About Opening Doors

‘Opening doors’ is a customary term in the business world and in life in general. Many would claim that it shortens processes, cuts bureaucracy and allows you to pass the threshold. From there, with your skills and talents, you’ll be able to proceed on your own. In this context, here is a nice story I received from Benji Livne, who once opened a door to a friend and in return was told the following:

A young man arrived in Las Vegas to try out his luck. He started to gamble with few tens of Dollars, made some money which of course made his appetite grow bigger. At about midnight his luck changed, as it always happens, and he began losing. By the next morning he had lost all his money, possessions, his house and his clothes. He found himself thrown out on the street wearing nothing but his underwear.

Helpless, he walked around in a nearby park looking for a public toilet in order to ease his nervous stomach. Finally, he found a place but realized that a dime is needed in order to open the door. With not even having a dime, he kept on walking, holding his upset stomach, when he noticed someone crossing his path.

“Excuse me,” he said, “could you please give me a dime?”

Without asking any question the stranger pulled out a dime and gave it to our gambler.

The man hurried back to toilets and while trying to insert the dime, the door opened up from the inside and a fat person pushed himself out of the cabin. Our gambler slipped his foot between the door and the lintel and slide in without using the dime.

Holding the dime in his fist, he found in the garbage something to cover himself with and went back to the casino. He played with the dime, gained a dollar, then ten dollars, a hundred, thousand, million… so he went on until noon time, being wise enough to quit with a fortune.

A few years had passed by and the man was now a teacher for economics in a well-known university. In one of his lectures he told the students about the way he made his way up, about how luck treated him down and up the hill and he concluded with a sigh, saying: “Had  I found the man that saved me when I was in this huge distress, I would have shared with him half of my fortune.”

A student stood up from the rear and said: “Dear professor, it was me that came across you in that park that early morning. I remember that you wore nothing but grey underwear and I even noticed a scar on your belly. It was me who gave you the ten cents that have changed your life.”

The professor looked at him, nodded his head and said: “Thank you so much my dear friend. I believe you that you are the good person that gave me the ten cents, but ….   I’m looking for the one who opened up the door for me.”

 (This story was sent to me by Benji Livne, but he doesn’t know the source)

 So let this nice story serve as a reminder that we can feel comfortable when we are being helped and when somebody opens a door for us. Not exactly in this context, but still relevant, I recall a saying by Alexander Graham Bell: “When one door closes another one opens up, but often we are so busy looking at the closed door with sorrow and pain, that we fail to notice that another door had opened up for us…”

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Shuka, Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Quite interesting story.
Like the Chinese old adage:When you are losing something your will gain something from otherside.

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