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Opportunity : optimizing life's chances

Author: Donald Morris
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Can you recognize an opportunity when it comes your way? Even though the concept seems fairly basic, most people harbor regrets about missed opportunities that in retrospect might have significantly improved their lives. This book will give you the critical tools to sort through the complexities that often obscure the perception of an opportunity and help you take full advantage of what author Donald Morris calls  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Morris
ISBN: 1591024021 9781591024026
OCLC Number: 62895826
Description: 461 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: An opportunity model --
Piecing together opportunity from its natural habitats : investing, economics, gambling, criminology, and marketing --
Other contexts of opportunity : law, game theory, finance, business strategy, and entrepreneurship --
Other contexts : religion and equality of opportunity --
The absence of opportunity : poverty --
Absence of opportunity : stigmatization, hell, slavery, predestination, and Camus' Stranger --
Opportunism --
The framework : a worldview --
The elements and context --
Predicting the future --
Engaging and predicting the future, applications : investing, economics, and gambling --
Engaging and predicting the future, applications : criminology, marketing, law, and human nature --
Engaging the future, applications : superstition, induction, and prayer --
Hierarchy and opportunity --
Pulling it together --
The nutshell of opportunity : sayings, proverbs, aphorisms, quips, and poems.
Other Titles: Optimizing life's chances
Responsibility: Donald Morris.
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