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Leverage

18 Nov 2015   Shanti Gowans

An old Indian story tells about a king whose people had grown soft.  Dissatisfied with this state of affairs, the king hoped to teach them a lesson. He devised a simple plan: A large boulder was placed in the middle of the main road, completely blocking entry into the city. He would then hide nearby and observe their reactions. How would they respond? Would they find a way to move it, or would they get discouraged, quit and return home?

With growing disappointment, the king watched as subject after subject came to the boulder and turned away. Or, at best, tried halfheartedly to move the boulder before giving up. Many openly complained and cursed the king, or fortune, or bemoaned the inconvenience, but none managed to do anything about it.

After several days, a lone peasant came along on his way into the city. He did not turn away. Instead he strained and strained, trying to push the boulder out of the way, but without any success. Then he came up with an idea. Scrambling into the nearby forest to find something he could use for leverage, he finally returned with a large branch and used it as a lever to dislodge and roll the boulder out of the way.

Beneath the boulder their was a purse of gold coins and a note from the king, which said: "Congratulations, you have discovered the power of leverage. With leverage you can achieve anything you desire in your life. This is better than finding a purse of gold.


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