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The Self-Made Myth by Mike Lapham, Brian Miller

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CHAPTER 5Policy Implications and the Public Investment Imperative

Shifting Perspectives and the Built-Together Reality

As has become clear throughout this book, the simplistic self-made myth of the past is woefully inadequate to describe reality. More importantly, it has a destructive impact on our public policy debates.

It is time that we talk about business success in a way that acknowledges and incorporates all its contributing factors. The built-together reality acknowledges a central truth overlooked by the self-made myth: We are not islands. Rather, our prosperity is deeply intertwined with the broader society around us. As Gun Denhart stated, “You can’t have a healthy business in an unhealthy community.” Every business, no matter how successful, ...

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