2 Motivational Stories

Here’s something a little different – two motivational stories to inspire and get you thinking…

Story #1 – Don’t Change the World – Author Unknown

Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip to some distant areas of his country. When he was back to his palace, he complained that his feet were very painful, because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather. Definitely, this would need thousands of cows’ skin, and would cost a huge amount of money.

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Then one of his wise servant dared himself to tell the king, “Why do you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?”

The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a “shoe” for himself.

There is actually a valuable lesson of life in this story : to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself – your heart; and not the world.
 

Story #2 – Blurred Vision – Author Unknown

A businessman was highly critical of his competitors’ storefront windows. “Why, they are the dirtiest windows in town,” he claimed. Fellow business people grew tired of the man’s continual criticism and nitpicking comments about the windows. One day over coffee, the businessman carried the subject just too far.

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Before leaving, a fellow store owner suggested the man get his own windows washed. He followed the advice, and the next day at coffee, he exclaimed, “I can’t believe it. As soon as I washed my windows, my competitor must have cleaned his too. You should see them shine.”

Confucius once declared, “Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”

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Marilyn July 3, 2014 at 7:05 am

Sharon….I love these short stories. The wisdom found in them is timeless. Thanks so much.

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sharonmichaels July 3, 2014 at 7:56 am

Marilyn
Thank you for your comment – I agree, we can find “wisdom” and encouragement in many different ways.
I too enjoyed these stories!

~Sharon

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Bobbie Bushey July 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Loved both stories. Both are full of wisdom we can all use to better ourselves and our businesses. I have had to make many changes in myself, my attitude and my habits to get to a comfortable point in my business.

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sharonmichaels July 4, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Bobbie
I agree Bobbie – with change comes wisdom!

~Sharon

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