BARE MINIMUM

Two friends, Jim and Stew, had joined a big sales company together just after graduation. Both of them worked really hard. Three years passed and the company‘s...


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Two friends, Jim and Stew, had joined a big sales company together just after graduation. Both of them worked really hard. Three years passed and the company‘s director promoted one of them, Stew became sales executive, while Jim did not get any promotion and remained at sales department.

Jim decided that it is unfair, so he came to his boss and told him, that he didn‘t value hard working staff. The boss knew that Jim works hard, and in order to show the difference between him and Stew, he said to him: “Go and find me anyone selling watermelons in the market.” When Jim returned, the boss asked: “How much per kg?” Jim did not have the price so he went back to the market and then returned. He gave his boss the answer, “60 shillings per kg.”

Then the boss asked Stew the same thing- “Go and find me anyone selling watermelons in the market.” Stew went to the market, and when he returned he told the boss: “At the moment there is one person selling water melons. His price is 60 KES per kg. If you buy more than 10 melons, you will get a 20% discount on each melon. Currently he has 340 watermelons in stock. 48 watermelons are ripe and ready to eat. Each of them weighs about 5 kg. His watermelons are bought from Machakos town.”

Jim was impressed by the difference between him and Stew, he realized that he needs to learn a lot from his friend. As you can see from this story, successful people are more observant, they think and give more than the bare minimum. If you give the bare minimum effort in your work, you will remain average or poor.”

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