One night four college kids stayed out late, partying and having a good time. They paid no mind about the final exam they had the next day for which they didn’t study. In the morning though panic took over and they hatched a plan to get out of taking the exam. They covered themselves with grease and dirt and went to the Dean’s office. Once there, they said they had been to a wedding the previous night and on the way back they got a flat tire and had to push the car back to campus so they couldn’t make it on time for the exam and they hoped they would get another chance at taking it some other day.
The Dean listened to their story without saying a word. When the students finished telling their story he offered them a chance to take the test three days later.
They thanked him and accepted his offer. And for the next three days the four students studied without unnecessary breaks. They studied as hard as never before, only taking breaks to eat and sleep. Finally after three days the four students were confident they knew everything and that nothing could surprise them. They walked in to the Deans office confident and determined they will ace the exam.
The Dean welcomed them and told them they will have to take the exam in separate rooms and that they would have to leave all of their things in a special locker in his office since there are no professors to watch over them. They were fine with that since they had all studied hard. Finally each one of them sat in his own classroom with a pen and exam waiting for them on the table. Everything was fine until they saw the exam which had only two questions:
Question ONE: Your Name __________ (1 Points)
Question TWO: Which tire burst? (99 Points)
- Front Left
- Front Right
- Back Left
- Back Right
Lessons from this story:
- Do not postpone things you can do today. Your responsibilities will only pile up and in the end you will have to do them anyway but this time you will be under pressure.
- Lies have “short legs”. In the end you will get caught 99% of the time.
- Take responsibility for your actions. But before that make sure you are willing to accept the consequences of your actions.
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