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom-Cat on November 18, 2004
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Someone gave me a copy and I liked the book a lot. It really makes you think about the extent to which you control the good things in your life.

There's a big difference between being lucky and winning the lotto, and reaping good fortune because you've made the right choices in your business and your life.

In business, you can be a whiner or a winner. This book hits that nail right on the head.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ServantofGod on November 12, 2004
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There are countless books in the market which attempt to tell you that success comes from preparation, hard work, fortitude, etc. I read many of them, but I forgot them real fast. The reason why "Good Luck" is so outstanding is that it tells the whole thing, how somebody can enjoy "good luck" consistently, in a very interesting and memorable story that one can hardly forget and can even reinforce itself through telling it to others. I think most people know the principles, and so a good reminder (two knights in a forest) will work very well. In fact, the style of this book is a close resemblance of "Who moved my cheese?", though I think "Good Luck" is even better, both content and story writing wise.

For your information, I bought this book because I was told over 800k of the Japanese translation of this "Spanish" book had been sold. I believe it will be a worldwide bestseller in the forseeable future. If you dont wanna miss something great, get one and read it ASAP!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tri H. Nguyen on March 20, 2007
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the story in this book is lovely and encouraging. Good Luck comes to those who are hardworking. if you need an inspiration or want to encourage someone, then this is the great book to buy.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Johnny D on December 2, 2004
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This book has been inspirational to me. I came across it in a bookstore and picked it up and read it in a night. Sid and Nod--two nights--they kind of compete to find good luck. Reminds me of the Alchemist. Just a short fable that tells you, you'll get what you want if you realize luck is all around you. It's up to you to go out and get it. This is a must-read by two professors from Barcelona. I'm buying 20 books to give to all of my clients this year.
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