Atanu Dey On India's Development

The Hard Picture

So the story goes that there was an amateur photographer who would every year bring his crop of new pictures to an old man who was a master. Every year the master would go through the pictures and sort them out into “good” and “not good” piles. Funnily, the amateur would keep bringing back an old picture which invariably ended up in the “not good” pile.

Finally exasperated, he challenged the master, “Every year I bring this picture to you. Why do you keep putting it in the not-good pile?”

The master said, “Because the picture is no good.”

The amateur replies, “But it has to be good. I had to climb a very high mountain and endure bitter cold for five days to take that picture!”

  • Yuvaraj

    Don’t mistake activity for achievement – Warren Buffett

  • little Ram

    I learn this lesson very early in my sales job- my boss told me, “Ram, I pay you for your results, not for effort”. It was kind of hard to take at that age I must admit.

  • Anamika

    And thats when the greenies (wet behind their ears) become the experienced lot… the day they learn that lesson… cheers