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How A Ferrari Taught Us All We Need to Know About the American Dream and Philanthropy

When life gives you nothing, work hard enough to afford everything. Then, give back.

Becky Graebner


August 22, 2013 - 4:30 pm
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My usual routine for Thursdays is to write about something automotive—something “techie.”  This week, I wanted to do something different.  I wanted to give a respectful nod to a humble man who is the epitome of the American “rags to riches” story.  This man started out with nothing—not even parents.  In the end, he was a successful businessman and the owner of one of the most desirable Ferraris in the world.  This past weekend, his Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider went to the auction block.  It sold for $27.5 million.

This is a story of hard work, a Ferrari, and unfettered kindness that has brightened the lives of thousands of people.

The Value of Hard Work

The name of this respected businessman is Eddie Smith.  But before he was well known or successful, he was an orphaned 10-year old trying to get by with three siblings in an orphanage.  For several years, Smith woke early each day and went to work tending farms.  Upon gaining his freedom from the orphanage at age 18, he left for Lexington, North Carolina to build a better life.

In Lexington, Smith worked several odd jobs; cab driver, theater usher, before making his way to a small mail-order hosiery business.  Faced with unemployment after the death of the owner, Smith and some friends decided to start their own hosiery business; National Wholesale Company.

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What the heck is giving back? You took something from someone, you give that something back to that someone. What did he take, from whom? He took money from the ladies and gave them new hosiery and lingerie. He took labor from his employees and gave them wages. Must give back "giving back" to Cliché and coin a new term.

Btw, he had it easy, he never had to kill people out of boredom, never had to wilt under "peer pressure" to steal the latest iPhones, or kill for a pair of NBA player endorsed sneakers, or victimized by Big Govt.'s humiliating handouts, never had to puff up his chest with a loser's "self-esteem". Most of all, he never had to listen to parents who did not understand him.
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That's a good story.
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I enjoyed writing it. Great man. Thanks for reading, Patrick of Atlantis!
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