What Cliff Young Can Teach You About Finances

I love the story about Cliff Young. If you have never heard it before, prepare yourself for some smiles.

Ultra marathons are races of 100 miles or more. One of the most famous of these ultra marathons is a 543.7 mile (875 kilometer) race from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia. This race regularly attracts the world’s best runners and is considered one of the toughest running races in the world. So you can imagine the surprise in 1983 when Cliff Young, a 61 year old farmer wearing overalls and work boots with no formal running experience made his way into the field of runners.

At first the other runners and the press assumed that Cliff being in the race was a mistake or a publicity stunt.


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3 Responses to What Cliff Young Can Teach You About Finances

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch says:

    Thank you for telling this story. So cool! I love an underdog! Found more about him elsewhere on internet, including some videos on youtube….I eagerly await your own story of doing things in your own singular way.

  2. Wayne Hauge says:

    All too true. Most investors think they have to run out and score the highest rate of return, giving up certainty of a diversified portfolio which invests less than 2% in any one stock. Stick with companies which offer consistent dividends, both within the country and without, and you will do fine. I grew up on a farm which had nothing other than a lot of hard work, yet I proudly farm that same land. May the thought of a farmer like Cliff Long run for the remainder of my time as a fourth generation farmer. Great story, no matter which country it starts in.

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