Chance Prefers A Prepared Mind

Chance Prefers A Prepared Mind

Louis PastorThe original phrase, attributed to Louis Pasteur, was, "Dans les champs de l'observation, la chance ne sourit qu'aux esprits bien préparés." Google's translation software (reputedly the best) turns it into "In the fields of observation, luck smiles only prepared mind." Cleaning it up, I make it, "In the fields of observation, fortune smiles only on the prepared mind." Sadly, English translations have long used the word "favors,"(not "prefers"), when in fact Pasteur meant "smiles on,"and reinforced it with "only." The point, in any case, is that the unprepared mind can find no fortune in the fields of observation-which include the stock market-because it understands not what it sees. Only the prepared mind can observe and accurately interpret, and thus make the decisions that lead to fortune.

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