Tuesday, April 12, 2005

How to make a million dollars

Last week I was invited to speak to a group of 200 students at Duke University. The organizers gave me pretty much free rein in picking my topic, so I decided to talk about this:

The talk went really well. So well, in fact, that I have received requests for tapes of this presentation. Since no tape was made, what I thought I would do is lay the talk out, in writing, so that people can read it at their leisure. Here it is:Enjoy!

Very interesting. Here's some advice from 125 years ago, but it still applies...
Very nice presentation. I was reminded of another good book I read a few years back called Think And Grow Rich by Napolean Hill.
This is quite inspiring. Thank you for making it available on the web.
Very interesting indeed!
But what I find *most* interesting is your picture of the swimming pool (though it is slightly off, 2x2x2 miles makes only for 8.8 trillions $ of distilled water equivalent)
As a swimming pool this is VERY IMPRESSIVE!
However as a picture of the economy this is rather humbling.
All the wealth produced by mighty America in one year is just *this* cube of water?
An this is not even about America.
America is roughly one fourth of the world economy, so lets mutiply this by 4 to have a 3.2x3.2x3.2 miles pool...
This is still puny!

Even without considering something like this: http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/hotshots/2003_11_04/

Think about it...
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is easy. make money quick

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