One young academically excellent person went to

apply for a managerial position in a big company.

He passed the first interview, the director did the

last interview, made the last decision.

The director discovered from the C V that the

youth’s academic achievements were excellent all

the way, from the secondary school until the

postgraduate research, never had a year when he

did not score.

The director asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships

in school?” the youth answered “none “.

The director asked, ” Was it your father who paid for

your school fees?” The youth answered, “My father

passed away when I was one year old, it was my

mother who paid for my school fees.

The director asked, ” Where did your mother work?”

The youth answered, “My mother worked as clothes

cleaner. The director requested the youth to show

his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that

were smooth and perfect.

The director asked, ” Have you ever helped your

mother wash the clothes before?” The youth

answered, “Never, my mother always wanted me to

study and read more books. Furthermore, my

mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go

back today, go and clean your mother’ s hands, and

then see me tomorrow morning.*

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was

high. When he went back, he happily requested his

mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt

strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed

her hands to the kid.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His

tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he

noticed that his mother’ s hands were so wrinkled,

and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some

bruises were so painful that his mother shivered

when they were cleaned with water.

This was the first time the youth realized that it was

this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday

to enable him to pay the school fee. The bruises in

the mother’s hands were the price that the mother

had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence

and his future.

After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the

youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for

his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long


Next morning, the youth went to the director’s


The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes,

asked: ” Can you tell me what have you done and

learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered, ” I cleaned my mother’ s hand,

and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

The Director asked, ” please tell me your feelings.”

The youth said, Number 1, I know now what is

appreciation. Without my mother, there would not

the successful me today. Number 2, by working

together and helping my mother, only I now realize

how difficult and tough it is to get something done.

Number 3, I have come to appreciate the

importance and value of family relationship.

The director said, ” This is what I am looking for to

be my manager.

I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the

help of others, a person who knows the sufferings

of others to get things done, and a person who

would not put money as his only goal in life. You are


Later on, this young person worked very hard, and

received the respect of his subordinates. Every

employee worked diligently and as a team. The

company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually

given whatever he wanted, would develop

“entitlement mentality” and would always put

himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s

efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every

person must listen to him, and when he becomes a

manager, he would never know the sufferings of his

employees and would always blame others. For this

kind of people, who may be good academically, may

be successful for a while, but eventually would not

feel sense of achievement. He will grumble and be

full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind

of protective parents, are we really showing love or

are we destroying the kid instead?*

You can let your kid live in a big house, eat a good

meal, learn piano, watch a big screen T V . But when

you are cutting grass, please let them experience it.

After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls

together with their brothers and sisters. It is not

because you do not have money to hire a maid, but

it is because you want to love them in a right way.

You want them to understand, no matter how rich

their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray,

same as the mother of that young person. The most

important thing is your kid learns how to appreciate

the effort and experience the difficulty and learns

the ability to work with others to get t


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