Wednesday, April 5, 2006

The "$20.00 Bill" lesson

I'm sure many of you might have read this. No matter,
sometimes we just need to be reminded!

A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up
a $20.00 bill. In the room of 200, he asked,
"Who would like this $20 bill?"

Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20
to one of you but first, let me do this.

He proceeded to crumple up the $20 dollar bill. He then
asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in
the air. Well, he replied, "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, now
crumpled and dirty.

"Now, who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

My friends, we have all learned a very valuable lesson.
No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it
because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and
ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the
circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are
worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will
happen, you will never lose your value. Dirty or clean,
crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to
those who DO LOVE you.

The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we
know, but by WHO WE ARE.

You are special - Don't EVER forget it."

If you do not pass this on, you may never know the lives
it touches, the hurting hearts it speaks to, or the hope
that it can bring.

Count your blessings, not your problems.
And remember: amateurs built the ark, professionals built
the Titanic.


  1. What??

    We're only worth $20/-???

    hehe ;)

  2. I saw another version in a top management speech.. the speaker held a S$10.00 bill and asked who wants to change this for $1.

    He repeated this 3 times and nobody raised their hand.. apparently everyone though it was a trick question and couldn't beleive it is a deal with no trick.

    The left brain is working against the right.

  3. FH2o, I believe everyone has a price. It may be $20/- or $20 million. Depends on the trade-off.

    Robin, interesting experiment. It's human nature that we do not believe the simplicity of things - like too good to be true, sort of.
    That's why contestants in quiz shows are sometimes in a bind when posed with a simple question. Thanks for sharing that.

  4. Hmm...that reminds me of a class I once saw on a TV program:

    The teacher held up an Oreo cookie and said, "Who wants to eat this cookie?"

    Almost everyone raised his or her hand.

    Then the teacher handed to cookie to a student and said, "Here, touch it. Play with it. Do whatever you want with it except eat it. Then pass it to the person next to you."

    The students complied. They handled the cookie, tossed it around, dropped it on the floor, tore the two halves apart and ate the frosting, etc.. When it had made the rounds of all the students, the teacher took it back.

    "Now who wants to eat this cookie?" asked the teacher.

    None of the students raised his hand.

    "Of course you don't," said the teacher, smiling. "No one does. Now imagine that this cookie is a boy or a girl. Would you want to date this person knowing he or she had been pawed over by someone else?"

    The students all said no.

    "You see?" said the teacher. "That's why it's better to be true to someone than to play around." vs. cookies...

  5. MM, that must have been a moral studies class. Different analogies for different purposes.
    Very clever of the teacher.

  6. Anonymous8:09 PM

    I accepted a dirty cookie from a speaker once, went outside and sold it for a dirty $20 bill.

    In Washington DC all things are possible.

  7. FH2O, the human body is mostly water. Totally broken down into its elements it is only worth $20.

    Some girls get more...

  8. Anon, Pandabonium - hmmmmm......