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Motivational stories for Career development

Updated on April 5, 2014
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This Tiwari has seen lot of experiences in his life and had lots of illusions. Now when he is disillusioned he is a happy man.

List of stories included

The traits which, I believe, are very important to a professional are Positive Attitude, Belief, Perseverance, opportunity and the fact that "Every thing happens for a reason and for something good. I have included the list of stories in order to give my readers a quick review of what they will find ahead in the blog.

  1. The clever Donkey
  2. The Mystery behind the Rainfall
  3. The Illiterate Fruit-seller
  4. The dilemma of Chanakya
  5. Alexander and Battle of Jhelum

Motivational stories and their purpose.

Most of the people will immediately assent to one problem that they face. The problem is that they know the ways to correct themselves and their attitude but they still are not able to apply those things in their life. I had this problem too but I have managed to overcome. I found out that most of the time it is because of lack of will power and lack of understanding.

I have in this hub tried to explain, through parables, ways to build and sustain a sound professional career and the main concept behind them. When you get to know about a particular thing and the way it works you become more comfortable in applying the remedy to solve your problem.

Motivational stories act as a great source of energy and wisdom, and the best part in them is that they are interesting and they serve as an example of every thing, which one is advised to apply on him, and hence one can easily get their essence. I have given stories which describe a particular trait which a professional must inculcate if he desires a bright future.

1. The Clever Donkey

Once upon a time, probably in 19th century, in a village lived a farmer named Harikishan. He was very poor and lived alone. He had a small plot of land on which he planted various vegetables and then transported vegetables to sell them in a nearby market. In those days people used bull-cart to carry heavy goods but even those were considered to be a mark of status and prosperity.

Harikishan had a well but that was dried and of no use to him.He also had a donkey on which he carried the vegetables in the sack, from his home to the market. The donkey had served him many years and now had grown old. It sometimes limped and sometimes straggled and due to which Hariskishan had to start early in order to reach the market on time.

One day while returning from the market it became dark and hence Harikishan reached his home very late and was very thirsty and tired due to tiresome journey and inconvenience caused by dark. He, after reaching his home, rushed in his room to drink water and sat on his bed. He soon felt asleep.

In the morning when he woke-up he, somewhat amazed and hungry, went first to bring back the remaining vegetables that he was not able to sell. To his surprise he could not see his donkey anywhere! He did not cared much for the donkey but the sack which he had unintentionally left on the back of donkey, last night.

He was about to inform his neighbors when he heard his donkey braying somewhere. He moved here and there but he could not find his donkey. He then looked into his well. Oh! his donkey was there in the well! What a blunder he committed last night by not fastening the donkey, he thought.

Since he did not cared much about the donkey he decided that filling the well was better idea then paying the workers to take his donkey out of the well alive. He decided to hire 6 workers for it.

After few hours the worker arrived and they began to perform their work and they began to fill the well with the soil. The donkey was unconscious but he had waken when the soil thrown by workers impinged on his head. At first, he was dumbfounded and could not decipher what was going on ? But at the next he understood the evil intentions of his master. "My master wants to bury me alive just because I am old and of no use to him!", he grieved. Another lump of mud fell on him. He was lost in sorrow when the frequency of droppings increased. He, just got infuriated due to large amount that had started falling on him and make the place his cemetery.

In his fury he tossed aside the mud that had accumulated on his back. And suddenly a hunch came to his mind, "If I continue to dispel this mud away I will not be under the mud but mud will be under me and in this way I can make myself out alive!" He was delighted and he derogatorily watched the mud in triumph when he noticed the sack which had fallen with him. He began to toss the mud on the sack too and in this way managed his food.

After seven days the after the filling was complete, Harikishan was astounded to see his donkey and learnt from him a great lesson. He thought, "If his donkey can come out of the well --alive-- with his positive attitude, why cannot he make riches with his human mind and the land he has got!" Harikishan then changed his attitude and went to become wealthiest trader in the province due to his positive attitude.

When a Donkey can, Why Can`t we!

Donkey with a positive attitude!
Donkey with a positive attitude! | Source

2.The Mystery behind the Rainfall

In a village there lived a saint who had a remarkable power. He could make the rain fall whenever he wanted by dancing under the open sky. It, hence, became a custom that whenever the villagers faced the the threat of a drought, they requested the sage in order to bring the rain.

