The Legend of the Straw Millionaire
Feeling that trading and bartering will never benefit you? Well, let me remind of you of an age-old Japanese Buddhist folktale that will enlighten you. STORY TIME!!
The legend of the Straw Millionaire (Not Zelda, I’m sorry to disappoint) is a story about a poor peasant named Daietsu-no-suke that traded his way up from a piece of straw with a horsefly tied to it to becoming a millionaire. Sound crazy? Here’s how he did it.
This poor man tied a fly that was annoying him to a piece of straw that soothed a crying baby. The baby’s thankful mother offered him a bag of oranges in exchange for the straw/fly toy. He then traded his oranges with a dehydrated woman for her silk cloth. A samurai liked the silk cloth and offered to trade his weak horse for it. After agreeing, the man nursed the horse back to health. The horse proceeded to attract the attention of a millionaire who invited him to his house. The millionaire’s daughter was the dehydrated woman he had traded oranges with previously, seeing this as a sign. The millionaire gave his blessing for his daughter to marry and the nameless man and he became a millionaire through inheritance.
Read the full story here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straw_Millionaire
And there you have it. This just proves that anything is possible with trading and bartering. You don’t need money to get something good. This folktale actually was the inspiration for the red paperclip-bartering journey. Check it out here: http://www.barterboysfashion.com/2013/12/one-red-paperclip.html. So next time you are looking for something new and your wallet is just a container for dust, just remember that trading and bartering can be the answer! So get bartering!