well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill.
In the room of 200, he asked "What is this piece of paper and is it worth
anything?" "It is a $20 bill, which can be cashed in international
& national markets for it's quoted value?" replied one of the
many participants who raised their hands.
speaker proceeded to crumple up the $20 bill using both his hands
until it became a bundle of wrinkled paper. He then unfolded
it again and making an unsuccessful attempt to keep it straight he
asked, "Would you still be able to negotiate it for it's quoted value?"
Yes !!" was the echoing reply from the participants.
he said, "Looks like I haven't done enough! What if I do this?"
And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor
with his shoe. He picked it up, which was now all crumpled, dirty, defaced
and not easy to recognize from a distance. "Now will some one like
to trade it for its quoted value?" Many hands went in the air.
think that piece of currency is still holding its quoted value" replied
a participant in an unsure voice. "This bill can still
fetch goods worth 20 Dollars" said the other participants. Every
friends, there is a very valuable lesson in this exercise that we are just
through with. It may have appeared to some of you, that I was able to
deshape, deface, mutilate & alter the $20 bill during the process as
the effects were quite visible".
No matter what I did to this piece of paper, you still upheld its negotiability
because you were sure in your mind that my actions did not actually
decrease its value. It was still a currency note worth $20".
times in our lives, we feel as though we are dropped, crumpled, and
ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and/or the circumstances
that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. It may
also appear to onlookers as if it has really happened to a certain
extent. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, please
remember you never lose your "Value".