Every thing in the village was going normal when an incident happened. Few guys from the city visited that village. They after having stayed for few days learnt about that special and occult capacity of the sage. They completely derided the whole story and they thought that villagers are fooled by a scoundrel. They after listening decided that they must disillusion these rustics and find out the real truth.

They challenged the sage and they said that even they can do the same. A day was decided and people from all over the village gathered due to the intense curiosity and anger that these urban champs had aroused by challenging their venerable sage.

The day was sunny and no trace of cloud could be seen. These guys confident and arrogant started dancing but nothing happened. They continued for one hour but nothing happened: no clouds came; not a single raindrop fell. They just accepted their defeat and in shame left the yard where they were dancing.

Now, it was the turn of the sage. He began to dance. Nothing happened. He continued to dance for the next one hour. Nothing changed. He never stopped and went on dancing. Every one, specially the urban boys, was watching the phenomenon with great intent. Three hours elapsed but no cloud appeared in the sky. The sage was still dancing, even after six hours had elapsed since he had started dancing. The sage was dancing since eight hours and now it seemed that his continuous efforts are all for vain but suddenly miracle happened. Clusters of cloud veiled the sky and within few minutes it started to rain.

Now, the people were applauding the resting saint, when these guys approached him for apology. He smiled and said, "Son, even you all might be wondering now that I have some occult powers but let me clarify I have none. I only kept two things in my mind. The first thing 1. I have a firm belief that when I will dance it will rain and 2. I will dance until it rains." The guys bowed in reverence and then went back to their cities but now before learning the value of two qualities that are Belief and perseverance.

Rainfall demystefied

Rain fell but not due to miracle. It was result of perseverance and belief.
Rain fell but not due to miracle. It was result of perseverance and belief. | Source

3.The Illiterate Fruit-Seller

In London suburbs there lived an illiterate man named Alfred Watson. He worked in factory as a labor but the arrival of great recession of 1929 had left him jobless and penniless. He was greatly dismayed by such a sever blow that fate had given to him. But he did not lose his patience. He kept on searching jobs but the great monster of recession had devoured all the jobs and only unemployment and starving people were found in profusion.

Today he returned with a heavy heart since the line for the bread was too long and before he could make it the process was terminated. He slept in hunger. Next day he, though exhausted, decided to go out and search a job again. He went in a factory and asked from the manager for work. The receptionist asked him to wait and informed her boss. It was the luck of the Alfred who brought him here. The post of a guard had just became vacant and company too urgently needed a guard to protect it`s property from the theft.

He was called in and interviewed. Every thing went smooth and at last the Interviewer asked him to sign. Alfred expressed his inability. Manager scornfully looked at him and said, "There is no need of an Illiterate man in our company, what can you do if you can`t even sign ?"

Alfred now somewhat broken and humiliated left the factory. He was very hungry and was stalking with a heavy heart in the streets. He then entered a place bustling with people and wondered how to arrange his food ?

A lorry was parked and the driver seemed in some trouble. His eyes were constantly looking for someone but he was not able to find. It was at this moment that Alfred was approaching towards the lorry. He was constantly thinking about the ways to manage for his feast, when he noticed a shilling lying on the road. His eyes flashed for a moment but when he picked it up, he thought that shilling might be of the person standing next to him. He asked the person(It was the same driver who was looking for someone) that whether shilling belongs to him ? The driver searched his pocket and then dissented.

The driver was pleased with the honesty and asked Alfred`s profession ? Alfred apprised him of everything. Driver was eagerly waiting his labor who had not come on time to unload the lorry full of fruits. Driver then asked whether he would unload the lorry for a fair sum. Alfred merrily agreed. He unloaded with enthusiasm and got his wage. Driver also proposed him to work for him permanently. Alfred agreed.

Alfred, everyday, unloaded the lorry but he was very diligent. He began to take interest in the fruit market and soon he became well versed in fruit business. He proposed his driver to start a new venture in which they would directly buy fruits from the growers and sell it to the vendors and other small merchants who sold on stalls.

