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Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)
TITLE: A Sound Investment
By Bob Zoellner
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"Sure, come on in," he said as he rose from his desk and motioned to the empty chair across the room. "What's on your mind?"
"Well, I had something I wanted to run by you. I've been thinking about it for a while, and I finally decided to talk to you about it."
I had been with Sherrod and Associates for nine years now, one of its top producers for the last five. I knew I was a valuable employee, and that Mr. Sherrod admired my work. He also welcomed all the money I made for him.
"Drew, as we've discussed on many occassions, my door is always open. We have appreciated your work around here for quite some time. I'm always ready to listen to anything on your mind."
"Well, sir, that's why I'm here. I've enjoyed tremendously the years I've spent here, and look forward to the opportunities to share ideas that help make this company a success. I pride myself on what I've contributed to help make this one of the most respected companies in our industry, and I value the feedback you've always given me on my work, good or bad. There's something of the utmost importance I need to talk to you about, and I hope now's not a bad time."
"Of course not, but you don't need to soften me up with your compliments. You are well respected here, Drew, and you can feel comfortable around me. Now quit beating around the bush and spit it out."
Okay. Take a deep breath. Just plunge in and give it to him straight. He obviously senses some reluctance on my part to share what's on my mind. What's wrong with me?
"All right. I'll do my best. Sir, if you found an investment that you were one hundred percent sure of, that paid untold dividends and could make you rich beyond belief, what would you do?"
Sherrod thought for a moment, then with just the hint of a smile on his face, said, "I think I would call in the authorities and tell them I've found a colossal scam."
He then leaned back in his chair and just stared at me for what seemed like an eternity. Was that all he was going to say? He must think I am a fool.
"But sir, what if this investment was proved to be legitimate, and it was just as I said? That it was found to be completely above board, paid dividends that were out of this world, giving you untold riches beyond anything you could ask or imagine? What would you say then?"
"I'd say tell me more. If there is something out there as you say, I'd be very interested. I'm constantly looking for ways to improve the bottom line, and any sound investment would certainly be worth investigating."
"I'm glad to here you say that, sir. I have found such an investment, and I think I need you to hear about it. It's an investment I've already made, and I'm beginning to see results already. In fact, I gave up everything to put into this investment. But, as I said, the return is out of this world. There is nothing that can compare to this."
"Drew, if what you are telling me is the gospel truth, then I'd say you are the shrewdest man alive. Now boy, you've piqued my interest. For God's sake, spit it out!"
"Sir, I'd like to tell you about Jesus..."
<i> "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field." (Matthew 13:44) </i>
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