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The Old Rich Man

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A young man asked an old rich man how he made his fortune.

The old man sat back in his chair, fingered his expensive Italian suit jacket and said, “Well son, let me tell you…”

So the old rich man told this story to the young man who just stood there, wide eyed.

It was 1932, the depth of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel. I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent the entire day polishing that apple and, at the end of the day, I sold the apple for ten cents.

The next morning, I invested those ten cents in two apples. I spent the entire day polishing them and sold them for 20 cents. I continued this system of polishing and selling, each time reinvesting my profits into buying more apples.

“Wow!” the young man said in astonishment, “and that’s how you accumulated your fortune?”

“Nah”, the old man said, “my wife’s father died and left us two million dollars”.


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