"Daddy, how much do you earn per hour?” asked the child in a timid voice as his father came back home from work.
With a harsh tone, the father replied, "Listen son, those are matters that not even your mother knows about. Don't bother me. I am very tired. "But Daddy"," the child insisted", "Please tell me how much you earn per hour."
This time the father's reaction was less harsh and said:"US$20 per hour."
"Daddy, may I please borrow US$10?" asked the child.
The father became angry and spoke to his son, "So that was the reason why you wanted to know how much I earn. Go to sleep and don't bother me, you selfish child."
During the night, the father was thinking about the incident and started to feel guilty. Maybe his son needed the money to buy something very important. Then, wanting to put his conscience to rest, he went to his son's room and speaking in a low tone, asked his son, "Are you asleep, son?"
"No, Daddy," he responded half asleep.
Here's the money that you asked, said the father. “Thank you Daddy”, said the child. At this point, he reached under his pillow and took out some coins. “Now I have enough Daddy. I have US$20. Would you sell me one hour of your time?”
Oh! A story that usually brings tears to many including the speaker. A story to warn many that it is OK to work for others when they are starting out but do not make it a life time endeavor and they should one day be their own boss. I like to use it when I talk about the multiplication of time through others, the most important secret to wealth. Eddy Chai.