The Millionaire and the Monk: Story on perception and jugaad for corporate trainers

Stories exert a unique power over people. “Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” Native American proverb

To understand why you should use them in your training workshop, you may want to go over “Why stories / narratives can improve your training?”

Larks Insight:
This story can be used for perception, world view, frame of reference, #jugaad etc.

“There was a millionaire who was bothered by severe eye pain. He consulted a galaxy of medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections.

But the ache persisted with greater vigor than before. At last a monk who was supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called for by the millionaire. The monk understood his problem and said that for some time he should concentrate only on green colors and not allow his eyes to fall on any other colors. The millionaire got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of green color and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall on was to be painted in green color just as the monk had directed.

When the monk came to visit him after a few days, the Millionaire’s servants ran to him with buckets of green paint and poured it on him since he was wearing red. They were eager to prevent their master from seeing any other color lest his eye ache came back.

Hearing this the monk laughed and said ‘If only you had purchased a pair of green spectacles, worth just a few rupees, you could have saved these walls and trees and pots and all other articles and also could have saved a large share of his fortune. You cannot paint the world green.’

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The debrief:

  • Is this story relevant to your workplace?
  • If it is, how?
  • If it isn’t, why?
  • What is your key takeaway? Why?
  • What are the things that are currently giving you an eye-ache? Will changing your perception on them help?
  • How will you incorporate this lesson in your life?

Curated by: Lovely Kumar

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