Driver was not very ambitious so he expressed his lack of interest. But he said that Alfred is free to start and he will help Alfred in every way he can. Alfred, though little disheartened, decided to go ahead and claim his share of fortune that British market offered in recession. All this was in 1930.

It is the year 1934 and the world is now a much better place then it was four years ago. Alfred Watson is a renowned business man of London and the turn over of his company in the last fiscal year was 1 million pound! Yes, he had made it despite the dry market and low opportunities of business that resulted due to the great recession.

One day, Alfred went to Bank for some clearance regarding his company`s (Alfred Watson & Company ) financial transaction. The manager was recently appointed and hence he was surprised and happy to see this fruit magnate in his office. He welcomed him and detailed him about the transaction and at last asked him to sign.

Alfred, somewhat embarrassed, said that he is an illiterate. Manager, agape and dazed, said in astonishment, "Sir, do you know how far you could have gone if you knew how to sign!(If you were literate)." Alfred smiled and said, "If I would have known how to sign then I would have been a security guard in a factory!"

Kindly note carefully, the moral of the story. It means that sometimes what seems bad luck and unfortunate in the present can be a boon of the future. Hence you need to accept and move in you life. Every thing happens for a reason and happens for good.

Illiteracy is not a hindrance!

Sometimes a disaster happens only to route us to our destiny.
Sometimes a disaster happens only to route us to our destiny. | Source

4. The dilemma of Chanakya

Chanakya, also known as Kautilya, was an Indian Politician who by dint of his abilities and political prowess unified the whole country for the first time. He was also an excellent administrator and economist. His book, Arthshastra(Economics) is still relevant and is regarded as the first systematic study and description of Economics. A professor from Takshila University-- Perhaps world`s first university-- he came to Patliputra(One of largest cities of world in reign of Ashoka, the great) and found his greatest discovery of his life-- Chandragupta Maurya.

There are many fables related with Chanakya but I have selected the one which is most beneficial to the modern professionals and it had such a deep impact on Indian history.

After the education of the Chandragupta completed in Takshila, Chanakya decided to attack the towns and villages and finally annex the whole Magadha Kingdom and hence fulfilling his pledge of destroying the Magadh King Dhananand.

He had already accumulated the resources necessary for waging war. He then started annexing towns and cities of Magadh under the commander Chandragupta Maurya. His assault infuriated the public and the emperor.

The emperor sent an army which surrounded the small army of Chandragupta Maurya and overwhelmed it resulting in complete failure of their expedition. Some how the guru and the disciple managed to escape and fled into the forest for their survival.

The Chanakya who had nursed his desire to oust Dhananand and destroy him was filled with rage. But, as mature he was, he remained solemn and decided to disguise themselves and find out the reason for their failure.

So, in strange garbs they wandered in Magadh kingdom in order to find out the root cause of their failure. He, never for a second, doubted the ability of Chandragupta, nor he had left any stone unturned in his Military preparations.

One day while wandering they reached a house and asked the woman for lunch(They were disguised as Brahmins and Brahmins were deeply revered in those days). She respectfully asked them to come inside. While they were having their lunch in a stranger`s house. At the same time, the woman was baking the chapatis and also giving it to his son. The son who was still an adolescent was tearing the chapatis from center and hence his fingers burnt every time he did so. His mother told him that he was exactly behaving in the way Chandragupta did. Boy, little amazed, asked, "In what way so " ? Woman replied, "Chandragupta attacked the towns and cities first and left the frontier regions which gave the king opportunity to surround him and defeat."

The Chanakya and his disciple were intently hearing and they finally had found out the root cause of their failure. This time they again mustered up the courage and began annexing the frontiers region of the country first. Soon they were able to defeat and subjugate the arrogant Emperor Dhananand.

What is the moral of the story ? The moral of this story is that you identify the root of the problem and strike at the root. Your incorrect approach to deal with a problem may lead you in trouble.

Nanda Empire which Chandragupta Maurya conquered

Chankya guided Chandragupta to conquer whole of Nanda Empire and expand it further.
Chankya guided Chandragupta to conquer whole of Nanda Empire and expand it further. | Source

Alexander and the Battle of Jhelum

Alexander the Great, was the greatest conqueror in the human History. He led his missions in the east and established an empire, which in the history, remains unparalleled.He like a passionate warrior traveled through various geographies and faced various afflictions in his expedition.

