Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Story from Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing is the wealthiest businessman in Hong Kong and was ranked 14th as the world's richest billionaires by Forbes in 2010. Once, he was interviewed in a TV documentary in Hong Kong, and told the interviewer a personal story:

One day, Li was driven back home after work. When Li got off from his car, he dropped a $10 coin, and the coin rolled underneath the car. Li bent down and stretched his hand under the car in order to grab it back. With Li's age, he was not able to do so even after a few tries. Li's driver saw the situation, and asked, "Mr Li, what are you doing? Is there anything I can do for you?" Li told him that he lost his $10 coin. The driver took off his jacket, knelt down and grabbed the $10 coin out from beneath the car, and gave it back to Li. Li smiled, and happily put the $10 coin into his pocket. He then took out a $100 note, and gave to the driver as appreciation.
Li said to the interviewer, " It's not about the value of the money. I gave my driver $100, he would spend it and make use of it. If I didn't pick up the $10 coin, it would be lost for ever and wasted."

Li Ka-shing's point was that money could always be used, but never be wasted.

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