A giant ship’s engine failed. The ship's owners tried
one expert after another, but none of them could
figure out how to fix the engine. The experts would go crazy trying their solutions.
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 to 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 man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer....................... $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap......................... $ 9,998.00
In your own life, do you know where to tap? If you do, that means you’re like the old man doing the right thing – you’re effective (and probably really happy too). Or do you keep tapping at the same place hoping the situation changes? If you do, that probably means you’re going crazy! So which one are you today? The old man or the madmen? Do write to let me know. Email me at email@example.com and we’ll exchange crazy stories (I have so many of my own!).