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A Short Story on Self Confidence

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

{ 98 comments… add one }
  • Jagdeep Uppal April 2, 2015, 6:12 am

    Very nice story

  • Arman March 24, 2015, 9:39 am

    Really, confidence boost story…. confidence = live else dead

  • Selci March 18, 2015, 10:08 pm

    Really interesting story. Superbbbbb

  • Josh March 10, 2015, 3:38 pm

    Really good read it with my fellow class mates

  • Sohan November 12, 2014, 7:07 am

    Very motivating

  • Swati pandey November 8, 2014, 1:47 am

    Truly inspiring….. thanks for giving us such kind of motivation and inspiration.

  • Indhu October 6, 2014, 1:37 pm

    Excellent Yarr……

  • Lakshmi September 18, 2014, 9:52 am

    Excellent story…good Keep it up….

  • Mohamed Azab September 16, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Excellent story

  • R Satyanarayana September 10, 2014, 7:41 am

    Really it’s inspirational story.

  • Bharani September 3, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Nice one

  • Raj August 24, 2014, 10:13 am

    Too motivational …good story…inspired

  • Dhanam August 16, 2014, 1:57 am

    This story is very motive

  • Baljeet kaur July 26, 2014, 2:31 am

    Very inpirational story

  • Rashmi sharma July 17, 2014, 9:50 pm

    Trully… motivating … a must read

  • Yash July 8, 2014, 11:03 am

    Interesting story

  • Jeniva July 7, 2014, 10:42 pm

    Really excellent story. In the world everyone need such type of person.

  • Sandeep raj July 2, 2014, 5:58 am

    Nice story…inspired..by d story…love fr d writter…

  • Saurav June 27, 2014, 10:06 am

    Glad to see this kind of stories

  • Aakash June 16, 2014, 4:43 am

    Hats off n thanks 4 motivate life

  • Sreelakshmi.k.c June 10, 2014, 6:38 am

    Wow!!! I really loved it. A truly inspirational story.

  • Swati May 30, 2014, 2:39 am

    Nice story, giving inspiration to keep confidence..

  • Vikash jha April 2, 2014, 12:42 pm

    This story has really helped me to understand the fact that self confidence is a powerful tool and weapon by which we can fight the difficulties of life.

  • Najma March 18, 2014, 1:46 am

    A true self confident booster story.

  • Meeta govekar February 10, 2014, 7:46 am

    Nice and good

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

    Indeed, very inspiring! I love it…

  • Lucky osaro January 9, 2014, 10:53 am

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

  • Shukor January 6, 2014, 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.

  • Shafs January 5, 2014, 6:58 am

    It’s a great story, liked it a lot.

  • Rajasekaran.r January 3, 2014, 4:31 am

    A nice story.

  • Vinod December 30, 2013, 8:34 am

    Great inspirational story. Never give up.

  • S.P.Bhardwaj December 30, 2013, 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.

  • Mona Asodiya December 7, 2013, 1:10 pm

    NeVer eVeR qUit..!

  • Paru November 28, 2013, 9:10 am

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

  • Saumya Shrivastava November 12, 2013, 6:05 pm

    Motivational indeed….

  • John November 10, 2013, 4:09 am

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

  • Om Parkash October 31, 2013, 10:49 am

    Truly inspirational. I really liked it.

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

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

  • Arun s Kumar October 11, 2013, 4:39 pm

    It boosts my confidence 1000 times.

  • AdrianR October 11, 2013, 6:16 am

    Amazing story, thx a lot !

  • Raghu October 10, 2013, 8:55 pm

    Good story.

  • Lawrance October 4, 2013, 6:17 am

    That’s an awesome story! Truly motivating!

  • Kanchan October 2, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Power of self confidence! Inspiring! 🙂

  • Subir September 29, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Great story.

  • Ashty Hassan September 28, 2013, 10:00 am

    Well done awesome story.

  • Purvi panchal September 24, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Awesome 1…

  • Akshata September 24, 2013, 2:21 am

    Inspiring story…

  • Santosh September 21, 2013, 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.

  • Sai Kumar Bitkuri September 13, 2013, 11:01 am

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

  • Rosalyne September 11, 2013, 1:57 pm

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

  • B K SINGH September 9, 2013, 10:06 pm

    It is really an energetic and motivational story.

  • Ashish September 8, 2013, 5:12 am

    Awesome story.

  • Kusuma September 6, 2013, 11:05 am

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

  • R.Shivaram September 5, 2013, 8:21 am

    Fight but do not quite.

  • R.Shivaram September 5, 2013, 8:20 am

    A boost and a spirit to negative thoughts.

  • Awuni Clement September 5, 2013, 8:06 am

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

  • Dyan September 5, 2013, 12:52 am

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

  • Kamal September 5, 2013, 12:15 am

    It is truly inspiring.

  • Krishnan September 4, 2013, 10:16 am

    Don’t quit before you are dead.

  • Jerome Joseph September 4, 2013, 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!

  • Lala September 3, 2013, 5:45 pm

    Wow that’s a very inspirational story.

  • zeenath September 3, 2013, 2:33 pm

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

  • Tlangelani September 3, 2013, 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.

  • Camilia September 3, 2013, 11:46 am

    I love this story. Really awesome, thanks.

  • Elsa Espanol September 3, 2013, 7:25 am

    Nice story!!!

  • Renu Dhir September 3, 2013, 5:50 am

    Really Inspiring

  • Joyce September 3, 2013, 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.

  • Mosopefoluwaah September 3, 2013, 2:24 am

    Great confidence to face challenging situations.

  • Sneha September 3, 2013, 1:45 am

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

  • Pranitha September 3, 2013, 1:34 am

    Amazing!!! Gives you a confidence boost!

  • Dambu September 3, 2013, 1:11 am

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

  • Vanlalmawia Renthlei September 3, 2013, 1:06 am

    This is really great and indeed inspiring!

  • Krunal Patel September 2, 2013, 11:23 pm

    A very nice inspirational story…

  • Gee September 2, 2013, 10:20 pm

    Truly inspirational 🙂

  • Sayed September 2, 2013, 8:14 pm

    Really, it is an inspirational story.

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