Rags to riches real story: The most inspiring and true to life story

This post originally appeared on GetRichSlowly.org as a guest post by Mary Newcome, under the title “Free At Last.” I found it so inspiring and true to life that I just HAD to share it with you guys.

Hell, I might just frame it and put it on the wall.

Image source: sodahead.com
Image source: sodahead.com
I remember what it was like to live in my first apartment at age 17. […]

At first I was in heaven; freedom at last from my moody, mostly distant father and his girlfriend 24 years his junior. Let’s just say a college fund was never in my future, much less financial support. If I was going to get there, anywhere, I had to get there myself.

It was not long before this new-found freedom wore off, replaced by loneliness, boredom, and the financial stress of barely getting by. […]

I did not own a car when I lived in my apartment. I had wrecked it earlier by rear-ending someone stopped in front of me (we did not even have text back then – doy). Although the car was paid for, the financial burden of that one stung since I had emptied out my savings account to buy it. I also now had to walk to and from work, five miles both ways (yes, in the snow and rain). At the time, I did not see how much money I was saving by not having the car. I just knew that was a heck of a long walk. I had no cable TV, no phone, and certainly no internet or computer.

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Racism and business? Restaurant owner saved business by keeping blacks away

This is a story I found on reddit.com . It’s so fascinating that I just had to share it with you guys.

Original link: http://www.reddit.com

reddit_logoI’ll get it out of the way and admit that what I am doing is racist, I myself am (reluctantly!) a racist, and I’m not about to argue that. I’m not proud of this, but I did what I had to to stay afloat for the sake of my family and my employees and I would do it again.

I own a family restaurant that competes with large chains like Applebee’s, Chili’s, and other similarly awful places. I started this restaurant over 20 years ago, my wife is our manager*, both of my kids work here when they’re not in college. Our whole life is tied up in this place, and while it’s a ton of hard work, we love it.

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