How Do You Become a Millionaire By Selling Coconuts for Less Than What You Paid? |

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EP 1505  Here is another glorious brainteaser question for you. You could solve it with a business solution . . . but that wouldn’t make it a brainteaser

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This is a fun one that I'm sure you've heard in different ways before. It's a trick question about a business plan for buying and selling coconuts. The way the question goes is that a businessman devises a plan for buying and selling coconuts. He calculates that by putting coconuts for $5 per dozen and selling them for $3 per dozen in less than a year, he will become a millionaire. His business plan and calculations are flawless. How is this possible?

I know some of you will think in terms of market share and driving opponents of business. Many competitors will be driven out of business. That's a decent answer, but it doesn't make it brainteaser, doesn't it? Here were looking for the brainteaser answer! It's an easy one. When you stop and think about it.


He was a billionaire when he started so by losing $2 per dozen, he will eventually become a millionaire.

I know. I know. So me these questions make you groan.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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