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About the Author

Richard Goldman was born in Hazleton, PA in 1950, and graduated from Rutgers University, with a BA in English, in 1972. A year later he moved to Houston, TX, where he met George Zimmer, who had just opened the first Men's Wearhouse (MW) store. Zimmer hired Goldman to work in that first store, and from that modest beginning arose Goldman's 29-year career. From one store, whose annual sales were less than $1 million, Zimmer and Goldman, widely recognized as the marketing mastermind of MW, oversaw the creation of the largest chain of men's clothing stores in both the US and Canada.

Goldman has also been a featured guest speaker at many universities, including Cal-Berkeley, UCLA, Mills College, Brandeis University, and Cal State Hayward. Additional affiliations include: Board Member and co-founder, SF Connect; Board Member, investor, and consultant to Benefit Magazine; and Brandies University Member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of International Business and Finance.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600374336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600374333
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The good news is they can design that luck.
M. L Lamendola
A truly useful book for those beginning their career path as well as those well along their career tracks.
Richard E. Ungar
I found this book both provocative and enlightening.
Laurie A. J. Williams

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SD on February 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big "self-help" guy but because I wasn't bowled over by a bunch of psycho-babble on the inside cover I was intrigued.
I hate likening anything to a fine wine. Its a cheesy analogy, but in this case, its almost true. This one gets better as you read on. Its not that the book starts out weak either, but as a father of three teens, I found that this book really took off in Chapter 5 . . . More like, it resonated with my parental ideals at that point.
Mr Goldman isn't afraid to spell it out. You (my dearest children) are going to have to work. And work hard too. But!!! If you work hard, and trust yourselves, you're far more likely to find success, love and happiness than you would if you just waited for life to unfold.
Bravo Mr. Goldman. All 3 of mine children will be reading this one!
Respectfully,
Steve
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurie A. J. Williams on December 16, 2008
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I found this book both provocative and enlightening. As a baby boomer, I recognized more of myself then I wanted and saw clearly the reflection of my son's generation and the problems we have bequeathed them. Mr. Goldman writes with an easy style that makes the content very digestible. He offers, with clarity, concise suggestions that will most certainly assist the younger generations to come on their journey through life. The book is not so much a 'how to' list but rather serious considerations that can lead to positive outcomes.

This book, is a testimony to the fact that success is not luck but indeed, design. Kudos on this initial book and I look forward to reading more and learning more from Mr. Goldman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Ungar on December 23, 2008
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A truly useful book for those beginning their career path as well as those well along their career tracks. Readers will benefit immensely from Mr. Goldman's observations and common sense approach to becoming a success.
I very much recommend this book.
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In Luck by Design, Richard E. Goldman addresses the children of the Baby Boomers about what personal, social and business issues they will face in striving for success in current times and the near-future. How to become successful at any endeavor and what resources are needed to pursue success are issues that everyone has to work out in his own unique way. But we all benefit from learning how others have worked them out before us. Goldman is a very successful man who has combined his own experiences with reading and advice received from others to not only achieve that success but also to pass on the "how to's" learned from his own perspective.

You will find that much of what he writes you may have heard before, depending upon your age and how much reading you do. That is because the same issues occur in every generation and every generation looks to the past as well as current wisdom to resolve those issues. The older we get, the more experiences we have, and the more we read, the more likely we we are to come to similar conclusions about the way life and success work. The differences between the various writers who pass on their life lessons to others lies in their own unique perspectives, stories and analogies.

In Luck by Design you will be treated to Goldman's stories from his very interesting journey through life and the ideas that his experience has afforded him about how he got here from there. His book is called Luck by Design because one of his discoveries is that, while we already know we cannot control what happens in the world around us to any great extent, we can pay attention to what is going on and be sufficiently self-aware that we can recognize both dangers and opportunities as they arise.
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