A King wished to select a good Chief Minister for his Kingdom. In his court were four men with equal qualification to hold the post of the Chief Minister. He therefore decided to conduct a test to select one from amongst them for the post.
One day, he called all four of them and said, ‘I have a lock. It is a scientific lock, made according to mathematical calculations. Tomorrow morning all of you would be given a chance to open this lock. The person who succeeds in opening this lock within the shortest time would become the Chief Minister of this Kingdom.
With a desire to become the Chief Minister, the men sat up the whole night, browsing ancient writings regarding locks, mathematical designing etc., and made notes. Only one among them looked at a few palm leaves and then went to bed.
The next day, in the king’s court, the mathematical lock was brought and placed in front of the four men. The king was also present. The gigantic size of the lock astonished everyone. The four men checked their writings again and again. The men came up, one by one, and looked at the lock. They started referring to their notes about the locks and tried to open the lock. The one who had gone to sleep early was the last one to come. He just came near the lock and inspected it thoroughly. To his surprise, he found the lock was not locked at all! So, without even using a key, this man opened the lock easily by removing the hook. The king appointed him as the Chief Minister. The three others in their anxiety to open the lock did not bother to check whether the lock was locked, in the first place. The fact was, the lock was not locked.
One fine day, a bus driver went to the bus garage, started his bus, and drove off along the route.
No problems for the first few stops-a few people got on, a few got off, and things went generally well.
At the next stop, however, a big hulk of a guy got on. Six feet height, built like a wrestler, arms hanging down to the ground.
He glared at the driver and said, “Big John doesn’t need to pay!” and sat down at the back.
Did I mention that the driver was five feet three, thin, and basically meek? Well, he was.!
Naturally, he didn’t argue with Big John, but he wasn’t happy about it.
The next day the same thing happened-Big John got on again, made a show of refusing to pay, and sat down.
And the next day, and the one after that and so forth.!
This grated on the bus driver, who started losing sleep over the way Big John was taking advantage of him.
Finally he could stand it no longer.
He signed up for body building courses, karate, judo, and all that good stuff.
By the end of the summer, he had become quite strong; what’s more, he felt really good about himself.
So on the next Monday, when Big John once Again got on the bus and said, “Big John doesn’t pay!,” The driver stood up, glared back at the passenger, and screamed, “And why not?”
With a surprised look on his face, Big John replied, *”Big John has a bus pass.”*
Be sure of what is a problem in the first place before working hard to solve one.
To solve a problem, one must first understand the problem.
To understand the problem, the mind should be calm, without tension or agitation.
This will facilitate seeing things objectively.