Knowing where to tap is the key to outstanding success in the game of life. The labour of the foolish causes them to suffer burn out for they do not know how to get into the city so they can make headway in their life endeavours. This story was sent again to me by a friend last week and it remains one of the truths that have shaped my attitude over the years and I thought to also share it with you this week. “Ever heard the story of the giant ship engine that 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 a youngster. 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 man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer – $ 2
Knowing where to tap – $ 9, 998.
This is a great lesson for everyone about the need to be given to continuous self improvement programs in order to develop our skills and become experts in our life endeavours. We must always aim to be the best in our field. Effort is important and somewhat necessary, but knowing where to put the required effort can make all the difference. Show me a man who is skilful in his work, you have seen someone packaged to serve kings. It is only kings who can afford to pay skilful men!