a time, an important adviser to a certain king was on his way
to a meeting with the king and other advisers. Out of the corner
of his eye, he saw a dead mouse by the roadside. He said to those
who were with him. "Even from such small beginnings as this
dead mouse, an energetic young fellow could build a fortune. If
he worked hard and used his intelligence, he could start a business
and support a wife and family."
heard the remark. He knew this was a famous adviser to the king,
so he decided to follow his words. He picked up the dead mouse
by the tail and went off with it. As luck would have it, before
he had gone even a block, a shopkeeper stopped him. He said, "My
cat has been pestering me all morning. I'll give you two copper
coins for that mouse." So it was done.
With the two
copper coins, he bought sweet cakes, and waited by the side of
the road with them and some water. As he expected, some people
who picked flowers for making garlands were returning from work.
Since they were all hungry and thirsty, they agreed to buy sweet
cakes and water for the price of a bunch of flowers from each
of them. In the evening, the man sold the flowers in the city.
With some of the money he bought more sweet cakes and returned
the next day to sell to the flower pickers.
on for a while, until one day there was a terrible storm, with
heavy rains and high winds. While walking by the king's pleasure
garden, he saw that many branches had been blown off the trees
and were lying all around. So he offered to the king's gardener
that he would clear it all away for him, if he could keep the
branches. The lazy gardener quickly agreed.
The man found
some children playing in a park across the street. They were glad
to collect all the branches and brush at the entrance to the pleasure
garden, for the price of just one sweet cake for each child.
the king's potter, who was always on the lookout for firewood
for his glazing oven. When he saw the piles of wood the children
had just collected, he paid the man a handsome price for it. He
even threw into the bargain some of his pots.
With his profits
from selling the flowers and the firewood, the man opened up a
refreshment shop. One day all the local grass mowers, who were
on their way into town, stopped in his shop. He gave them free
sweet cakes and drinks. They were surprised at his generosity
and asked, "What can we do for you?" He said there was
nothing for them to do now, but he would let them know in the
A week later,
he heard that a horse dealer was coming to the city with 500 horses
to sell. So he got in touch with the grass mowers and told each
of them to give him a bundle of grass. He told them not to sell
any grass to the horse dealer until he had sold his. In this way
he got a very good price.
until one day, in his refreshment shop, some customers told him
that a new ship from a foreign country had just anchored in the
port. He saw this to be the opportunity he had been waiting for.
He thought and thought until he came up with a good business plan.
went to a jeweler friend of his and paid a low price for a very
valuable gold ring, with a beautiful red ruby in it. He knew that
the foreign ship was from a country that had no rubies of its
own, where gold too was expensive. So he gave the wonderful ring
to the captain of the ship as an advance on his commission. To
earn this commission, the captain agreed to send all his passengers
to him as a broker. He would then lead them to the best shops
in the city. In turn, the man got the merchants to pay him a commission
for sending customers to them.
a middle man in this way, after several ships came into port,
the man became very rich. Being pleased with his success, he also
remembered that it had all started with the words of the king's
wise adviser. So he decided to give him a gift of 100,000 gold
coins. This was half his entire wealth. After making the proper
arrangements, he met with the king's adviser and gave him the
gift, along with his humble thanks.
was amazed, and he asked, "How did you earn so much wealth
to afford such a generous gift?" The man told him it had
all started with the adviser's own words not so long ago. They
had led him to a dead mouse, a hungry cat, sweet cakes, bunches
of flowers, storm damaged tree branches, children in the park,
the king's potter, a refreshment shop, grass for 500 horses, a
golden ruby ring, good business contacts, and finally a large
this, the royal adviser thought to himself, "It would not
be good to lose the talents of such an energetic man. I too have
much wealth, as well as my beloved only daughter. As this man
is single, he deserves to marry her. Then he can inherit my wealth
in addition to his own, and my daughter will be well cared for."
This all came
to pass, and after the wise adviser died, the one who had followed
his advice became the richest man in the city. The king appointed
him to the adviser's position. Throughout his remaining life,
he generously gave his money for the happiness and well being
of many people.
moral is: With energy and ability, great
wealth comes even from small beginnings.