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Metaphors for NLP & Teaching

99. The Car Dealer

In the late 70s, when American cars were not in such a great demand, this guy owned a Chrysler dealership in a small town in the Midwest. This guy was not doing so well. He saw his competitors, selling Hondas, Toyotas and other Japanese cars, with customers lining up to buy their small gas efficient vehicles, while he whiled away his time pining for even one person to enter his dealership to examine his gas guzzlers. Anyway, one day he went fishing and caught this little goldfish who, to his surprise, said, ""Please sir, I am a special fish with magical powers. Let me go and I'll give you one wish."" The guy thought to himself, ""What have I to lose?"" and let the fish go free. The fish thanked him and told him to write his wish on a piece of paper and put it under his pillow and sleep on it. In the morning his wish would be fulfilled. So that night the guy wrote, ""I wish to own an foreign car dealership in a large cosmopolitan city."" He put the paper under his pillow and the last thing he thought of before going to sleep is, ""Here goes nothing."" Next morning he woke up in Tokyo owning a Chrysler dealership.
Main Uses: : Well-Formed Outcomes
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Submitted By: Brian Cullen
Source: I heard a version of this on a tape by Richard Bandler. This version came from:

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  1. Sarah

    Hello Dr. Cullen,

    What a great list of metaphors! Thank you for creating this great resource for people to use freely. I was wondering if there would be any way to have each metaphor page set up with a link that says "printable version", or something similar, allowing for easy printing of a particular metaphor?

    Thanks again for setting this up. It is a really useful resource not only for me, but for my students as well.

    All the best to you,

    SJ Marubay

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