A beggar was sitting at the train station with a bowl full of pencils. A young executive passed by and dropped a dollar in the bowl. He then boarded the train. Before the doors closed, something came to his mind and he went back to the beggar, grabbed a bunch of pencils, and said, “They are priced right. After all you are a business person and so am I,” and he left.
Six months later, the executive attended a party. The beggar was also there in a suit and tie. The beggar recognized the executive, went up to him and said, “You probably don’t recognize me but I remember you.” He then narrated the incident that happened six months before. The executive said, “Now that you have reminded me, I do recall that you were begging. What are you doing here in your suit and tie?” The beggar replied, “You
probably don’t know what you did for me that day. You were the first person in my life who gave me back my dignity. You grabbed the bunch of pencils and said, ‘They are priced right. After all, you are a business person and so am 1.’ After you left, I thought to myself, what am I doing here? Why am I begging? I decided to do something constructive with my life. I packed my bag, started working and here I am. I Just want to thank you for giving me back my dignity. That incident changed my life.”
[From You can win]