I listened to two different speeches today. One was motivational. The other one was philosophical. Two different perspectives. Here I am listing two different stories that were told, one from each.


A man worked hard throughout his younger years and became a billionaire. He used to travel frequently to meet new clients and continued building his empire. One day, while he was on a business trip, one of his associates asked him why he continues working hard even after accomplishing so much.

The billionaire replied, “It takes a lot of effort to take this flight off. It requires powerful engines, gallons and gallons of fuel, so many people’s coordination and efforts. But that doesn’t mean that we can switch off the engine and relax once we gain the altitude. We will simply fall and crash. Life is no different. You have to continue working hard even after you reach great heights or else you will fall down and crash”.


A simpleton was sitting on a lake’s shore and fishing. A well-accomplished man came by this way and was appalled that this young man is wasting time fishing instead of working and becoming successful. He decided to advice the guy and approached him.

Young man, why are you sitting here and killing time. You could find a work for yourselves instead”

“How would work help, sir?”, the simpleton asked.

“You could work hard and earn money”


“You could get married, settle down well”


“You could reach great heights in your work and become wealthy by the time you retire”


“You could sit, relax and enjoy fishing by a nice lake shore”

“Isn’t that what I am doing now? Why should I work hard and wait till I retire to do what I am doing right now?”

  Well, I am confused now. Which path to take? What about you? Are you motivated or enlightened?