A gentleman was widely known for his philanthropy and charity.
Not being well off since his childhood, he worked diligently to make a better life for himself as an adult.
His diligence paid off tenfold, he was not only comfortable in his own life, but he used his extra wealth to ensure that others in turn lived better lives.
From both his selflessness and his stature in the business world, his input was constantly sought; whether it was for the next stock option, or the best fishing reel to buy, his word was considered very wise.
One day, however, a business whose owner this gentleman knew well, was in danger of going under.
The owner came to this gentleman for his assistance one day, asking what he should do in his precarious position.
The businessman told him to do nothing.
The business owner was at first taken aback and then became furious at him, thinking he was being coy in conspiracy to overtake his enterprise. In his fury he asked why it would be prudent for him to do nothing especially at a time when immediate action was required immediately.
“If your previous practices have led you into your current situation, perhaps you should do the exact opposite.”