You are a Businessman | Story no. 48/101

A New York businessman dropped a dollar into the cup of a man selling pencils and hurriedly stepped aboard the subway train. On second thought, he stepped back off the train, walked over to the beggar and took several pencils from the cup. Apologetically, he explained that in his haste he had neglected to pick up his pencils and hoped the man wouldn’t be upset with him. “After all,” he said, “you are a businessman just like myself. You have merchandise to sell and it’s fairly priced.”

Then he caught the next train. At a social function a few months later, a neatly-dressed salesman stepped up to the businessman and introduced himself. “You probably don’t remember me and I don’t know your name, but I will never forget you. You are the man who gave me back my self-respect. I was a “beggar” selling pencils until you came along and told me I was a businessman.”

 

De-briefing of this Story

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.  The greatest good we can do for anyone is not to share our wealth with them, but rather to reveal their own wealth to them.

 

This Story can be used to share the importance

1- Empathy

2- Treating others with Respect

 

Story source

From the book “See you at the Top” by Zig Ziglar

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