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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Effort is Important, but where to put Effort will count

Where to put effort is important
A giant ship engine got failed. The ship's owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship's owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.

"What?!" the owners exclaimed.

"He hardly did anything!" So they wrote the old man a note saying, "Please send us an itemized bill."

The old man sent a bill that read:
- - - - - - -
Tapping with a hammer....... ........ ........ $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap......... ........ ........ $ 9,998.00

Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference.


  1. My goodness, that is so true. I enjoyed the story and will remember its lesson. Many thanks!

  2. We used to say something similar about painting. Materials £2. Know-how £998.

  3. Great story and quote! Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  4. I love this story and i agree about knowing where to put the effort is important. Thanks for this.

  5. Ah!
    I think he should have charged more... Knowing which tool is the RIGHT TOOL... Is invaluable!
    The story... Priceless.

  6. aahh, this is too funny, and it certainly makes sense in our world today, doesn't it?

    Where did all the flamingos go on your Header? I guess they wanted to fly south. :~)

    Have a wonderful week.


  7. A wonderful and wise take. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Whoah! Really? :)
    I like that quote you included.

  9. This kind of resonates with me right now because a magazine asked me to write something for them. I gave a price and he said everyone else's proposal was half that. I said, "Sorry, but this is my rate." I really am too busy writing for other people at that rate to argue with him but he kept coming back and finally he begrudgingly agreed to pay my rate. He said his "partner" said he was paying double what he should but he liked my writing style and turnaround time. I agreed to do it (begrudgingly) and I'm already regretting it. His whole attitude is that he did me a favor by paying my rate and now I need to prove myself. What's funny is that he contacted me to write for him and he's the one who basically kept coming back when I was fine with going on with my other assignments. Now I'm bracing myself for 7,000 rounds of revisions and a lot of headaches!

  10. LOVE this! Knowledge is priceless, actually.

  11. Good story! Knowledge is the key to success! I see today's stories as modern Aesop's Fables.

  12. This he knew, but a mechanic removing the screw of a washing machine :)))
    Me llevo tu enlace.
    Un abrazo.