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A Life of Service Underwrites Our Success

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"What is the secret to success?” That is a question students often ask me during the high school course on capitalism that I teach on occasion. Although the axiom of “hard work and education” is easily understood, too much weight is often given to factors such as “the right connections,” “the right family” or “just plain luck.” While these factors may play a role, lasting success has a much more accessible and profound birth mother. No matter how you define success, most successful people have roots tracing back to one notion: service.