The Story of the Businessman and the Loan Shark





In a small town, a business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking man that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.


He offered the businessman a deal: The loan-shark would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black. The daughter would then reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If black, the debt would be cleared, and the loan-shark would get to marry her. If white, the debt would also be cleared, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark.


Standing on a pebble-strewn path, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles. When he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d grabbed two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag. He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.


Knowing the loan shark was cheating, she drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it, ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. “Oh, how clumsy of me! I suppose if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”


It’s possible to overcome a tough situation with out-of-the-box thinking. Don’t give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.


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