I’m A Baller - Chapter 55
Translator: Nyoi-Bo Studio Editor: Nyoi-Bo Studio
Wang Yan had no idea what Ling Ya’s actual name was since he hadn’t paid any attention.
But right then, he had no choice but to re-assess the girl before him.
She possessed clear organizational skills, was more than capable of thinking logically, thoroughly considered issues, knew when to be thick-skinned, and had absolutely no qualms about dishing out compliments.
Even Wang Yan was impressed.
There was more to Ling Ya than just her sweet smile and her ability to eat a lot. She turned out to be the most thick-skinned, the most decisive, and the one with the highest emotional intelligence.
It would be hard for someone like her not to succeed.
But she had missed something—the fact that Wang Yan had no interest in this business.
“Don’t talk to me about how much income you could generate. I don’t lack the money,” he thought.
That was how wild it was, being a baller like this.
It wasn’t that Wang Yan had never thought about setting up his own business. It was just that money wouldn’t necessarily be his first concern if he were to set one up.
Wang Yan had a feeling that maybe his true calling would be taking the road less travelled and starting something that would have a profound impact on the world. It wouldn’t be something that focused only on making money. It would be something long-lasting.
What that would be, Wang Yan had no idea at that moment.
But it was alright. There was no rush.
There was still plenty of time and plenty of room for improvement. He could afford to be patient and not grab whatever was right before him at any given time.
Which was why, despite believing that Ling Ya would be able to generate income, he still wasn’t very interested.
It would take too much time and effort to set up a union and whatnot. There wasn’t any point.
Even so, Wang Yan didn’t reject her outright, because he had come to realize that Ling Ya was a girl worth investing in.
After all, just as a fence needed the support of three stakes, an able person would need the help of three other people.
In this time and age, it was no longer practical to insist on doing everything alone. It was difficult to achieve much without the support of a good team.
Besides, it would be a waste for Ling Ya to focus solely on eating broadcasts. She could be put to good use, if properly trained.
For example… being a secretary?
No, no, no. He had to save that spot for He Meng. As for Ling Ya, he would have to throw her to the wolves. For now, anyway.
Wang Yan was happily indulging in his wishful thinking, so he didn’t want to say anything definitive. Never say never!
“Don’t you guys have a one-month contract? Give it a go first. If you make it big, you’ll get many other offers. And you might have different ideas by then.”
Ling Ya was about to protest and pledge her allegiance, but Wang Yan stopped her by patting her shoulders.
“I’ve always believed that chance favors the prepared mind. That business is not worth my time and effort. I know nothing about it, and I don’t intend to learn. What good is it only having enough money and not being fully prepared for it?
“You guys will have to solve the problems on your own.
“That’s all for today. Let’s add each other on WeChat and stay in touch.”
At the last sentence, the expression on Ling Ya’s face had become thoughtful, perhaps even a little excited.
She understood what Wang Yan was getting at, and he had no doubt that she understood what he meant.
Otherwise, she wouldn’t have been worth investing in.
Ling Ya balled her fists, and said assertively, “Please look forward to my results!”
Then she dug out her cell phone and added Wang Yan on WeChat.
Wang Yan couldn’t help but smile. He ruffled her hair fondly before turning around and leaving.
Not only was Ling Ya not annoyed, she had even closed her eyes, seemingly enjoying the touch. She muttered under her breath as she watched Wang Yan’s retreating figure.
“Yeah! Yes! Yes! I knew you wouldn’t have the heart to leave me behind! I’m the super adorable energy booster—Ling Ya! Ya, ya, ya! Hehe!”
After giving herself a pep talk, she finally rubbed her cheeks and walked back into the restaurant with her tail between her legs.
Liu Yuanfang had wanted to talk to her, but Ling Ya didn’t even look up. She was definitely in no mood to talk. That much was apparent.
Watching her float past them with her head bowed, everyone quietened down, and it wasn’t long before they dispersed. No one dared to ask her what she had wanted with Boss Wang.
As for Wang Yan, he didn’t take any of it seriously.
There was no way he would personally set up a union. That was totally impossible and beneath him.
But if Ling Ya could overcome the all the hurdles and only needed money to get things going, he would consider investing in her.
It didn’t matter how much he would make from it, or whether it would become something big. Wang Yan’s objectives were very clear.
Firstly, he would be investing in Ling Ya. Secondly, it would be a good cover for his wealth. And thirdly, he would be able to train several employees in person…
Training was something to be discussed later. He wasn’t even sure that it would be plausible, given that he had spent more time playing while growing up than anything else. It was probably more likely that he would con them. Haha!
Whatever it was, there was no need to overthink things, since he had already made the move and planted the chess pieces.
He would leave everything to time.
Wang Yan made his way home, greeted his parents, jumped into his bed, and eagerly opened the System panel.
[Assets: 4.97 million]
It was obviously time for another System upgrade!
Kindness produced kindness. If it hadn’t been for the six indigestion relief tablets, there was no way that they would have been able to tackle thirty crabs, and his profit would have been reduced by 30 percent.
Of course, it was also thanks to Wang Yan’s flash of inspiration. If he hadn’t thought of organizing a big eater competition and instead treated Liu Li and the girls to a meal, his profits from the Crab King Card would have only amounted to hundreds of thousands.
Besides, money was not the only objective of organizing this event.
Life had changed for many of them because of this event and those indigestion relief tablets.
So far, it appeared that the changes had been for the better.
It was a win-win situation.
With happy thoughts in mind, Wang Yan opened the system panel. “Attribute Modifier, here I come!” he thought.
He received the item in exchange for five hundred thousand dollars. The explanatory notes were, as usual, easy to comprehend.
[For each of the attributes that has a score of 69 or less, you may exchange 10,000 dollars for 1 extra point.]
[For attributes that have a score between 70 and 79, each additional point will cost 100,000.]
[The Modifier shall disappear when all attributes have reached the upper limit of 79 points.]
Wang Yan’s brows furrowed as he accessed his personal page.
[Host: Wang Yan]
[Basic Attributes: Strength 63, Agility 67, Physique 62, Intelligence 64]
[Item(s): Attribute Modifier (Excellence)]
[Status: Refreshing buff]
[Equipment: Li Qinglong skin]
His Strength was short by six points, his Agility was short two points, his Physique was short seven points, and his Intelligence was short five points.
Modifying all of them to 69 points would set him back 190,000 dollars.
And modifying them further, from 69 points to the upper limit of 79 points, would cost him a whopping four million.
“How freaking expensive!” he complained internally.
“This stupid System can’t stand seeing its host possess money, huh?
“I’ve only just become wealthy. Are you trying to make me broke again?”
Despite his rants, Wang Yan showed no hesitation in happily spending the money.
He only had 280,000 left after spending that much, so he was almost back to square one, but he was on the verge of breaking through his limits.
When the score for all attributes hit 79 points, there was a new notification.