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Let me tell you one of my favorite tales. A lawyer leaves his law firm for a counsel position at FunStart-up.com. The company cannot afford to pay him, so it offers stock options instead. FunStart-up.com goes public, its stock price shoots up, and the lawyer buys a house in Aspen. Oh yeah — and the lawyer hasn’t had to wear a suit in three years.

We all want a piece of this pie. Whether the corporation is an Internet start-up or a large blue-chip, the allure of seemingly easy money continues to pique our interest and whet our appetites. Admit it: Even though you are pretty satisfied practicing in your current capacity, wouldn’t it be great to be able to reap the rewards of the stock option lottery, especially in today’s market?

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