It was a year around 1960 s. That year was frost in Mexico and flood in Spain, which wiped out all the bird-feed produce on the plains, in these two countries which were the top bird-feed producers in the world.
A business friend of my father gave tips to my father. Turkey, where we lived, was also a prime country known to export bird-feed. The tips were, to buy with all one`s money, bird-feed, as the prices of bird-feed would jump enormously in Turkey.
These two men bought bird-feed with all their money, hired storages for them. Indeed the prices jumped 5-6 times after a few months. They made a very good profit.
I had a chance to make big money when I was about to graduate from the University of Toronto, School of Architecture in 1974. I had $1,000 Canadian dollars savings a big amount for a student then. One kebab sandwich cost 1 dollar and a hamburger 50 cents.
A class friend of mine, Antti, a Finnish Canadian, gave me the tips to buy the shares of Quebec Sturgeon, which sold for 8 cents then. This was a gold mine looking for gold. The shares will soon jump he said they found gold and are collecting the shares from the market. Quietly he added. I didn`t trust his words and didn`t buy the shares.
After a month, shares jumped to 16 cents. Buy now he said, they will jump more. Or lend me some, I can buy some shares! I neither bought any shares, nor lended him any money. Shares jumped next week to 50 cents. The following week to 1 dollar. After a month, to 16 dollars.
If I had bought with my thousand dollars the shares of Quebec Sturgeon then, after two months, I would have $200,000 dollars! What a nice capital it would have been, for a new graduating architect.
God says in the Koran, Don`t accuse God for he does not give. He gives. You don`t know how to take!
The full story of this and other twenty nine unbelievable miracles which I experienced in my life in Turkey, England, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, U.S.A. and Canada, small and big, are in my book SMALL MIRACLES by Askin Ozcan - ISBN 1598001000 (Outskirts Press)
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Askin Ozcan is the author of SMALL MIRACLES, THE SECOND VENICE, WISDOM IN SMILE, STOCKHOLM STORIES, THE MINI-SUBMARINE, LIGHTNING AND A BOUQUET OF ROSES. He is a mentor at http://www.thesop.org and writes also for http://www.newsblaze.com, www.theseoultimes.com, www.americanchronicle.com