Charles Darrow was the inventor of the famous game, “Monopoly.” When he first pitched the idea to Parker Brothers, they rejected it. They even gave him fifty-two reasons why the game would not sell. Darrow produced his own homemade version and convinced a local department store to offer it on consignment. The game became an instant sensation. Parker brothers approached Darrow again and asked to develop the game. The deal was good for Parker Brothers and for the Darrow family. Even today, his family receives royalties from sales of the game.

J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.