Learning through experience and error

The $50,000 Headache : An Inspiring Story

The $50,000 Headache : An Inspiring Story
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So, what am I gonna share today? What does the title mean? Curious? But before all of that,

To King Sidharth –  Sorry for stealing your story but man if you ever read this I’m sure you’ll forgive me. This is a story that anyone would like to share with others. 🙂

Now, I don’t remember it word by word but it goes like this…

A man is in a desperate need of employment and goes up to a departmental store for a job. He knocks on the boss’ cabin and says, “Hello, I want a job here.” The boss replies, “I am done recruiting now, come back next month.” The man then replies, “I will do anything, I will work more hours, I’ll do anything…” He frustrates the boss so much that he is asked to join from the next day.

So, the next day he comes and spends his day as a salesman. At the end of the day, the boss asks him, “How many sales did you make today?”, expecting an answer bad enough for him being able to scold and fire him. “One sale, sir”, the man replies. Upon hearing this the boss is furious, “One sale? What do you mean by one sale? Get out and don’t come from tomorrow.”

The man gets up, packs his stuff and leaves. When he reaches the door, the boss out of curiosity asks him, “By the way, how much was that sale worth?”

The man quietly replies, “50,000 dollars sir”.

“What??” The boss is surprised, “Good, but there is nothing worth 50,000 dollars in our store, what did you sell him?”

“A man wanted a fishing pole, so I sold him one.” says the employee.

“But a fishing pole doesn’t cost so much.” says the boss.

“Yes, sir. I told him that if he wanted to fish he would find good fishes down the river, so I sold him a canoe”, the employee explains.

“Nice, but that still isn’t equal to 50 Grand.” the boss argues.

“Yes sir, it isn’t. I told him that if he is going down the river, why not camp. So I sold him camping kit, tents etc.” the employee answers.

“Yes”, frustrated now, the boss says, “That still doesn’t some up to 50,000 dollars.”

“Agreed sir, I also sold him some camping and fishing guides to help him out and now, he had so much stuff that he needed to take home, so I sold him a truck.” The man replies calmly.

Excited now, the boss says, “So, you’re telling me that a man wanted to buy a fishing pole and you sold him a pole, a canoe, camping kit, guides and a truck!?”

“Umm…” the man hesitates and replies, “No sir, he said he had a headache so I advised him that he should go fishing to calm himself down.”

The boss is happy and delighted. He congratulates the employee and asks him to join again.

The man could have sold the buyer a bottle of pills but he thought different and instead of earning $10 from him, he earned $50,000. That is what is called an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs take up a problem and find solutions that no one else can think of.

Hope you liked it as much as I did. Cheers. 🙂

Note – I do not own the above image.

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Deepansh Khurana

I write code by day and prose by night. I'd say I love coffee but don't we all? I find stories, people and experiences. I blog about them.


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