The value of knowledge

by Stephen on January 18, 2013 · 30 comments

in Inspirational Stories

A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a young.

He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do.

After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something.

Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.

construction-guy“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!”

So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.”

The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer…… …… ……… $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap……… …… ……… $ 9,998.00

Effort is important, but knowing where to make an effort makes all the difference! Keep studying hard. Don’t give up!

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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mmalolo January 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

Gud one there, I like the oldman itemizing.

2 Mansoorsiddiqui January 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Really inspiring lesson.

3 Aye Chan Aung January 19, 2013 at 12:16 am

Really a good story which can prove that knowledge is power:) Thank you so much indeed for the story with valuable lesson:)

4 Aung Pan Thu January 19, 2013 at 12:22 am

I love the story very much. I have come to realize how valuable knowledge is.:) Thanks for the story.

5 Aruna January 19, 2013 at 1:19 am

Effort is always important.

6 vibha January 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

success = effort + knowledge

7 Ajay Kumar January 22, 2013 at 2:33 am

Very nice story, experience is a must.

8 Esther January 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

I have learned a great lesson. Thank you.

9 Bridetlin January 26, 2013 at 5:36 am

Yeah really true! Effort is useless unless you know how/what to do.. wisdom is the most needed to humankind for without this we can’t fix problem that is very easy…

10 Velicheti Sree Vidya January 27, 2013 at 12:09 am

Definitely, working hard without knowledge is a useless effort.
Acting wise and smart makes one recognizable by all for their knowledge.

11 Rita Borg January 29, 2013 at 1:53 pm

The old man is very wise and a great teacher it is a lesson we all should follow to keep on learning.

12 Ami January 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Very nice story.

13 Aash January 31, 2013 at 12:27 pm


14 Noeme D. Catayas February 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

It’s amusing as well as inspiring! Learning is really an on-going process from womb to tomb.

15 Queen Arfa February 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

Hard work

16 shruti February 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The old man knew his worth. It is necessary to know who u are, what u can do and what is ur goal.

17 Ria February 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm

The story is very simple but it gives a lot of meaning to me…

18 Subhanshu February 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Great! But nobody pays us for knowledge we posses but only for hours we spent 😉

19 Pied Mon February 22, 2013 at 7:49 am

I like that old man 🙂

20 SANDEEP February 28, 2013 at 9:58 am

Wow very good story, To Get Success You Need 2% Of Action If you Have 98% of Knowledge. Otherwise you are a labour.

21 Nwadibia Nwafor Abraham Friday Igwe May 13, 2013 at 4:36 pm

The old man is acticulative and gentle, he is not faster than his shadow.

22 Harisskd May 14, 2013 at 12:46 am

I have come to realize how valuable knowledge is.:) Thanks for the story.

23 S.Krishna Kumar May 16, 2013 at 5:05 am

Simple but profound. Knowing is information. Putting it to use, we get experience. That experience gives us knowledge. Good story.

24 Aishwary gaonkar October 7, 2013 at 7:11 am

A great story. We should make effort on a thing if we have its knowledge.

25 Rakesh February 9, 2014 at 8:38 am

Sorry for the request, but I need that old man’s number…

26 Ramesh April 19, 2014 at 7:43 am

Good story, it really inspired me.

27 Ammar November 23, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Wow!!! Amazing.:)

28 Crisj April 10, 2015 at 5:16 am

Its indeed a good story i have come to realise how powerful knowledge is in comparission with luck

29 SRD September 11, 2015 at 1:19 am

I love this Blog…

30 Arun September 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Really superb, very inspiring story. “Knowledge is power” today i have opened my eyes

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