A businessman dropped a dollar into the cup of a man selling pencils and hurriedly stepped onto the subway train. On second thought, he stepped back off the train, walked over to the beggar and took several pencils from the cup.
Apologetically, he explained that he had forgotten to pick up his pencils and hoped the man wouldn’t be upset with him. “After all,” he said, “you are a businessman just like myself. You have merchandise to sell and it’s fairly priced.” Then he caught the next train.
At a social function a few months later, a neatly dressed salesman stepped up to the businessman and introduced himself. “You probably don’t remember me and I don’t know your name, but I will never forget you. You are the man who gave me back my self-respect. I was a ‘beggar’ selling pencils until you came along and told me I was a businessman.”