Where Should Your Effort Go To?

A giant ship engine 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 in his eighties who had been fixing ships since he was a young man.   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 and 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…… ………    $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap………. ………  $ 9,998.00


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

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Getting Your KPIs Right

Program: Developing and Understanding KPIs

Venue: Royale Bintang, Kuala Lumpur

Date: April 2010

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Opening & Closing Sales Successfully

Program: Open & Close Sales Successfully

Venue: Holiday Villa, Subang Jaya

Date: April 2010

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Re-Visit: October 2008

I never did post pictures or info about this training, so I will do so now. This was in October 2008, when I traveled to UMW Shah Alam to give a 4-hour talk on How to Manage Your Personal Finances. This was the first time I had to give a talk in Bahasa Malaysia, and it was held in a unique venue – the company’s canteen. I found the factory workers very nice individuals and I truly enjoyed the interaction with them!

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