A Short Story on Self Confidence

by Stephen on September 2, 2013 · 85 comments

in Motivational Stories

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.

Author Unknown
Story submitted by A.Bhatia

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{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sayed September 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Really, it is an inspirational story.

2 Gee September 2, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Truly inspirational 🙂

3 Krunal Patel September 2, 2013 at 11:23 pm

A very nice inspirational story…

4 Vanlalmawia Renthlei September 3, 2013 at 1:06 am

This is really great and indeed inspiring!

5 Dambu September 3, 2013 at 1:11 am

Nice one. Hard-work and self-confidence have the power to change anything.

6 Pranitha September 3, 2013 at 1:34 am

Amazing!!! Gives you a confidence boost!

7 Sneha September 3, 2013 at 1:45 am

It’s really an inspirational story. Please upload more of such stories.

8 Mosopefoluwaah September 3, 2013 at 2:24 am

Great confidence to face challenging situations.

9 Joyce September 3, 2013 at 4:58 am

It is amazing how we tend to underestimate ourselves and end up believing that we cant make it while the truth is there is nothing impossible if we put our mind to it. What we really need is perseverance irrespective how hard it is.

10 Renu Dhir September 3, 2013 at 5:50 am

Really Inspiring

11 Elsa Espanol September 3, 2013 at 7:25 am

Nice story!!!

12 Camilia September 3, 2013 at 11:46 am

I love this story. Really awesome, thanks.

13 Tlangelani September 3, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Very soul uplifting, there is life at the end of the tunnel, just have to find how to live there. Very nice story.

14 zeenath September 3, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Really nice and I love this story, please upload more such an inspiring story. Thank you.

15 Lala September 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Wow that’s a very inspirational story.

16 Jerome Joseph September 4, 2013 at 7:18 am

Resposibility means willingness of taking risk…and this inspirational story tells us how we get the reward when we act with confidence! Great one!

17 Krishnan September 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

Don’t quit before you are dead.

18 Kamal September 5, 2013 at 12:15 am

It is truly inspiring.

19 Dyan September 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

Seriously this story inspires me a lot.. I can feel deep inside my heart the confident..

20 Awuni Clement September 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

Oh God these sort of moral stories give us the vigor to do everything.

21 R.Shivaram September 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

A boost and a spirit to negative thoughts.

22 R.Shivaram September 5, 2013 at 8:21 am

Fight but do not quite.

23 Kusuma September 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

Wow..! It’s really a wonderful story. Everyone should have self confidence in any situation and I agree with this story.

24 Ashish September 8, 2013 at 5:12 am

Awesome story.

25 B K SINGH September 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

It is really an energetic and motivational story.

26 Rosalyne September 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Beautiful story!!! Our mindset is the oar in the boat of life!!!

27 Sai Kumar Bitkuri September 13, 2013 at 11:01 am

Outstanding. We can learn a lot from the above story.

28 Santosh September 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Yes it is a very nice story. It tells us that we all have power within ourselves to do anything only we need some faith on ourselves.

29 Akshata September 24, 2013 at 2:21 am

Inspiring story…

30 Purvi panchal September 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Awesome 1…

31 Ashty Hassan September 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

Well done awesome story.

32 Subir September 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Great story.

33 Kanchan October 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Power of self confidence! Inspiring! 🙂

34 Lawrance October 4, 2013 at 6:17 am

That’s an awesome story! Truly motivating!

35 Raghu October 10, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Good story.

36 AdrianR October 11, 2013 at 6:16 am

Amazing story, thx a lot !

37 Arun s Kumar October 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm

It boosts my confidence 1000 times.

38 T R Soman October 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

A very inspiring story. Everyone needs to read such motivational stories. Thanks to the author.

39 Om Parkash October 31, 2013 at 10:49 am

Truly inspirational. I really liked it.

40 John November 10, 2013 at 4:09 am

Maybe the executive should take the old man from the rest house to thank him.

41 Saumya Shrivastava November 12, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Motivational indeed….

42 Paru November 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

Truly …. this is one lesson to every one including me.

43 Mona Asodiya December 7, 2013 at 1:10 pm

NeVer eVeR qUit..!

44 S.P.Bhardwaj December 30, 2013 at 1:50 am

It is an excellent story which tells that nothing can be compared with a words of motivation to a man who is really waiting only for the same.

45 Vinod December 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

Great inspirational story. Never give up.

46 Rajasekaran.r January 3, 2014 at 4:31 am

A nice story.

47 Shafs January 5, 2014 at 6:58 am

It’s a great story, liked it a lot.

48 Shukor January 6, 2014 at 3:14 am

Great motivation story. While reading the first line I couldn’t believe that Rockefeller will do such an honorable thing. And I was right.

49 Lucky osaro January 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

Wow! This is one of the best stories ever… Pls give this post a MEDAL.

50 Karen Ann A. Olivar January 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

Indeed, very inspiring! I love it…

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