Nicks was born at Third and Long-- literally.
His family's house was at the corner of Third and Long streets on the east side of town. It used to be called "the other side of the tracks" when the railroads ran through town.
He was not born among the poorest of the poor, but he knew his family didn't have a lot of money. So he decided to get rich.
Nicks became rich not because he desired or loved the carrot of wealth, but because he was afraid of the stick of poverty.
After he became rich, his outlook was the same. He feared different things: Thieves, con artists, and taxation.