Thursday, August 30, 2012

Great people talk about ideas

How our inner Ego sometimes misjudges a PERSON
A lady in a faded grey dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun suit
walked in timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University
President's outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such
backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even
deserve to be in Harvard.

"We want to see the President "the man said softly..

"He'll be busy all day "the secretary snapped.

"We'll wait" the lady replied.

For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally
become discouraged and go away. They didn't and the secretary grew
frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president.

"Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave" she said to him.
The President, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved
Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed
My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus

The president wasn't touched....He was shocked. "Madam "he said, gruffly, "
we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If
we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly "We don't want to erect a statue. We
thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun
suit, and then exclaimed, "A building ! Do you have any earthly idea how
much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the
physical buildings here at Harvard."

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could
get rid of them now.

The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to
start a university ? Why don't we just start our own?"
Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto,
California where they established the University that bears their name.
Stanford University , a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about

Most of the time we judge people by their outer appearance, which can be
misleading.. And in this impression, we tend to treat people badly by
thinking they can do nothing for us. Thus we tend to lose our potential good
friends, employees or customers.


In our Life, we seldom get people with whom we want to share & grow our
thought process. But because of our inner EGO we miss them forever.
It is you who have to decide with whom you are getting associated in day to
day life.

Small people talk about others,
Average people talk about things,
Great people talk about ideas

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