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…

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…

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…

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 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…

What do you hear – focus on

One day two friends Gerry and Peter were walking down a sidewalk in Washington D.C.,during lunch time. People were husslin’ and busslin’ along the sidewalks, car honks and hurried engine noises filled the streets. In the middle of all this traffic, Peter stopped and said, “hey, a cricket!” “What?” said Gerry. “Yeah, a cricket,” Peter answered. “Look here,” and he pulled aside some of the bushes that separated the sidewalk from the government buildings. There in the shade was a cricket chirping away. “Wow,” said Gerry, “How did you hear that with all this noise and traffic?”…

Always give it all you got – the carpenters last project

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his time with their extended family. He had it all planed out. Of course he would miss the paycheck, but they could get by and he felt like he needed to retire. The contractor was sorry to hear that one of his best workers wanted to retire but in the end he understood him. Before the carpenter would retire the contractor…

THINKING FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman

Genres: Decision Making, Psychology, Business, Cognitive Psychology, Behavioral Economics, Behavioral Science Rating: 4/5 Recommend to: Decision makers, leaders, top management, middle management, marketers, key account managers, coaches, PR, HR, people in sales. Number of pages: 499 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: Have you ever asked yourself how you make your decisions? The easy decisions about everyday stuff and then there are of course the life altering decisions for which there is no coming back from. So…