The hefty bill – Learn how to make a difference

Luxury cruise ship sailing from port

A giant ship’s engine once 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, from top to bottom.

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

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man of 1000 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 back a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer – 2 dollars

Knowing where to tap – 998 dollars



Efforts are important, but knowing where to make an effort, makes all the difference. “Life doesn’t change in ONE MINUTE, but taking decisions after thinking for ONE MINUTE can change your life.”




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