Thursday, February 20, 2014

Observe and succeed

Ramesh and Mahesh joined a wholesale company together just after graduation. Both worked very hard.
After several years, the boss promoted Mahesh to sales executive but Ramesh remained a sales representative. One day Ramesh could not take it anymore and gave his resignation to the boss. He complained to the boss that he did not value hard working staff, but only promoted those who flattered him.
The boss knew that Ramesh worked very hard for the years, but in order to help him realize the difference between him and Mahesh, the boss asked Ramesh to do the below. He asked him to go to the market and find out if anyone is selling water melon in the market. Ramesh returned from the market and said yes. The boss then asked how much per kg? He again went back to the market to ask and returned to inform the boss that the cost per kg is Rs.120.

Boss told Ramesh that he will ask the same question to Mahesh.
Mahesh went to the market and returned back with the below information.
‘Only one person selling water melon. Rs.120 per kg, Rs.1000 for 10 kg, he has inventory of 340 melons. On the table were 58 melons, every melon weighs about 15 kg, bought from the South two days ago, they are fresh and red, good quality.’
Ramesh was now very impressed and realized the difference between himself and Mahesh. He decided not to resign but to learn from him.
Moral: A more successful person is more observant, thinks more and understands in depth. For the same matter, a more successful person sees several years ahead, while others see only tomorrow.

Pursuit of excellence

A Foreigner once visited a temple under construction where he saw a sculptor making an idol of God. Suddenly he noticed a similar idol lying nearby. Surprised, he asked the sculptor, “Do you need two statues of the same idol?” “No,” said the sculptor without looking up, “We need only one, but the first one got damaged at the last stage.” The gentleman examined the idol and found no apparent damage. “Where is the damage?” he asked. “There is a scratch on the nose of the idol.” said the sculptor, still busy with his work. “Where are you going to install the idol?”

The sculptor replied that it would be installed on a pillar twenty feet high. “If the idol is that far, who is going to know that there is a scratch on the nose?” the gentleman asked. The sculptor stopped work, looked up at the gentleman, smiled and said, “I will know it.”

The desire to excel is exclusive of the fact whether someone else appreciates it or not. “Excellence” is a drive from inside, not outside. Excellence is not for someone else to notice but for your own satisfaction and efficiency…