The Untold story of John D. Rockefeller

04 Sep

Hey guys, I am glad to bring this piece to you. Its a friends post and desired to share it with you because of the lessons it thought me. Please read on.

Though many roads lead to the Path we seek, essentially, there are only two we should always try to follow: reason and practice.


A business executive was deep in debt and could see no way out.
Creditors were closing in on him. Suppliers were demanding payment.
He sat on a 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 executive’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 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.
“I’m so glad I caught him!” she cried.
“I hope he hasn’t been bothering you. He’s always escaping from the rest home and telling people he’s John D. Rockefeller. ”
And she led the old man away by the arm.
The astonished executive just stood there, stunned.

All year long he’d been wheeling and dealing, buying and selling, convinced he had half a 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.

I have come to realize that most times, you don’t need external influence to motivate you. Sometimes, the motivation you need is actually within you. “…and David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” Ist Samuel 30:6.

How many times have situations overwhelmed you? How many times were you able to shake up the ghost and run? Things will happen and those that will leave you speechless will as well happen but are you determined not to cry over what has happened. I wish to use this medium to assure you that you are still valuable. You have a responsibility to strengthen yourself because you are  a King. Let not situations look down on you. Always find inward strength to propel you to more success. Don’t rest on your oars. God won’t let you down.

Rule fearlessly!


Posted by on September 4, 2012 in Motivation


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3 responses to “The Untold story of John D. Rockefeller

  1. Solpria

    July 27, 2013 at 12:16

    Since the admin of this web site is working, no doubt
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  2. david jones

    February 3, 2014 at 18:58

    money is never a worthy goal in life, nor is power, the only worthy goal in life is to make the existence of all wildlife and the planet a better place than when you arrive, if others must suffer so you attain your goal, then you have failed, we know there are inventions that could help in this bought up by big business to protect their interests, this is where your little story fails to impress me,


    • Israel Elochukwu

      September 18, 2014 at 14:24

      Thank you David Jones for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your comment but I should say this, money in this case was used as an object to motivate the executive. It was clear the man needed some sort of external push to stand up and save his business. He got it but I guess he actually felt disappointed that what he hoped on was immaterial, hence, my summary. Everyone of us has something which gives us inner strength. Our goals are different and our belief systems too. If we are all able to discover our secret obsession and pursue it without hesitation, we’ll go a long way to achieving our lives’ goals.



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