“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” — Peter Drucker
“Don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.” – Unknown.
The Japanese have always loved fresh fish, but the water close to Japan has not held many fish for decades.
So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The further the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring the fish. If the return trip took more time, the fish were not fresh.
To solve this problem, fish companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer.
However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen fish and they did not like the taste of frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price. So, fishing companies installed fish tanks.
They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, they were tired, dull, and lost their fresh-fish taste. The fishing industry faced an impending crisis!
But today, they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan. How did they manage…?
To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks but with a small shark. The fish are challenged and hence are constantly on the move. The challenge they face keeps them alive and fresh!
Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired and dull….? Basically in our lives, sharks are new challenges to keep us active.
If you are steadily conquering challenges, you are happy. Your challenges keep you energised. Don’t create Success and revel in it in a state of inertia.
You have the resources, skills and abilities to make a difference. Put a shark in your tank in the year 2016 and see how far you can really go. Best wishes for a challenging, highly energized and active year in 2016.
“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” – Steve Jobs
If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late. — Reid Hoffman, Founder, LinkedIn.
“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Pleasure in the job, puts perfection in the work” – Aristotle
I came across an interesting Chinese proverb and thought I’d share:
“Fu bu guo san dai”
- Literally: Wealth does not pass three generations.
- Meaning: It’s rare that the wealth of a family can last for three generations (the 2nd may see the value of hard work, but the 3rd forgets it).
- Explanation: In business, the first generation works extremely hard, so that the second generation reaps the benefits. By the time the third generation arrives, the wealth is squandered.
“Its kind of fun to do the impossible.”
– Walt Disney
I came up with my first original quote in one of my email correspondences today, and I would like to share it with you.
“You do not get great handwriting if you do not start scribbling”
– By Mohsin Sumar