I woke up to shocking news.

That Nigerian prince–you know, the guy who always emails me about the big inheritance of his and needs some help with getting the money out of Nigeria–is a hoax.

I always suspected that he never really got that inheritance.

First, that amount (720 million, or how he liked to spell it, “seven hundred and twenty millions US dollars”) sounds too much. And besides, why from all people, would he choose me to get a piece of the pie?

But the real shock was to find out that he wasn’t even a Nigerian prince. According to a recent news report, they finally caught up with him and it turns out he is a U.S.-born Louisiana man who has no royal blood whatsoever.

How shameful!

In 1976, the Rebbe handpicked 12 Torah verses and rabbinic adages that express the fundamental ideas of Judaism. He suggested that children should study and recite them at every opportunity. One of them is a quote from the Talmud that says:

“If someone says: ‘I have worked hard but I have not been successful,’ don’t believe him. If someone says: ‘I have not worked hard and I have been successful,’ don’t believe him. If someone says: ‘I have worked hard and I have been successful,’ believe him!”

Here, plain and simple, is why I should have never believed Mr. Louisiana-Nigerian-Prince.

If someone will tell you that he became successful (or that you can share that success) without working hard, don’t believe him! It’s simply impossible.

Success in anything–career, family life, relationship with G‑d and with men, child-rearing–can come only with hard work.

So long, Nigerian prince! I am sorry to do it to you, but from now on, all of your emails will be marked as spam!

P.S. If you are planning to win the lottery anytime soon, just keep in mind that many of the lottery winners ended up poorer after few years. You, too, will need to put time and effort to preserve your initial luck.