Many years ago, a man and his brother had grieved the loss of their father and had split his estate. Whilst this was a sad situation, it gave both men an opportunity to start new chapters in their lives, but one brother would spend his inheritance far more wisely than the other. Here’s what happened:
Ten years had passed since the brothers’ father’s demise, and they had been left to split a significant estate. “This included a farm of 30 acres, a house, a barn, a pond, and fields of olives and wheat”, the man explained.
A New Chapter Begins
The two men initially had no intention of becoming farmers, and both held office jobs. However, as the years went by, the man’s wife persuaded him to leave his job and collaborate with her in transforming the farm into a modern business. Armed with her business and hospitality degrees and his background in accounting, they embarked on a journey of change.
Buying Out His Brother
The man’s first step in this process was acquiring the entirety of his dad’s estate. He bought out his younger sibling’s share at market value, and he and his wife got to work.
“We got government subsidies to make our farm more sustainable, developed a garden and romantic strolling route, and a fishing spot”, he recounted. “We then converted some of the land into a rentable pedagogic farm, built small houses, built a stable, and bought some horses… we made it into a retreat where you could spend the day, rent a cabin, or experience farm life.”
The farm rapidly evolved into a thriving enterprise. It attracted school tours, hosted weekend activities, and even became a popular wedding venue. After five years of hard work and financial dedication, the couple managed to pay off their debts and were enjoying substantial profits.
The Brother’s Pursuits
Meanwhile, the younger brother utilized his inheritance differently. He purchased a house, acquired two cars, and invested in his children’s education. “They are living well, I would say upper middle class by my country’s standards, but nothing like me and my family”, the man explained.
The Dispute Arises
Jealous, the man’s brother had recently expressed a desire to join the successful farm business. He contended that the payment he received for his share was inadequate and not reflective of its current value.
However, the elder brother firmly declined his younger sibling’s request, asserting that he had received fair compensation for his portion at the time of the buyout. Whilst he recognized it now seemed like an unfair deal, the business had only grown thanks to the couple’s investments, hard work, and dedication.
Unfortunately, the brother did not take this refusal well. He cut off communication with the man, which was unfortunate considering they were each other’s sole remaining family members.
Questioning His Decision
The man admitted feeling an element of guilt. He and his wife were now living incredibly well, and whilst his brother and his family were relatively well-off, his jealousy was understandable. Faced with losing his relationship with him, the man began to question whether the right thing to do would be to invite him into the business, regardless of ‘fairness.’
Confessing His Guilt
The man told his story online, seeking the opinions of strangers. To his surprise, his readers felt that his decision was fair. “Your brother got market value for his half”, one reader reminded him. “He used it up, you invested your time and money, and now you are getting your return on investment. No need to feel guilty.”
A Greedy Brother
Everyone agreed that the man’s brother was acting unreasonably, not the other way around. “He is just greedy and regretful”, another reader criticized. “He now wants the benefit of a business you’ve made successful, without the hard work, risk, and headaches you had to go through to make it successful.”
To the man’s delight, many readers expressed their interest in his family business. “Is this a confession or an advert?!” laughed one impressed commenter. “You and your wife’s business sounds like an amazing place. Congratulations, I hope I can check it out someday.”
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