What children’s stories teach us

(Originally posted as a comment to the investment site http://www.leavedebtbehind.com/money-hacks/money-lessons-2/four-lessons-about-money-we-all-learned-as-children/)

Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves: you’re more likely to make money from a
magic genie than from your uncle.

Cinderella: if you obtain an expensive dress and carriage, you can
land a prince.

Clever Little Tailor: exaggerate your accomplishments to achieve success

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: seizing people’s property leads to
wealth OR kill wildlife for success

Hansel and Gretel: kids costing you too much? Abandon them because
they’ll eventually end up rich and come back to you.

Jack and the Beanstalk: throw away definite assets for ethereal ones
because they may be worth more.

Little Match Girl: avoid giving to charity, since all beggars die a
noble death.

Little Red Riding Hood: even if you stray off your investment path,
you will eventually live happily ever after.

Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe: teach your children fiscal
responsibility by beating them.

Pied Piper of Hamlin: when someone reneges on a contract, the proper
procedure is to kidnap their children.

Rumpelstiltskin: lie about your abilities, find someone else to do your
work for you, renege on your contract with that person, and ultimately
kill them…. Actually, I think this is how Enron started.

Shoemaker and the Elves: hire cheap foreign labor whenever possible
(elves come from Zurich)

Snow White: good looks are more important than fiscal sense. Also, you
can work in a mine everyday wearing the same clothes and they will
never get dirty.

Three Billy Goats Gruff: public funding for transportation is a bad
idea, and it’s OK to kill tolltakers to demonstrate that

Three Little Pigs: if you live in a nice house, it’s only a matter of
time until the bank forecloses on your brothers and they move in with
you.

Town Musicians of Bremen: a team of four people with no abilities will
somehow always be successful

Ugly Duckling: looks are the only thing that matter.

Wonderful Wizard of Oz: if you’re in a city where you can literally
pick gemstones off the street, going to Kansas is somehow better.

Muffin Man: nothing really, I just wanted the word “muffin” in this post.

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