The Smart, the Brave, and the Hardworking
We all have good and bad qualities, after all, we are only humans. However, until we learn to control our negative side, our positive characteristics do not mean a thing. This motivating story will remind you that there is always something new to learn, and until we are willing to improve ourselves, we can always find a way to be better people.
Lesson to Learn from Confucius: What it takes to succeed!
Confucius had three students – Gung, Lou, and Zhang. One day a wandering monk asked him:
“What can you tell me about your student Gung?”
“He is so clever that even the most distinguished scholars admire him.
“And what are the merits of Lou?”
“His braveness exceeds the braveness of even the most famous warriors.”
“And what about your third student?”
“Zhang’s diligence is admirable.”
The monk was surprised to hear these words and asked Confucius:
“But if the first is so smart, the other is so brave, and the third is so hard-working, what else can they learn from you, Master?”
“Gung is smart but lazy,” Confucius began. “Lou is brave but foolish. And Zhang is hardworking but envious. Gung does not know yet that the mind cannot bring happiness to a person if he is lazy. Lou has yet to learn that braveness without reason leads to destruction. And Zhang must understand that joy cannot coexist with envy. So, as you can see, my students don’t know anything yet. And until they understand these truths, I will be their teacher, and they will be my students.”