A Check of 500,000 dol­lars


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Abusi­ness­man was deep in debt and could see no way out. He sat on the park bench, head in hands, seek­ing so­lu­tions to save his com­pany.

Sud­denly an old man ap­peared. “Are you in trou­ble now?” he asked. Af­ter he heard the busi­ness­man's sto­ries, the old man said, “I be­lieve I can help you.” He asked the busi­ness­man’s name, wrote a check, and handed it to the busi­ness­man, “Take this. Meet me here one year from to­day. At that time I be­lieve you can pay me back with your ef­forts.” Then he left.

In his hand, the busi­ness­man saw a check of 500,000 dol­lars, signed by John D. Rock­e­feller, who was then one of the rich­est men in the world. “I can solve my prob­lems now!” he ex­claimed to him­self. But he de­cided not to use the money, he put the check aside in his safe case, He took it as the source of hope push­ing him to work hard to save his com­pany.

Within a few months, he was out of debt and mak­ing money once again. One year later, he re­turned to the park with the check of $500,000. At the agreed-on time, the old man ap­peared. Just as the busi­ness­man was about to hand back the check and share his suc­cess­ful story with him, a nurse came run­ning up and grabbed the old man. “I am so glad I caught him!” she cried, “I hope he hasn’t been both­er­ing you. He’s al­ways es­cap­ing from the mental in­sti­tu­tion and telling peo­ple he’s John D. Rock­e­feller.” And she took him away by the arm. The busi­ness­man stood there, dumb­founded.

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