Leo Tolstoy once wrote a story about a successful farmer who owned much land but was not satisfied with his holdings. He wanted more of everything.
One day, he received a novel offer. For a mere 1,000 rubles, he could buy all the land he paced off on foot in a single day. It was stipulated that he must return to his starting point no later than sundown.
Early the next morning he started out walking at a fast pace. By midday he was very tired, but he kept going, covering more and more ground. Well into the afternoon he realized that his greed had taken him far from the starting point. He quickened his pace. Then he started to run, knowing that if he did not make it back by sundown the opportunity to become an even bigger landholder would be lost. As the sun began to sink below the horizon he came within sight of the finish line. Gasping for breath, his…
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