Weill and Mahoney had started with only five
hundred dollars between them, but they had
built up a computer business with sales in the
Their company employed over two hundred people,
and the two executives lived like princes.
Almost overnight, things changed. Sales
dropped sharply, former customers disappeared,
and the business failed. Weill and Mahoney
blamed each other for the troubles, and they
parted on unfriendly terms.
Five years later, Weill drove up to a decrepit diner
and stopped for a cup of coffee. As he was wiping
some crumbs from the table, a waiter approached.
Weill looked up and gasped.
"Mahoney!" he said, shaking his head. "It's a terrible
thing, seeing you working as a waiter in a place like this."
"Yeah," Mahoney said, curling his lip. "But I don't