There was a great king with a vast kingdom.
One day he summoned 12 subjects into his throne room.
These 12 were awed by the treasures surrounding his throne.
Seeing their wonder, the benevolent king declared, "any one thing you desire, you may have."
Quickly the 4 most bold and "successful" subjects clamed the most valued jewels and treasures in the throne room.
Seeing the king did not show displeasure, 7 of the remaining subjects came forward to claim their prizes.
Of the remaining subject the king asked, "did you see nothing that you desired"?
"Yes" replied the subject "there is one treasure displayed in this room worthy to posses".
"What then is your desire" the king asked.
"That i may be the friend of such a benevolent and wise king, for that is treasure beyond the whole remaining contents of the throne room."
"Indeed" said the king "a friend that may be trusted is worth more than a thousand throne rooms of treasure. Remain with me while i dismiss your fellows and we will discuss matters both small and great".