Once upon a time, there was a poor man. Due to his poor economic condition, he thought to end his life by committing suicide.
When he was on the way to finish his life he noticed a bookseller selling a book called “1001 ways to become rich overnight”. He thinks “i am going to end my life but there is no harm to read this book before that. If it works then i will change my idea”. So he buys the book.
The book wasn’t very interesting, but between its pages there was something very interesting indeed. It was a thin strip of vellum on which was written the secret of the Touchstone.
The touchstone was a small rock that could turn any common metal into pure gold. The writing explained that it was lying among thousands and thousands of other stones that looked exactly like it.
But the secret was this: The real stone would feel warm, while ordinary stones are cold. So the man camped on the seashore, and began testing stones.
He knew that if he picked up ordinary stones and threw them down again because they were cold, he might pick up the same stones hundreds of times. So, when he felt one that was cold, he threw it into the sea. He spent a whole day doing this but none of them was the touchstone.
Yet he went on and on this way. Pick up a pebble. Cold – throw it into the sea. Pick up another. Throw it into the sea.
The days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months. One day, however, about mid-afternoon, he picked up a pebble and it was warm. He threw it into the sea before he realized what he had done.
He had formed such a strong habit of throwing each pebble into the sea that when the one he wanted came along he still threw it away.
Inspirational moral of the story
Unless we are watchful, it’s easy to fail to distinguish an opportunity when it is in hand and it’s just as easy to throw it away.
The problem is we never know when the door of opportunity is going to open wide.
For some, the big break comes early in life and for others later on. But for all of those who become successful, there is one key similarity:
They were ready. Getting opportunity is one thing but to feel it and use it to the fullest is a different ball game.
When one looks around in our society, one can come across many live examples of ordinary people who were prudent to spot the opportunities at various times and make use of it.