A young man asked an old rich man how he made his money.
The old man fingered his expensive wool vest and said, “Well, son, that was 1932. The depths of the Great Depression. I was down to my last nickel.”
“I invested that nickel in an apple. I spent all day polishing the 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 all day polishing them and selling them at 5:00 pm for 20 cents. I continued this system for a month, by the end of which I’d accumulated a fortune of $9.80.”
“After that,” the old rich man continued, “I invested the $9.80 into a market stall so I could polish and display a lot more apples. I began making about $50 a month from then on.”
“Then my wife’s father died and left us two million dollars.”