I’m crazy……. not STUPID!!!

One truck driver was doing his usual delivery to IMH (Institute of mental health).
 
He discovered a flat tyre when he was about to go home. He jacked up the truck and took the flat tyre down.
 
When he was about to fix the spare tyre, he accidentally dropped all the bolts into the drain.. As he can’t fish the bolts out, he started to panic.
 
One patient happened to walk past and asked the driver what happened.
The driver thought to himself, since there’s nothing much he can do; he told the patient the whole incident.
 
The patient laughed at him said “can’t even fix such a simple problem…. no wonder you are destined to be a truck driver…”
 
Here’s what you can do, take one bolt each from the other 3 tyres and fix it onto this tyre. Then drive to the nearest workshop and replace the missing ones, easy as that” The driver was very impressed and asked “You’re so smart but why are you here at the IMH?”
 
Patient replied: “Hello, I stay here because I’m crazy……. not STUPID!!!
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What is the secret of Success?

A young man asked Socrates the secret of Success.
Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning.
They met.
 
Socrates asked the young man to walk with him towards the river.
 
When the water got up to their neck, Socrates took the young man by surprise and ducked him into the water.
The man struggled to get out but Socrates was strong and kept him there until he started turning blue.
 
The young man struggled hard and finally managed to get out and the first thing he did was to gasp and take deep breath. Socrates asked ‘What you wanted the most when you were there?’ The man replied ‘Air’.
 
Socrates said ‘that’s the secret to success. When you want success as badly as you wanted air, you will get it. There is no other secret’.

Lessons of the Square Watermelon [Real Story]

Japanese grocery stores had a problem. They are much smaller than shops in the USA and therefore don’t have room to waste. Watermelons, big and round, wasted a lot of space. Most people would simply tell the grocery stores that watermelons grow round and there is nothing that can be done about it.
 
That is how majority of people would respond. But some Japanese farmers took a different approach. If the supermarkets wanted a square watermelon, they asked themselves, ‘How can we provide one?’ It wasn’t long before they invented the square watermelon.
 
The solution to the problem of round watermelons was not to solve as the farmers did not assume it was impossible  – and simply asked how it could be done.
 
They found out that if you put the watermelon in a square box when they are growing, the watermelon will take on the shape of the box – and grow into a square fruit.
 
This made the grocery stores happy and had the added benefit that it was much easier and cost effective to ship the watermelons. Consumers also loved them because they took less space in their refrigerators which are much smaller than those in the US meaning that the growers could charge a premium price for them.
 
What does this have do with anything in life or at our Job? There are a few Lessons that can you can take away from this story which help you :
 
Don’t Assume: The major problem was that most people had always seen round watermelons so they automatically assumed that square watermelons were impossible before even thinking about the question.. Things that you have been doing a certain way your entire life have taken on the aura of the round watermelon and you likely don’t even take the time to consider if there is another way to do it. Breaking yourself from assuming this way can greatly improve your overall life as you are constantly looking for new and better ways to do things.
 
Question habits: The best way to tackle these assumptions is to question your habits. If you can make an effort to question the way you do things on a consistent basis, you will find that you can continually improve the way that you work. Forming habits when they have been well thought out is usually a positive thing, but most of us have adopted our habits from various people and places without even thinking about them.
 
Be creative: When faced with a problem, be creative in looking for a solution. This often requires thinking outside the box. Most people who viewed this question likely thought they were being asked how they could genetically alter water melons to grow square which would be a much more difficult process to accomplish. By looking at the question from an alternative perspective, however, the solution was quite simple. Being creative and looking at things in different ways in all portions of your live will help you find solutions to many problems where others can’t see them
 
Look for a better way: The square watermelon question was simply seeking a better and more convenient way to do something. The stores had flagged a problem they were having and asked if a solution was possible. It’s impossible to find a better way if you are never asking the question in the first place. Get into the habit of asking yourself, ‘Is there a better way I could be doing this?’ and you will find there often is
 
Impossibilities often aren’t : If you begin with the notion that something is impossible, then it obviously will be for you. If, on the other hand, you decide to see if something is possible or not, you will find out through trial and error.   Take away the lessons from the square watermelons and apply them to all areas in your life (work, finances, relationships, etc) and you will find that by consistently applying them, you will constantly be improving all aspects of your life.