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This story is about a man selling hotdogs by the roadside. He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers.

He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, so he never watched TV. But enthusiastically, he sold lots of hotdogs. He offered attractive specials to increase his sales. His sales and profits went up. He ordered more and more raw material and buns and sold more. He recruited staff to serve customers. He started offering home deliveries. Eventually he got himself a bigger stove.


His son, who had recently graduated from college, joined his father. Then something strange happened. The son asked, ‘Dad, aren’t you aware of the great recession coming our way?’ The father replied, ‘No, but tell me about it.’ The son said, ‘The international situation is terrible. The domestic situation is even worse. We should be prepared for the coming bad times.’


The man thought since his son had been to college, read the papers, listened to radio and watched TV, he ought to know and his advice shouldn’t be taken lightly. So the next day, the father cut down the his raw material orders, took down the signboard, removed all specials he was offering customers and was no longer as enthusiastic. He reduced his staff. