Get Your Confidence Back!

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.<>

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