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A Short Story on Self Confidence

There was a business executive who 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 executives 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. But instead, the executive decided to put the uncashed 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 renewed optimism, 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 one year later, he returned to the park with the uncashed check. At the agreed-upon time, the old man appeared. 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.

Im so glad I caught him! she cried. I hope he hasnt been bothering you. Hes always escaping from the rest home and telling people hes John D. Rockefeller.

And she led the old man away by the arm.

The astonished executive just stood there, stunned. All year long hed been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a million dollars behind him.

Suddenly, he realized that it wasnt 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.

From India, New Delhi
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Dinesh Divekar
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Dinesh Divekar
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Dear Kumar,

While publishing someone else's content, it is important to include the name of the author. If not for the name of the author, at least the link from where the content was copied. However, it is unfortunate to note that you have done neither.

You have copied the story from Ivan Teh-Runningman. Here is the link to his blog:

https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot....que-story.html

Earlier, on 4th Dec 2022, you published a post that was also copied from the blog of Philip Chircop. However, the source of the content was not published.

A habit of "copying and pasting" destroys one's creative abilities. Valuing originality is important. I wish you learn these values as early as possible!

Thanks,

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
kumaracme
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Dear Dinesh Divekar Thanks for your advice. Henceforth I will avoid to post. But the story / anecdote has inspiring content which no one can deny
From India, New Delhi
Dinesh Divekar
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Dear Kumar,

You don't have to stop posting altogether. My point is limited to disclosing the source of the information. Neither did I deny the value of the content. My point is limited to not violating the author's copyrights and that is all.

Laws of copyright demand obtaining permission from the author before publishing. I am not questioning whether permission was obtained or not. I am just suggesting the disclosure of the name of the author and the book or the blog from where the content was taken.

India has made significant progress in many walks of life, however, in the field of research, she lacks significantly. Though India pride itself in being the IT engine of the world, not a single IT company has produced its own language. Indian IT companies are content with working languages developed by western countries and doing projects on them.

India is the biggest mobile phone market in the world, India does not have a single mobile manufacturing company. Though manufacturing of the mobile phones takes place in India, practically these are not "manufacturing" but "assembly" companies. Minor components are manufactured in India but the vital products are imported from the country that designed the product.

This is because of Indians' tendency to plagiarise rather than do hard work and create something new. India has just failed to create an environment that values originality. Indians are contented with aping, copying or imitating someone else.

How many years or decades will this go on? Very shortly India will celebrate 75 years of independence. However, this independence is just theoretical. Our economic dependence on other countries is very high.

Will Indians vow to change while celebrating "Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav"?

All the best!

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore
HROne
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Self confidence is the belief in one's abilities, qualities, and judgment. It allows individuals to trust their own abilities and feel capable of achieving their goals. Building self confidence requires self-reflection, setting realistic goals, learning from failures, and surrounding oneself with positive and supportive people.
From India, Noida

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