Monday, October 1, 2012


There’s one attribute that can help you overcome even the most disastrous of circumstances.

Even if you are faking it.

What is that one attribute?

The story below reveals it…

A once-successful business owner found himself deep in debt and could see no way out. The creditors were closing in on him and his key suppliers were demanding payment or they were going to cut him off, which would shutter his business.

Desperate and distraught, he found himself sitting on a park bench fretting about his situation trying to think of what to do to save his company from its impending bankruptcy.

Just then, an old man walked up and sat down next to him. The old man said, “I can see something is troubling you son. What is it?” After listening to the business owner’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 owner looked down to see the check in his hand was for $500,000, signed by John D. Rockefeller, one of the richest men in the world. The business owner thought, “All my money worries have been erased in an instant!”

Nevertheless, the business owner decided to put the check in his safe first, before going to immediately cash it. He thought, just knowing it was there as backup gave him strength to work out a way to save his business.

With renewed optimism, he negotiated better deals, got extended terms of payment and pushed through on a few 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 un-cashed check. The old man did not appear for some time, yet the business executive decided to wait for a while more. Sometime later, the old man came along but seemed unmindful of the business owner.

He stopped the old man and was about to hand over the check with enthusiastic words of gratitude when he saw a nurse come running up to grab the old man.

She said, “I’m so glad I caught him. I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling everyone he’s Rockefeller.” And she led the old man away by the arm.

The astonished business owner just stood there, stunned. All year long, he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half-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 newfound self-confidence that gave him the power to achieve anything he went after.

He understood in that moment that his massive transformation came from one force—confidence.

Confidence is nothing but the distant vision held positively, no matter what comes. It derives from one’s commitment and dedication and is entirely internal, no matter the external circumstances.

If there is one attribute you want to work hard on developing it is this: CONFIDENCE.

CONFIDENCE, as defined by dictionary.com: full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing (meaning yourself).

That’s what you want: full trust and belief in your powerful self.

From Steve Ventura

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