The Cockroach Theory for Self Development

by Stephen on March 9, 2017 · 34 comments

in Awakening, Inspirational Stories, Inspiring Stories

At a restaurant, a cockroach suddenly flew from somewhere and sat on a lady.

She started screaming out of fear.

With a panic stricken face and trembling voice, she started jumping, with both her hands desperately trying to get rid of the cockroach.

Her reaction was contagious, as everyone in her group also got panicky.

The lady finally managed to push the cockroach away but… it landed on another lady in the group.

Now, it was the turn of the other lady in the group to continue the drama.

The waiter rushed forward to their rescue. In the relay of throwing, the cockroach next fell upon the waiter.

The waiter stood firm, composed himself and observed the behavior of the cockroach on his shirt. When he was confident enough, he grabbed it with his fingers and threw it out of the restaurant.

Sipping my coffee and watching the amusement, the antenna of my mind picked up a few thoughts and started wondering, was the cockroach responsible for their histrionic behavior?

If so, then why was the waiter not disturbed? He handled it near to perfection, without any chaos.

It is not the cockroach, but the inability of those people to handle the disturbance caused by the cockroach, that disturbed the ladies.

I realized that, it is not the shouting of my father or my boss or my wife that disturbs me, but it’s my inability to handle the disturbances caused by their shouting that disturbs me.

It’s not the traffic jams on the road that disturbs me, but my inability to handle the disturbance caused by the traffic jam that disturbs me.

More than the problem, it’s my reaction to the problem that creates chaos in my life.

Speech by Sundar Pichai – an IIT-MIT Alumnus and Global Head Google Chrome
Submitted by MC

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sanjay March 10, 2017 at 12:01 am

Nicely said and true fact of life. Our reaction to the problem is the outcome of what we will get.

2 Perpetua March 10, 2017 at 12:01 am

I think the waiter is very familiar with the cockroach for it happened so many times in the restaurant. 🙂

3 Karma Deki March 10, 2017 at 12:12 am

I truly believe whats said in the story. I’m inspired.

4 Anindita Banerjee March 10, 2017 at 1:36 am

Very beautiful story with strong message

5 Shibaprasad March 10, 2017 at 2:59 am

Heartwarming story

6 Rama Sampath March 10, 2017 at 4:29 am

Amazing explanation. The waiter could succeed in getting rid of the cockroach (problems) because in his cool and composed state, he was able to understand the behaviour of the cockroach and think of a way to get rid of it. Also the fact remains, the other women acted on impulse and hence the drama…

7 KaNg'omo March 10, 2017 at 6:02 am

For sure this is real, thanks for this short inspirational story

8 Vo son March 10, 2017 at 6:56 am

I see a skip from 2015 to 2017.


9 Emily March 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

After having stumbled across this site on my holiday of 2015, I continuously read your motivational stories from beginning to end. Now, that you have posted in a while, I am so glad! Welcome back and I’m looking forward to reading more stories in the future! =)

10 Michael March 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm

Thank You

11 Keletso March 11, 2017 at 1:25 am

This is a great story. I ? it

12 Uma Maheswar March 11, 2017 at 4:36 am

very inspiring, thanks

13 Esther March 12, 2017 at 10:42 am

Our inability to handle problems/challenges cause chaos in our lives.
A truly educative story.

14 Gbenga Samuel March 14, 2017 at 2:52 pm

“It is not the load that breaks us, It is the way we carry it.” Good work! Thumb up for you!

15 Aayesha March 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

This story teach us how we should treat others whether Its animals or human beings

16 Milton March 15, 2017 at 10:51 pm

I liked the complete story but one thing is that surely ladies will get more scared of insects than men. But story is awesome no doubt.

17 Often Thyolani March 16, 2017 at 12:02 am

This is awesome motivational story. I have liked it.very inspiring.

18 Biswanath Das March 16, 2017 at 8:01 am

It is kind of learning story to tackle the adverse situation in cool mind.

19 Ahinora Chernaeva April 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

I am happy to see a new short story. Welcome back and thank you!

20 Randy April 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

The story is trully motivational. I appreciate it. Thanks

21 Perlo April 29, 2017 at 3:09 pm

To shout is a choice, as well as calmness.

22 AVa May 2, 2017 at 11:32 am

Awesome story. Thank u

23 Zodwa May 4, 2017 at 4:59 pm

For every problem we r having we always shift the blame.We look for who to blame.Way of solving or handling a problem counts.Thanx for this motivational story.

24 ABHISHEK BHARDWAJ June 25, 2017 at 10:25 am

Good story

25 Dr. Rajan Perunna July 7, 2017 at 4:47 am

Really really inspiring story. We only are responsible for our destiny. Thanks.

26 Dan Barch July 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

A shark was coming from somewhere heading for a nearby woman. Seeing the shark, she panicked and swam toward shore, passing another woman, her friend, who was now closest to the shark. She too panicked and swam toward shore. Almost immediately she passed a wader who was now closest to the shark. The wader held firm, stayed composed, studied the shark and, when he was confident enough, got eaten.

I mean, the ladies were less cool versus the cockroach, but they each got rid of it just as effectively, if not more so, than the waiter.

27 Umesh September 23, 2017 at 3:59 am

What a inspiration story ! I like it very much.

28 Akshita September 30, 2017 at 8:39 am

It’s obvious that we all have different ability to handle situations..& that is only why we all r different from each other….it’s all created by god

29 abinya akwu November 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

This is simply impressive

30 Arch. Ayaka Torna Reuben December 25, 2017 at 4:20 am

The waiter was calm because he has seen it happen to the the others.
Let’s us be calm and learn from the trouble of others.

31 Romario January 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

Mind opening!!!

32 Jia February 27, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Loved this inspirational story

33 JAYA February 28, 2018 at 3:30 am


34 Amy June 15, 2018 at 5:25 am

The waiter was able to handle the issue effectively without causing any further eruptions. Whereas the ladies each flipped out when faced with the same issue, effectively passing it on and on to another person. The waiter was the last person faced with the issue because he ended the chaotic domino effect, calmly handling the issue, effectively ending it’s ability to effect anyone else.

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