The Man Who Sold Hot Dogs

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Two Different Outlooks

There was a man who lived by the side of the road and sold hot dogs.

He was hard of hearing so he had no radio.

He had trouble with his eyes so he didn’t own a tv or read newspapers or go online.

But he sold good hot dogs.

He put up signs on the highway telling how good they were.

He stood on the side of the road and cried; “buy a hot dog, mister?

And people bought.

He increased his meat and bun orders.

He bought a bigger stove to take care of his trade.

He finally got his son home from college to help him out.

But then something happened.

His son said, “Dad, haven’t you been listening to the radio?

Haven’t you been reading the newspapers or looked online?


The world situation is terrible.

The domestic situation is worse.”

Whereupon the father thought, “well, my son’s been to college, he reads the newspaper, watches the news, and he listens to the radio, and he ought to know.”

So the father cut down on his meat and bun orders, took down his advertising signs, and no longer bothered to stand out on the highway to sell his hot dogs.

And his hot dog sales fell almost overnight.

“You’re right, son” the father said to the boy.

“We certainly are in the middle of a great recession.”

A simple story that has an impactful meaning. 

“It is our attitude, more than anything else, at the beginning of each difficult task which, will affect how successful it will be.”                       ~ HIO

Happy investing and make a big IMPACT.

~ Jeremy Isles

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