The Story of The Ship Consultant

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A giant ship engine failed
The ship owners tried one expert after another
But none of them could figure out how to fix the engine

Then they called in an external consultant
who had been fixing ships since he was young

He carried a large bag of tools with him
On arrival, he inspected the engine thoroughly..
very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship owners were there,
watching this man,
hoping he would know what to do

After a thorough inspection,
the consultant reached for his tool kit
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 and the ship owners were happy

A week later, the ship owners received a bill
from the consultant.
It read US$10,000.

The ship owners were surprised at the consultant’s fee
of 10,000 dollars.

One of them was heard exclaiming
What?! He hardly did anything!

So, they sent the consultant a note saying
‘please send an itemized bill’

The consultant sent the bill that read…
“Tapping with hammer ……$2.00
 Knowing where to tap …. $9,998.00″


1. Work Smart and Sharp
2. Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort
makes all the difference!

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