Few things are more motivating than the prospect of getting rich quickly. When word of the discovery of gold in California first spread, it was the true opportunists who responded first. To use our modern parlance, these were the original "first movers," true risk-takers who literally moved west as fast as they could to be the first ones on the gold. Most struck it rich by striking first, and it is this opportunistic interpretation of the Gold Rush that has it continuing to be an apt metaphor for entrepreneurialism.
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