The parable, that I have selected to describe, well depicts the military tactics of the great emperor and his sagacity in exploiting the opportunities with great dexterity.

After the traitor king Ambhi accepted Alexander as his king, Alexander sent his messenger in the court of King Porus but the brave King refuted and said that he would be happy to welcome Alexander in the battlefield. This angered Alexander and he, despite of the hot summer and imminent rainy season, marched towards the bank of the Jhelum to settle his Military Base.

On the right side of the river Jhelum, Porus waited and reinforced his military.Every effort was made to ensure that Alexander must not cross the river by covering all the possible locations from which Alexander could cross the river. Both armies were on the bank of Jhelum facing each other. The problem with Porus was that he was not able to predict that real cause for the temporary movement of the Military camps of Alexander. He was not sure that whether Alexander is changing his positions due to genuine geographical difficulties or it is a deception to surprise him.

One night making the full advantage of the stormy weather and heavy rainfall, Alexander ordered his men to row the boats and cross the river. The point he had selected was around 20 miles away from the Indian camps and there was a small island having natural vegetation which obscured the movement of Greeks.

Hearing this from one of his spies Porus was stunned. He could not make decision about where the actual strength of the enemy was-- in Army that was on the other side or the army which had crossed in the stormy night. The time was passing very quickly and he had to make a decision. He sent his son to check the progress of the Greeks and stop them from crossing the river. His son had, with him, 2000 cavaliers, 120 chariots. His son was surprised to see a well assembled army. Indians were outnumbered and more then 400 cavaliers were slaughtered which also included the prince. The chariots were mired in sludge.

Porus, now having learnt of the failure decided to combat Alexander on the main front. The pivot of Indian strength were elephants while cavalier were the pivot of the Greek Army. When Europeans first saw elephant in the battle field they were frightened since they had never seen such a behemoth in battle. But Alexander had fought many battles and had an amazing spirit of a brave warrior.

The Greek cavaliers were indeed much better and experienced then their Indian counterparts and it was where the Alexander got a point to strike with highest impact. Indian cavaliers could not withstand onslaught of the outnumbered and more adept Europeans and they were defeated. The weather too favored Alexander since Indians could not use their bow and arrow due to mud. The chariots too were victimized due to the excessive rain and they got jammed in mud. Rest is history and Porus was defeated.

What is the moral of the story ? The moral of the story is the opportunity. Some other warrior might have thought it a folly and whim to cross wild Jhelum in a stormy and rainy night. But it was Alexander who knew that it also served as best time to surprise Indian King. So, remember that it is very character of the opportunity it comes hidden in form of adversity.

Empire of Alexander the Great

Alexander`s empire stretched from Greece, Nort Africa to North-Western India.
Alexander`s empire stretched from Greece, Nort Africa to North-Western India. | Source

Lessons from Motivational Stories

Serial no.
The Clever Donkey
Positive Attitude
The Mystery Behind the Rainfall
Perseverance and Belief
The Illiterate Fruit-Seller
Every thing happens for Good
The Dilemma of Chanakya
Strike at the root
Alexander and The Battle of Jhelum
Don`t miss opportunity
Each story teaches us something. All we need is to assimilate and apply the lessons on ourselves.

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Fables often serve as a great mode to teach us. I collected this fables from various sources and have narrated in a way so that it becomes easier for my readers to understand and interesting to read.Do not forget to poll since your poll gives immense information, to you about your understanding, about the topic.

I would be happy in appending more fables at the behest of my readers. Any criticisms are welcome.

Have a nice Career.


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    • ravi1991 profile image

      Ashutosh Tiwari 3 years ago from Lucknow, India

      Thank you :) @nnms

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      Seiboi Misao 3 years ago from India

      Indeed inspiring stories...

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      Ashutosh Tiwari 4 years ago from Lucknow, India



      Always nice to see you.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      What a truly marvellous hub of stories - loved the Donkey and Alexander the Great. Thank you! Up, interesting, useful and beautiful