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"From the Ted Talk by Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs"

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My first business venture: I was seven years old, in wiinepng. I was in my bedroom with one of those long eitnxeson cords, calling all the dry cleaners in Winnipeg to find out how much they'd pay me for coat hangers. And my mom came into the room and said, "Where are you going to get the hangers to sell to the dry cleaners?" And I said, "Let's go look in the basement." We went down to the basement, and I opened up this cbarupod. There was about 1,000 hangers that I'd collected, because, when I told her I was going out to play, I was going door to door in the nhehigborood to cllceot haregns to put in the basement, because I saw her a few weeks before that — you could get paid, they used to pay two cents per coat hanger. So I was like, well, there's all kinds of hangers, so I'll just go get them. I knew she wouldn't want me to get them, so I just did it anyway. And I learend that you could actually negotiate with people. This one guy ofrefed me three cents and I got him up to three and a half. I even knew at seven years old that I could get a fractional penecrt of a cent, and people would pay it, because it multiplied up. At seven years old I figured it out. I got three and a half cents for 1,000 hangers.

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My first business venture: I was seven years old, in ________. I was in my bedroom with one of those long _________ cords, calling all the dry cleaners in Winnipeg to find out how much they'd pay me for coat hangers. And my mom came into the room and said, "Where are you going to get the hangers to sell to the dry cleaners?" And I said, "Let's go look in the basement." We went down to the basement, and I opened up this ________. There was about 1,000 hangers that I'd collected, because, when I told her I was going out to play, I was going door to door in the ____________ to _______ _______ to put in the basement, because I saw her a few weeks before that — you could get paid, they used to pay two cents per coat hanger. So I was like, well, there's all kinds of hangers, so I'll just go get them. I knew she wouldn't want me to get them, so I just did it anyway. And I _______ that you could actually negotiate with people. This one guy _______ me three cents and I got him up to three and a half. I even knew at seven years old that I could get a fractional _______ of a cent, and people would pay it, because it multiplied up. At seven years old I figured it out. I got three and a half cents for 1,000 hangers.

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  1. offered
  2. winnipeg
  3. hangers
  4. learned
  5. extension
  6. neighborhood
  7. collect
  8. percent
  9. cupboard

Original Text

My first business venture: I was seven years old, in Winnipeg. I was in my bedroom with one of those long extension cords, calling all the dry cleaners in Winnipeg to find out how much they'd pay me for coat hangers. And my mom came into the room and said, "Where are you going to get the hangers to sell to the dry cleaners?" And I said, "Let's go look in the basement." We went down to the basement, and I opened up this cupboard. There was about 1,000 hangers that I'd collected, because, when I told her I was going out to play, I was going door to door in the neighborhood to collect hangers to put in the basement, because I saw her a few weeks before that — you could get paid, they used to pay two cents per coat hanger. So I was like, well, there's all kinds of hangers, so I'll just go get them. I knew she wouldn't want me to get them, so I just did it anyway. And I learned that you could actually negotiate with people. This one guy offered me three cents and I got him up to three and a half. I even knew at seven years old that I could get a fractional percent of a cent, and people would pay it, because it multiplied up. At seven years old I figured it out. I got three and a half cents for 1,000 hangers.

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Important Words

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  2. bedroom
  3. business
  4. calling
  5. cent
  6. cents
  7. cleaners
  8. coat
  9. collect
  10. collected
  11. cords
  12. cupboard
  13. door
  14. dry
  15. extension
  16. figured
  17. find
  18. fractional
  19. guy
  20. hanger
  21. hangers
  22. kinds
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  25. long
  26. mom
  27. multiplied
  28. negotiate
  29. neighborhood
  30. offered
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  34. people
  35. percent
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  39. sell
  40. told
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  42. winnipeg
  43. years