Who has the most beautiful heart?

A young man was proud of his healthy and beautiful heart. One day, standing in the middle of the town, he proclaimed that he had  the most beautiful heart in the whole valley. A large crowd gathered to have a look at his heart.  His heart was smooth, shiny and looked very healthy.  Indeed, the man had the most beautiful heart in the valley, everyone agreed. The proud young man felt delighted and boasted his perfect heart which everyone admired. Suddenly, a voice from the crowd said, “ Your heart…

A story about a donkey, a boy and an old man

An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked beside him. As they went along, they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions. Later they passed some people who remarked, “what a shame! He makes that little boy walk.” They then decided they would both walk. Soon they passed some…

The difference between heaven and hell

A monk was deep in his prayers when an angel appeared to him and offered to reveal to him any of the divine mysteries. The monk said to the Angel, “show me Heaven and Hell.” Suddenly the monk and the Angel were in a large banquet hall. There was a large table filled with every good food you could imagine. There was succulent turkey, fresh from the oven, hot bread and butter, any side dish you could want, and delicious cakes for dessert. All the guests looked pale and sickly.…

Lessons from growing good corn

Once upon a time, there lived a farmer who grew high quality award winning corn. Each year he would enter in the state farmer’s fair and win a gold award for his exceptionally good corns. The farmer’s high quality corn was praised all around in the state. The success story of his exceptional corn reached the ears of a journalist and he wanted to interview the farmer. While he was learning about the agriculture process of the farmer, he discovered that the farmer shared his best quality seeds with his…

THE BEST DAMN SALES BOOK EVER: 16 Rock-solid rules for achieving sales succees by Warren Greshes

Genres: Sales, Selling, Business Rating: 3/5 Recommend to: Entrepreneurs, People in sales, Start-up founders, Marketers. Number of pages: 196 pages Buy now at Book Depository Buy now at Amazon.co.uk Buy now at Amazon.com Buy now at Amazon.de THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK: This book is an easy and quick read that will take you on a journey through the mindset of a successful sales person. You will not read about sales tricks and techniques how to get more clients to say yes to you. The book gives you more than that. It…

A story of a man that became a member of the “99 club”

There once lived a King who, despite a life filled with luxuries, was neither happy nor content. One day, the King came upon a common peasant who was singing happily while he worked. The happiness of a common man fascinated the King. Why was the ruler of the land with all the luxuries, unhappy and gloomy, while a poor peasant had so much joy in his life? The King asked the man, “Why are you so happy?” The man replied, “Your Majesty, I am a common man, but my family…

How many clay balls have you thrown away?

A man was exploring caves by a seashore when he found a bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. The balls looked like someone had intentionally rolled the clay and left them out in the sun to bake. Perhaps some children made them while they were at the beach, the man thought. They didn’t look much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him. As he strolled along the beach, he threw the clay balls one by one out to the…

When situations in life sculpture your destiny

In the middle of a beautiful city, there was a museum laid with beautiful marble tiles and with a huge marble statue as a part of the display.  Many people from all over the world visited the museum every day and admired the beautifully crafted statue. One night, the marble tiles started talking to the marble statue. Marble Tiles: Hey statue, Don’t you think that it is just not fair that everybody from all over the world come all the way here to admire you while ignoring and stepping on…

The Zen masters most important lesson to his student

A young man went to a Zen master. After practicing for a time the student went off on his own with instructions to faithfully send a letter to the master every month, giving an account of his spiritual progress. In the first month, the student wrote, “I now feel an expansion of consciousness and experience of oneness with the universe.” The master glanced at the note and threw it away. Next month this is what the letter said: “I finally discovered the holiness that is present in all things.” The master seemed…

Which tree will grow more

Every year a grandson would visit his grandfather’s farm. One particular visit to the farm, the boy’s grandfather was preparing to plant a few types of trees that he didn’t already have on his farm. They both went to the local nursery to pick what trees they would plant. When they got home, the warm, kind, loving, and wise grandfather asked his grandson, “If I plant one of these trees inside and plant one outside, which do you think will be the greatest?” “I think the one inside will grow…

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody

There are four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.            Source: https://www.excellenceinleadership.co.uk Lessons from this story:…

All talk and no action

Once upon a time, the only thing that stood between complete happiness in a house full of mice was a big and mean old cat. So one night the mice got together and decided to do some brainstorming. They asked “How can we deal with the danger of the cat?” They voted on one brilliant idea that was proposed. They voted to hang a bell around the cat’s neck. Wherever the cat would go, the bell would warn them of danger if the cat got too close. Each of the mice…

The Seeds of leadership

Once upon a time, a successful business man was growing old and knew that the time to choose its successor to take over the business is coming near. But, instead of choosing one of his children or relatives, he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company to meet him together. The day came and he started by saying, “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.”  The young executives were…

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable, but a stick on its own…

A father had two sons that unfortunately weren’t very nice to each other. There was constant quarreling and bickering. No matter what this Father said to his sons, it didn’t do any good. As a result he thought long and hard about what he could say. He wanted to provide them some type of lesson that would help them realize the impact that their constant quarreling would ultimately have. One day the quarreling became more aggressive and even violent. The father broke it up and sent each son to a…

The Socrates filter

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance came to meet the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?” Socrates immediately stopped him saying “Hold on a minute”. “Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. That’s why I call it the Socrates Triple Filter Test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you…

