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Can Everyone Become a Billionaire?
Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2011 | John C. Goodman

Posted on 07/23/2011 7:17:40 AM PDT by Kaslin

I'm going to tell you something that Barack Obama doesn't understand.

And because he doesn't understand it, our country is wasting hundreds of millions of dollars at a time when we cannot afford to waste hundreds of millions of dollars.

Time and again President Obama has told us how he intends to solve our health care problems: spend money on pilot programs and other experiments; find out what works and then go copy it. He's also repeatedly said the same thing about education. The only difference: in education we've already been following this approach with no success for 25 years.

Still, if the president were right about health and education, why wouldn't the same idea apply to every other field? Why couldn't we study the best way to make a computer, or invest in the stock market and do any number of other things — and then copy it?

I want to propose a principle that covers all of this: entrepreneurship cannot be replicated. Put differently, there is no such thing as a cookbook entrepreneur.

Let's suppose for a moment that I am wrong. Suppose we could study the behavior of successful entrepreneurs and write down the keys to their success in a book that everyone could read and copy.

Consider Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Sam Walton. If we could discover what they did right, and everyone copied their behavior, then we could all become billionaires. Right? Well, not quite.

Here's the problem: In order for each of us to be a billionaire, we have to each be doing something that produces a billion dollars' worth of goods and services. But if all we're doing is copying action items out of a book, then we are not doing anything special. And if we’re not doing anything special, we are definitely not producing a billions dollars of value added.

In mathematics, Gödel's Theorem says that no complex, axiomatic system can be both consistent and complete. What I am proposing is something similar for social science. Although there are some habits of highly successful people that can be identified and copied, there are not enough of them for each of us to become highly successful ourselves through copycat behavior alone.

I think I will call this Goodman's Nonreplicability Theorem.

In health care, it's already been borne out.

Scholars associated with the Brookings Institution identified 10 of the best hospital regions in the country and then tried to identify common characteristics that could be replicated. There were almost none. Some regions had doctors on staff. Others paid fee-for-service. Some had electronic medical records. Others did not.

A separate study of physicians' practices found much the same thing. There were simply not enough objective characteristics that the practices had in common to allow an independent party to set up a successful practice by copycat alone.

By the way, this is not bad news. It is good news. How much fun would life be if we all went around copying what we read in a book?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: billionaires; business; entrepreneurs; millionaires

1 posted on 07/23/2011 7:17:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

We’re all going to be billionaires. Course a loaf of bread will cost a million.


2 posted on 07/23/2011 7:20:05 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Time to open my new business

Jim Bobway’s Currency Exchange


3 posted on 07/23/2011 7:22:04 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Kaslin

godel’s theorem is a long way from the so-called social “sciences” because

these social sciences are not science

but ideologies.


4 posted on 07/23/2011 7:22:35 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: DManA
"The U.S. government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost." - Ben Bernanke


5 posted on 07/23/2011 7:29:42 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Kaslin
In Zimbabwe.

BO and the Democrats are doing their best to do the same for us.

6 posted on 07/23/2011 7:34:40 AM PDT by Pilsner
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To: Kaslin
The American founding philosophy exhibited a reliance on the basic intelligence, curiosity, innovation, and productive abilities of free individuals to create beneficial things for themselves and, thereby, for their neighbors as well.

Surprisingly, the moral philosopher Adam Smith's "An Enquiry into the Causes of the Wealth of Nations" was published at about the same time as the Declaration of Independence in America.

Free, though imperfect, individuals, unencumbered by the heavy hand of a political elite of likewise imperfect persons, could create goods and services, freely exchange the work of their own hands, and enrich the lives of people all over the world.

Millions flocked to America over the next 200 years to participate in the freedom provided by what Madison called a "benign" government (meaning, it was not a malignancy which consumed "the People's" wealth). By that mechanism, America became a literal breadbasket for the world and the source of compassion and benevolence unmatched by any other nation.

Fast forward to the Mao/Marx/Lenin/Keynes philosophy which possesses the current Administration and its supporters. That world view relies on what Madison and the other Founders surely would call a "malignant" government--one which coercively imposes its imperfect will on the individuals who create and work, in order to select and "redistribute" their earnings to political allies and friends. In other words, the mechanism is legalized theft from some for the benefit of a captive group of dependencies who will continue to vote the "redistributors" into positions of power.

The definition of one is LIBERTY. The definition of the other is TYRANNY.

Can you decide which best would answer Adam Smith's 1775 query:

"An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations"?

7 posted on 07/23/2011 7:38:22 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin

And the one and only “program” the government spent money on that actually improved our lives and caused numerous amazing inventions, he defunded - NASA.


8 posted on 07/23/2011 7:39:07 AM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: loveliberty2

Yesterday Obama said we should all be millionaires

Once again he proved just hot STUPID he really is.

Not everyone can be a millionaire. If everyone were a millionaire then nobody would be a millionaire.

The only way to make everyone a millionaire is to magically wave his wand over a dollar bill and call it a million

Obama OBVIOUSLY has never started a business - ran a business - made payroll - or has any concept of money and economics.

THUS we are doomed to fail at the hands of a madman - named Owhiney.


9 posted on 07/23/2011 7:42:28 AM PDT by silentknight
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To: silentknight

hot=how :)


10 posted on 07/23/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT by silentknight
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To: DManA

Mmmmm. Million dollar bread...


11 posted on 07/23/2011 7:43:01 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Kaslin
Here's the problem: In order for each of us to be a billionaire, we have to each be doing something that produces a billion dollars' worth of goods and services

I stopped reading after this sentence. Why consider anything this person says if they do not even understand what gross revenues are?

