Once there was a business executive who was sunken 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 insolvency.

Suddenly an old man appeared before him.

"I can see that something is worrying 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 $100,000, signed by Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men in the world at that time!

"I can erase my money problems in an instant!" he realized. But instead, the executive decided to put the un -cashed 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 revived hope, 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 after one year, the executive returned to the park with the uncashed check of $ 100,000. At the same time, the old man appeared there.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.

He is always escaping from the rest home and telling people he's Andrew Carnegie.

The astonished executive just stood there, stunned.

All year long he'd been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had a check of $100,000 behind him.

Suddenly, he realized that it wasn't the money real or imagined, that had returned his life around. It was his newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.

Moral of the story:

Believe in yourself. Only you can change your life. Boost your self-confidence and see the magic in life. 

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  1. waylander

    Training, faith in your colleagues, confidence in your abilities and the knowledge that you always have a fall back position work wonders for self confidence.

  2. morganracer

    ……………………………Or sometimes you persevere because there is no other alternative
    People like to call me successful but I just continued because there was no other choice
    That was 25 years ago and I am still here with most competitors gone long ago
    So what has been or is my problem ?
    …………………………..I am painfully honest. I haven’t made big money but have always paid my bills on time………. every time
    and been where the executive was not once , more times than I care to remember. But always faith and hard work has prevailed all adversities. Giving up was so easy but after a couple of failures when I was in my twenties I realized you cannot start from zero every time

  3. starlette

    I always taught my two children and grandson……..your as good as the next and a lot better than some………..never sell yourself short and know your own worth……