Story To Reflect Upon 149, 150


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Story To Reflect Upon 149, 150

  1. 1. Story To Reflect Upon 149 Work and Rest Smart A young man and some old folks were chopping down trees in a jungle. The young man was very hard working. He always continued to work through his break. He was disappointed to see the older folks having to break a few times a day to drink and chat. He thought they were wasting their time. Over the days that passed, the young man noticed that the older folks were chopping even more trees than he did even though they had breaks. He decided to work harder but the results were still the same – the older folks were more productive in their work. One day, one of the old folks invited him for a drink during their break. The young man refused thinking it was a waste of time. The old man smiled and told him, “You were wasting your effort chopping trees without re-sharpening your knife. It’s a matter of time before you give up ‘cause you’ll be so tired spending too much energy.” Suddenly the young man realized that during the break times, the older folks while drinking and chatting, were also re-sharpening their knives at the same time! They were smart. They could chop faster than him. The old man smiled and advised the young man, “What we need is efficiency by making use of our skill and ability intelligently. Only then can we have more time to do other things.” Reflection: * How can one perform efficiently without sufficient rest? * By taking a break, it is not to stop work but to rest and re-think our strategy to go about it from another angle, perhaps smarter. * Think smart, work smart and rest smart.
  2. 2. Story To Reflect Upon 150 Refusing to Accept Failure Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to climb Mount Everest. On May 29, 1953 he scaled the highest mountain then known to man - 29, 000 feet straight up. He was knighted for his great achievements. He even made American Express card commercials because of it! However, until we read his book, “High Adventure”, we don't really understand that Hillary had to grow in all aspects in order to attain glory. In 1952 Edmund Hilary attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later a group in England asked him to address its members. Hillary walked up to the stage to a thunderous applause. The audience was recognizing an attempt at greatness, but Edmund Hillary saw himself as a failure. He moved away from the microphone and walked to the edge of the platform. He then made a fist and pointed at a picture of the mountain He said in a loud voice, "Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I'll beat you the next time because you've grown all you are going to grow... but I'm still growing!" Reflections * ‘Failure’ is not really failure. One has to get up from the fall and push on even harder. * Patience, determination, perseverance and persistence are the hallmarks to attaining success.