A business man was deep in debt and he could see no way out. Creditors were chasing him. Suppliers were demanding payment. He sat in a park thinking if anything could save his Company from bankruptcy. Suddenly, an old man appeared before him and said: "I can see that something is troubling you". After listening to the business man's difficulties and problems, the old man said, "I believe, I can help you". He asked the man his name, wrote out a cheque, and gave 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. The business man saw in his hand a cheque for $100,000, signed by one of the richest men in the world. "Now my financial worries are over in an instant", he thought and started smiling.
Nevertheless, the business man decided to put the cheque in his safe (in reserve) first. He thought, just knowing it was there, would give him the strength to work out a way to save his business.
With renewed optimism, he negotiated better contracts and got extended terms of payment from his suppliers and started doing big deals. Within a few months, he was out of debt and had started making money once again.
Exactly a year later, the businessman returned to the park with the uncashed old man’s cheque. The old man did not appear and the business man decided to wait. Sometime later, the business man saw the old man and thought to hand over him the cheque with a few words of thanks.
After a little while, the businessman saw a nurse came running up to catch the old man. “I’m so glad, I caught him”, she cried. “I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He escapes from the Mental Hospital many times and tells everybody that he is Rockefeller” and she took the old man with her. The astonished business man just stood there, shocked! Throughout the year, he had been confidently buying and selling huge stocks and having big deals, convinced he had half a million dollars with him.
Suddenly, the businessman realized that it was not Rockefeller’s money, real or imagined, that had turned his life around. It was his new found self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he wanted and it came from his own efforts: commitment, dedication and hard work.