The beauty of the American system of government and capitalism is the opportunity it provides to individuals to grab destiny by the horns and make something out of nothing.

This system has created legends -- Henry Ford, Warren Buffett, Andrew Carnegie, and the list goes on. Today, new entrepreneurs are building businesses that will propel them to the highest levels of success -- Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and more.


Danielle Lei with her cookies. Photo: The Green Cross

Pretty soon, you may be adding 13-year-old Danielle Lei to that list. Lei's story was the second most popular business and investing story trending on social media last week, and its a story with lessons for business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, and everyone in between.

In the video below, Motley Fool contributor Jay Jenkins explains Lei's unique business acumen that propelled her to the top of Girl Scout Cookie sales. Her success is a direct result of taking advantage of new possibilities, thinking outside the box, and applying clever strategies to win. For Lei, today's story is about Thin Mint cookies, but the real story is about the next generation of American business.

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