One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position in a big company.
He passed the first interview, the director conducted the last interview, to make the final decision.
The director discovered from the resume that the youth's academic achievements were excellent all the way, from school until postgraduation,he never had a year when he did not score.
The director asked, "Did you get any scholarships in school?" the youth answered "none".
The director asked, "Was it your father who paid for your school fees?"
The youth answered, "My father passed away when I was a year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.
The director asked, "Where did your mother work?" The youth answered, "My mother washes clothes - she is a clothes cleaner.
The director requested to see the youth's hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.
The director asked, "Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes?" The youth answered, "Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than I can.
The director said, "I have a request. When you go back today, go and clean your mother's hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.*
The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went home, he happily requested his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to the son.
The youth cleaned his mother's hands slowly. His tears fell to the ground as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother's hands were so rough and wrinkled, and there were so many bruises. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when they were cleaned with water.
This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother's hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his graduation, academic excellence and his future.
After finishing the cleaning of his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.
That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.
Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.
The Director noticed the tears in the youth's eyes, asked: " Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday at home?"
The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hands, and also cleaned the remaining clothes'
The Director asked, " please tell me your feelings."
The youth said, Number 1, Without my mother, there would not the successful me today. Number 2, by working together and helping my mother, only I now realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done. Number 3, I have come to appreciate the importance and value of family relationship.
The director said, " This is what I am looking for to be my manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life. You are hired.
Later on, this young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and as a team. The company's performance improved tremendously.