Friday, November 28, 2008

The 99 Club....

I was clicking through a few Blogs this morning and came across MONEYNING. It is a personal finance blog which had an interesting story which is quite appropriate at this time of year, especially considering the poor state of the economy. Here it is.

"Once upon a time, there lived a King who, despite his luxurious lifestyle, was neither happy nor content.
One day, the King came upon a servant who was singing happily while he worked. This fascinated the King; why was he, the Supreme Ruler of the Land, unhappy and gloomy, while a lowly servant had so much joy. The King asked the servant, ‘Why are you so happy?’

The man replied, ‘Your Majesty, I am nothing but a servant, but my family and I don’t need too much - just a roof over our heads and warm food to fill our tummies.’

The king was not satisfied with that reply. Later in the day, he sought the advice of his most trusted advisor.

After hearing the King’s woes and the servant’s’ story, the advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, I believe that the servant Has not been made part of The 99 Club.’

‘The 99 Club? And what exactly is that?’ the King inquired.

The advisor replied, ‘Your Majesty, to truly know what The 99 Club is, place 99 Gold coins in a bag and leave it at this servant’s doorstep.’

When the servant saw the bag, he took it into his house. When he opened the bag, he let out a great shout of joy… So many gold coins!

He began to count them. After several counts, he was at last convinced that there were 99 coins. He wondered, ‘What could’ve happened to that last gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!’ He looked everywhere he could, but that final coin was elusive. Finally, exhausted he decided that he was going to have to work harder than ever to earn that gold coin and complete his collection.

From that day, the servant’s life was changed. He was overworked, horribly grumpy, and castigated his family for not helping him make that 100th gold coin. He stopped singing while he worked.

Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King was puzzled. When he sought his advisor’s help, the advisor said, ‘Your Majesty, the servant has now officially joined The 99 Club.’

He continued, ‘The 99 Club is a name given to those people who have enough To be happy but are never contented, because they’re always yearning and Striving for that extra 1 saying to themselves: ‘Let me get that one final thing and then I will be happy for life.’

We can be happy, even with very little in our lives, but the minute we’re given something bigger and better, we want even more! We lose our sleep, our happiness, we hurt the people around us; all these as a price for our growing needs and desires.

That’s the 99 club.

Market Post to follow.....

Good Luck and Good Currency Trading.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is such a great story! i've seen this principle in operation in every single third world country I've lived in. the effects of the 99 Club are magnified there for obvious reasons -- the people who find themselves in a similar situation to your servant behave like characatures in a classic comedy (read: tragedy) in the US, i get a chance to see this principle in action quite a bit. SoCal is famous for its 99ers, of course. they seem more innocuous than the new rich in Cairo, Casablanca, Istanbul, Muscat, Tunis, etc. one only needs to observe the way these people treat their own servants to know the truth of this. but somehow the more innocuous are somehow the uglier.

anyway, i digress.

when i find my little bag of gold, i hope i will remember this story.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

by the way, i've never seen dollar bull post here... (?)

11:46 AM  
Blogger Banker said...


dollar bull is a friend of mine,who I started this project with. He posted only once, and lost interest in it. He currently works at a major international bank trading Asian Currency's and rates.

Also do me a favor and look at my post from Nov 26 and let me know your opinion.


2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you contrast this parable with your comments on Monday, October 06, 2008. The latter was to me was an exuberant endorsement of a greed that, as shared across Wall Street, has hurt the whole country if not world.

7:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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