Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Power of Self Confidence

A short piece of inspiring story shared by one of my friend through email. It portraits the  hidden powers of the self confidence. Though not at such large scale, we too often encounter such phenomena in our life.
A business executive 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.Nonetheless, the executive decided to  put the check in his safe first. Just knowing it was there, would give him the strength to work  out away to save his business, he thought.
With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals and got extended terms of payment from  creditors. Soon he could close some big sales. Within a few months, he was out of debt and  making money once again.

Exactly a year later, he returned to the park with that uncashed check. The old man did not  appear for some time yet the business executive decided to wait for a while more.

A while later  the old man came along the way but seemed to be unmindful of the business executive. He stopped  the old man and was about the hand over the cheque with a few words of thanks as well as share  his success story.

At the same time, he saw a nurse come running up and grabbing 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 new found self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.  He understood that Confidence is nothing but the distant vision held positively no matter what  comes in between. It comes from one's own commitment and dedication and entirely internal.

"Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and  strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth"