There was once a King who, despite his power and
riches, was not happy at all.
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
The Servant 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 sought the advice of his most trusted
After hearing the story, the advisor said, “Your
Majesty, the servant has not yet joined “The 99
“What is that?” the curious King inquired.
The advisor replied, “Just place 99 Gold coins in
a bag and leave it at this servant”s doorstep.”
And the King sent his guys to do just that.
So the servant opened his door and saw 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 only 99 coins.
He wondered, “What could”ve happened to that last
gold coin? Surely, no one would leave 99 coins!”
He looked everywhere, but that final coin was
Finally, he decided that he was going to work
harder than ever to earn that 100th gold coin.
From that day, the servant was a changed man.
He was overworked, grumpy, and blamed his family
for not helping him make that 100th gold coin.
And he had stopped singing while he worked.
Witnessing this drastic transformation, the King
was puzzled. 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 content, because they”re always
wanting that extra 1, saying to themselves:
“Let me get that one final thing, and then I will
be happy for life.”
And the King finally knew what he had to do.
(author unknown)