Saturday, July 5, 2008


Well, here is what she did....

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."

Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely advantageous one.


Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't attempt to think.


Just like the smart young girl, we must be clear on the goal of our mission, i.e. we must strike a DEAL first. With that in mind, then we can all put in our best efforts to get the DEAL without making any silly move that may jeopardize it. In this story, if the young girl chose to disclose the cheating of the moneylender, the DEAL will be called off and her poor father will be sent into the jail.

Our vision is getting the best out of it once the DEAL is on. The young girl put on her thinking cap not to expose the moneylender as a “cheat’ by putting 2 black river pebbles into the moneybag, but by just playing a small trick, she got what she wanted for not becoming the young wife of the moneylender and her father was pardoned of his debt and need not go to jail.

Think literally. Play it smartly. Focus on getting the DEAL then only focus on our vision. We can achieve what we wanted.

1 comment:

Allan Lee said...

Aiyah, sap sap soi. Just pretend drop to the floor and mix the pepbble with the rest. Then, stand up and say that the drop pebble is white colour and if they don't believe they can check the remaining one in the bag.