Stress and worries are like a glass of water

A speaker was once explaining stress to an audience of around 300 people. He raised a big glass of water and asked the listening audience, “Does anyone know how heavy this glass is?” Answers varied from 100 to 500 grams. The speaker replied, “The absolute weight of this water really doesn’t matter all that much. What really matters is how long you try to hold it!” He continued, “If I am only holding it for a few minutes, the weight won’t be a problem. If I have to hold it for…

A story about a thousand mirrors

There was a place in a remote village far, far away called “The Palace of 1,000 Mirrors.” A happy and energetic little puppy who lived in this village had heard of the palace and decided to pay a visit. When he arrived, he playfully bounced up the steep stairs to the open door of the house. He looked through the door with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging very fast.  He was surprised because through the door he found 1,000 other happy dogs just like him wagging their…

Do not waddle through life – the duck story

This is a story about a little town of Ducks. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. The duck choir waddles in and takes it place, then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible (Ducks, like all other creatures on earth, seem to have their own special version of the Scriptures.) And then the duck minister starts to read to them: “Ducks! God has given you wings!…

Life is but an echo

A son and his father were walking in the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” To his surprise, he hears the voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain: “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!!!” Curious, he yells: “Who are you?” He receives the answer: “Who are you?” Now angered at the response, he screams: “Coward!” He receives the answer: “Coward!” So the boy looks to his father and asks: “What’s going on?” The father smiles and says: “My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to the mountain: “I admire you!” The…

What does overcoming fear look like

Timmy and Jimmy both 9 years old loved playing the piano since they were very young. They both practiced hard and were getting better and better with each week passing. One day, their teacher had some exciting news. There was a concert coming up and they both had the opportunity to play in public for the first time. Timmy and Jimmy looked wide-eyed at each other with a mix of excitement and trepidation as they realized the opportunity they were presented with. “What would it be like?” they wondered. In the…

Be careful how you communicate

One night a married couple got into a fight. It was normal for the couple to boil in a war of silence for several days. And this night was no different, the couple had not spoken to each other for most of the night. Even as they were preparing for bed not a word was said. However the husband started getting concerned because he needed to be woken up at 5:00 AM the next morning so that he could catch an important flight. He was a heavy sleeper and relied on his…

Team building story: Balloon lessons

A team of 35 employees had come together for a team building event. They were a young, bright and enthusiastic team. However they had one big problem, they wouldn’t share information or solutions with each other. The leader felt they were too focused on self and not enough on team. So she started off with a fun team activity that would allow her to teach the importance of each team member working together and sharing more. She brought the team into the cafeteria. All of the tables and chairs had been stacked…

5 lessons we can learn from a pencil

A long time ago a Pencil Maker was preparing to put an important pencil in a box. Before doing so though, he took the pencil aside. “There are 5 things you need to know before I send you out into the world” he told the pencil. “Never forget them, and you will become the best pencil you can be.” “One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.” “Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time…

How to train a donkey

There was once a very frugal man who was always looking for ways to cut costs. One day he noticed that his hired hand was feeding the donkey more than he really needed. He called the hand and told him, “We’re wasting money feeding this animal more food than it needs. If we keep this up, the donkey will grow fat, it’s productivity will go down, and we’ll lose even more money! I’m going to take over the feeding of the donkey for a while and train it properly. I…

The importance of finding meaning in your work

Out for a walk one morning, a woman came across a construction site where three men were working. Curious, she approached one of them and asked what he was doing. Clearly annoyed that she had bothered him, he barked, »Can’t you see? I’m laying bricks!« Not easily put off, she asked the next man what he was doing. He responded matter-of-fact, »I’m building a brick wall 30 feet tall, 100 feet wide, and 18 inches thick.« Then, turning his attention to the first man, he said, »Hey, you just passed…

The special exception… or is it

A very rich man was nearing the end of his life and he began to contemplate the life to come. He was very troubled that he would soon lose everything he had worked so hard for. All his wealth would soon belong to others and he would enter into the next world poor. It didn’t seem fair to him so he prayed day and night that he would be allowed to take all that he had amassed with him when the day comes his journey on this world ends. One…

The two wolves inside each of us

The Cherokee tell of a young boy who is brought before the council of elders for his aggressive behavior. One of the wisest of the elders takes the boy aside and shares with him this bit of wisdom: “I am not surprised that you are so aggressive. You see, each of us has, in his own soul, two wolves. One of these wolves is good, the other evil. They are both of equal strength and are locked in a violent battle to the death!” The young boy thinks about this…

How big of a splash you want to make is in your hands

One day a young apprentice and his mentor were on one of their regular walks going through the young apprentices teachings when they came across a pond. At the time, they were discussing the young apprentices wish to make a bigger impact with his work, when suddenly the mentor bent down and picked up a small pebble. He threw it into the water and they both watched the ripples spread. Watching the pebble hit the lake and the ripples spread the young apprentice said to his mentor, “I want to…

LEADERSHIP RULES: 50 timeless lessons for leaders by Jo Owen

Genres: Leadership, Management, Business Rating: 3/5 Recommend to: Start-up founders, Managers, Team leaders, CEO, Entrepreneurs, People in sales. Number of pages: 270 pages Buy now at Book Depository Buy now at Amazon.co.uk Buy now at Amazon.com Buy now at Amazon.de THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK: If we take a look at the past and present leaders we can see that most of them had good and bad experiences on their journey and most of them got better because of those experiences. I believe leadership is learned with facing different situations, solving them…