The Story of Monty
In the original
Chicken Soup for the Soul,
Jack Canfield tells the story of Monty, who was the son of an itinerant
horse trainer of little means. During his senior year he was
assigned a writing project to describe what he wanted to be when he grew up.
His seven-page essay minutely detailed the 200-acre ranch he wanted to own.
It included a diagram of the ranch and a detailed floor plan of his 4,000
square foot home.
and effort Monty put into
his paper, he received it back with a large “F” written on it and a note to
see the teacher after class. The teacher told Monty that the reason he had
given him that grade was because his paper was unrealistic. He went on to
cite all of the reasons why, and told Monty that if he would rewrite the
paper with a more realistic goal, he would reconsider the grade. After
considering it for a week, the young man turned in the same paper with no
changes, along with the remark, “You can keep the F and I’ll keep my
The conclusion of the true story has the
teacher bringing 30 students for a summer campout at the 200-acre ranch of
the now grown (and successful) Monty who lives in his 4,000 square foot