12 posted on 07/23/2011 7:47:09 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Larry Lucido

13 posted on 07/23/2011 7:53:10 AM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: Kaslin
How To Survive And Prosper From The O'conomy:

Investment Tip: Go long on wheelbarrows.


14 posted on 07/23/2011 7:56:53 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: Kaslin

A hundred million isn’t going to cut anything. To close a budget deficit of $2 trillion, would take $100 million a day, 20,000 days to cover. But there are only 365 days in a year.


15 posted on 07/23/2011 8:01:53 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Iron Munro

Actually with most all of our transactions done with electrons these days, most of the work will involve programming changes to allow more digits left of the decimal point.


16 posted on 07/23/2011 8:02:42 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Kaslin

Wouldn’t you also have to factor in the differences in human nature? How many are willing/able to do what it takes to become a billionaire?

“The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit” comes to mind... lol


17 posted on 07/23/2011 8:03:49 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: silentknight
Thanks for your response to my previous post.

With reference to Adams Smith and America's founding philosophy, one of the problems of the last several decades is that Democrats have spent years making so-called "studies" of "poverty" and its causes.

As a moral philosopher, not an economist, Smith, on the other hand, chose to study wealth creation. That was in the late 1700's and coincidental with the live laboratory for wealth creation which was going on at the same time in America.

When the great statement of political philosophy, the Declaration of Independence, was asserted in 1776, the colonists had been experimenting with liberty for about 150 years, in a wilderness, using centuries-old tools.

By the time Edmund Burke made his famed "Speech on Conciliation . . . " before the British Parliament, much of his reasoning about the American colonists had to do with the great productivity and wealth creation on that faraway sliver of land.

He alluded to the great spirit of liberty which existed in America, its roots, and how it contributed to the amazing productivity and wealth being created there.

One can only conclude that today's Washington politicians are either ignorant of America's foundations in liberty, or their agenda seeks its destruction. The answer to poverty is liberty and opportunity--not political tyranny by inept, arrogant, and power-hungry Machiavellian leaders.

18 posted on 07/23/2011 8:08:51 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Kaslin
Why stop at being a billionaire?

Yes We Can!

19 posted on 07/23/2011 8:12:52 AM PDT by null and void (Day 913. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: Mr. K
And the one and only “program” the government spent money on that actually improved our lives and caused numerous amazing inventions, he defunded - NASA.

Not exactly correct. I think you should include the Department of Defense. For example DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has been responsible for such things as the Internet and Global Positioning System.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) was established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting U.S. national security and create strategic surprise for U.S. adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the U.S. military.

To fulfill its mission, the Agency relies on diverse performers to apply multi-disciplinary approaches to both advance knowledge through basic research and create innovative technologies that address current practical problems through applied research. DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more. As the DoD’s primary innovation engine, DARPA undertakes projects that are finite in duration but that create lasting revolutionary change.

20 posted on 07/23/2011 8:20:43 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain
Not exactly correct. I think you should include the Department of Defense. For
example DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has been
responsible for such things as the Internet and Global Positioning System.

I never knew Al Gore worked at DARPA.


21 posted on 07/23/2011 8:24:43 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: null and void

We’ll pay the debt off quickly with only a few of those trillion dollar notes. Of course, a loaf of bread will only cost 10 trillion.


22 posted on 07/23/2011 8:28:20 AM PDT by Ole Okie (!!)
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To: Iron Munro
I never knew Al Gore worked at DARPA.

I think that at some point he voted for an appropriations bill that included the Department of Defense, which included DARPA, so that counts, doesn't it? ;-)

23 posted on 07/23/2011 8:29:48 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: Kaslin

I thought about copyrighting the words patent an copywright ....


24 posted on 07/23/2011 8:46:01 AM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Kaslin

“Can Everyone Become a Billionaire?”

Yes, and I assume we will, one QE25 inevitably comes to pass.


25 posted on 07/23/2011 8:51:50 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: marktwain
I think that at some point he voted for an appropriations bill that included the
Department of Defense, which included DARPA, so that counts, doesn't it? ;-)


26 posted on 07/23/2011 9:16:06 AM PDT by Iron Munro (The more effeminate & debauched the people, the more they are fitted for a tyrannical government.)
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To: null and void

“Why stop at being a billionaire?”

“Trillions” is starting to sound small these days. Could you please generate a $100 quadrillion note?

I’m sort of surprised Obama hasn’t issued an Executive Order instructing Treasury to print up 14 $1 trillion notes, use these to “pay off” the U.S. debt, thereby clearing the decks for him to borrow another $14 trillion. But maybe that his plan if a debt ceiling deal hasn’t been reached by August 2.


27 posted on 07/23/2011 10:10:49 AM PDT by DrC
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To: Kaslin
Can Everyone Become a Billionaire?

Yes, this System REALLY Works. Billionaire reveals secret to instant wealth. Only $149.50 to start!!!

28 posted on 07/23/2011 10:40:09 AM PDT by varon (Allegiance to the Constitution, always. Allegiance to a party, never!)
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To: DrC
thereby clearing the decks for him to borrow another $14 trillion.

With their insatiable appetite for "loans" I would not doubt at all that they are somehow embezzling and turning the cash into gold or some other more permanent assets. Very likely the commie one worlder is storing up riches to finance the one world take over and also bankrupt the USA so as to make us impotent.

29 posted on 07/23/2011 5:35:52 PM PDT by Bellflower (Isa 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said [to be] bountiful.))
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To: null and void

I have ten of those in my desk drawer. What’s a quadrillion dollars? Not even a loaf of bread. I use them to remind my grandkids that paper money is only worth what you can buy with it.


30 posted on 07/23/2011 9:41:53 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Kaslin
How much fun would life be if we all went around copying what we read in a book?

Why don't you ask Obama? That's all he's ever done.

31 posted on 07/23/2011 9:50:44 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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