Larry Hite isn't your typical Wall Street trader. 

He didn't have straight A's. He wasn't a good athlete. And he wasn't well connected. Far from it.

In fact, he has a learning disability, is partially blind, and comes from a working-class background in Brooklyn.

But none of those variables slowed him down. Hite's tenacity and stoicism drove him to succeed despite difficult circumstances. As a testament to this notion, his firm — Mint Investment Management Company — was the first hedge fund to hit $1 billion in assets under management, with Hite steering the ship.

"I had to find a way to use the tools that were open to me," he said on Trend Following with Michael Covel, a trading podcast. "I'm living proof that you can get very rich doing a very simple thing."

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