This story is about a man who once upon a time was selling Hotdogs by the roadside.
He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers. He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, so he never watched television. But enthusiastically, he sold lots of hotdogs.
He was smart enough to offer some attractive schemes to increase his sales. His sales and profit went up. He ordered more and more raw material and buns, and used an attractive signboard to sell more. He recruited a few more supporting staff to serve more customers. He started offering home deliveries. Eventually he got himself a bigger and better stove.
As his business was growing, the son, who had recently graduated from College, joined his father. Then something strange happened. The son asked, “Dad, aren’t you aware of the great recession that is coming our way?” The father replied, “No, but tell me about it.” The son said, “The international situation is terrible. The domestic situation is even worse. We should be prepared for the coming bad times”
The man thought that since his son had been to college, read the papers, listened to the radio and watched TV, his son ought to know and his advice should not be taken lightly.
So the next day onwards, the father cut down his raw material order and buns, took down the colourful signboard, removed all the special schemes he was offering to the customers, and was no longer as enthusiastic. He reduced his staff strength by giving layoffs. Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his hotdog stand. And his sales started coming down rapidly, same is the profit.
The father said to his son, “Son, you were right. We are in the middle of a recession and crisis. I am glad you warned me ahead of time.”
What can we take away from this story?
1. How many times do we confuse intelligence with good judgment?
2. Choose your advisers carefully but use your own judgment.
3. A person or an organization will survive forever, if they have the 5 Cs:
The tragedy today is that there are many walking encyclopedias that are living failures.
The more practical and appropriate views on this economic recession is:
“This is the time to reunite together, for any small or big organization; This is the time to motivate and retain people which are the biggest asset; This is the time to show more commitment to the customers; This is the time to show values of our company to the world;
And this is the time to stand by our Nation”.