Is it just a pile of . . .?

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Real Estate Agent with Realty One Group # S.0190863

Decades ago, in Northern San Diego County, there was a kid who saw that with all the people that owned horses in the area, he could earn some extra cash cleaning horse stalls in the afternoon after school. Well, he got clients fast. Then he had too much business. So, he got a few other kids who were his friends to join him. Soon, they got to the point where each of them had all the business that they could handle.

 

That’s when the next idea came up. Why simply throw the manure away? So, he went out and sold the manure to landscaping companies all over the region to use as fertilizer. If I recall correctly, by this time all of the kids were still only 13 or 14. That core group then hired younger kids as subcontractors. And, of course, they got even more clients.

 

By the time each of them graduated high school (late 80s or early 90s) each of those kids was a millionaire. Imagine graduating high school and already being a millionaire.

 

You may look and see a pile of manure and wonder why nobody takes care of it, I guarantee you someone else will look at that and see an opportunity.

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Comments (22)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Rocky. One man's garbage is another man;s treasure. And it will aways be that way. Enjoy your day.

Feb 26, 2021 04:40 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

What a fantastic story. Those kids saw $hit and then turned it into $$$. Great job!

Feb 26, 2021 04:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a great story to underscore that what some people see as a nuisance, others see as an opportunity. There's that old expression that someone's junk is another's treasure and that's true more often than we realize.

Feb 26, 2021 05:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Rocky - opportunity and perspective are all around us.  

Feb 26, 2021 05:19 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Grant Schneider yes you do have to get your hands dirty many times.

Feb 26, 2021 05:37 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Brian England almost like that story of the twin boys, "There's a pony in here somewhere!"

Feb 26, 2021 05:38 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Wayne Martin yes, one man's garbage is always another man's treasure.

Feb 26, 2021 05:39 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Kat Palmiotti Yeah, I remember seeing these kids on the news when they were 11 or 12 and all they were doing was cleaning up the stalls. They thought that was a great business. It was years later where a local papaer did the follow up article about the fertilizer and becoming millionaires. It is unusual for such young minds to be so motivated and enterprising.

Feb 26, 2021 05:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Nina Hollander yes very often it is far more true than we realize.

Feb 26, 2021 05:43 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Michael Jacobs yeah, instead of creating a business, some may have looked to see how to contact the city or HOA to complain.

Feb 26, 2021 05:44 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Which proves there are opportunities to succeed Rocky. Interesting way to tell your story and those who created this business.

Feb 26, 2021 05:47 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 these kids did become local celebrities in the media of San Diego for how they applied themselves and used corporate business practices before they even graduated high school.

Feb 26, 2021 06:16 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rocky, those kids really were young entrepreneurs, and such a great story to hear.

Feb 26, 2021 06:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Joan Cox it was quite unusual to read aboutback in the day.

Feb 26, 2021 07:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I love this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 26, 2021 07:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Roy Kelley I am glad you enjoyed it. Brings back thoughts of making money with a lemonade stand for me.

Feb 26, 2021 08:38 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Rocky what is the saying, "One person's trash is another One's treasure" ☺️

Feb 26, 2021 02:43 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

And one man's manure is another man's millions George Souto LOL

Feb 26, 2021 02:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Rocky - what a wonderful story that will inspire others to look for the opportunities and the possibilities in a given situation. 

Feb 26, 2021 05:05 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hey there Kathy Streib yes those kids forged quite a life for themselves before they even got out of school

Feb 26, 2021 05:54 PM

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