A Check of 500,000 dollars
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.