There was a business executive who was deep in debt and could see no way out.
Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat on the park bench, head in hands, 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 check, 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 check for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, then one of the richest men in the world!
“I can erase my money worries in an instant!” he realized. But instead, the executive decided to put the uncashed check 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 making money once again.
Exactly one year later, he returned to the park with the uncashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. But just as the executive was about to hand back the check 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’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller.”
And she led the old man away by the arm.
The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him.
Suddenly, he realized 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 anything he went after.
Story submitted by A.Bhatia
Classic story on confidence building.
Incredible message for who’s struggling in bad mindset.
One of my best stories i ever read. the twist was like movie. Confidence is something that we all carry until we don’t try for it.
awesome story, liked the twist at last..
Awesome story for self confidence ! Love it !!
Very nice inspiration motivator story.
This story proves how much support is important,Someone or something that believe our ability like that man and have a large power to compensate the situation anytime in case of the failure, like the amount of the check.
Finally, if we believe always there is a hidden power that believers and save us in any situation we never lose our confidence.
A very inspiring story
This is really inspired story.you are really good..
No Matter What, Nvr Evr QUIT..!
simply amazing. The truth of life explained so simply.
i really love this story
very inspirational .. its has gave a news start
This is indeed a great one!
Self-confidence is one’s real asset.
never ever quit…
movie like story
i like this
Self-confidence matters most.