Orison Swett Marden (1848-1924) was an American writer who worked in the genre of inspirational prose writing about the ways to gain success in life. According to his philosophy of life, people can manage their lives as they create and transform the life around them themselves. 'A Cow His Capital' is a short-story by Orison Marden that represents a bright example of his writing style as it touches upon the topic of success and the ways to gain it. The central figure of the story is a young ambitious boy whose only dream is to go to college. The problem is that his family is rather poor as he is the son of a simple farmer. But one day he finds a decision. He asks his father to give him a cow and let him go to seek his fortune. The father agrees and the boy leaves with his cow and step by step goes to his dream.