Moral Story: Half a Million Dollars

There was a business executive who was in deep debt and could not see a way out. Creditors were closing in on him and suppliers were demanding payment. One day, he was seated on a park bench, wondering if anything could save his company from bankruptcy.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him. “I can see that something is troubling you,” he said. After listening to the executive’s woes, the old man said, “I believe I can help you”. He asked the man his name, wrote out a cheque, and pushed it into his hand saying, “Take this money. Meet me here exactly one year from today and you can pay me back at that time”. Then he turned and disappeared as quickly as he had come.

The business executive saw in his hand a cheque for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!

“I can erase all my money worries in an instant!” he realized. But instead, the executive decided to put the uncashed cheque in his safe. Just knowing it was there might give him the strength to work out a way to save his business, he thought. With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and extended terms of payment. He closed several big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and started making money once again.

Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the uncashed cheque. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the cheque and share his success story, a nurse came running up and grabbed the old man.

“I’m so glad I caught him!” she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He has always been escaping from the rest home and telling people that he is John D. Rockefeller”. She led the old man away by the arm.

The astonished executive just stood there stunned. All year long he had been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, very much convinced with the fact that he had half a million dollars behind him for aid.

He began to realize that it wasn’t the money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve everything he went after. He understood that confidence is nothing but the distant vision held positively no matter what comes in between. It comes from one’s own commitment and dedication and is entirely internal.

It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you if you allow it. Believe in yourself and keep winning, Cheers!

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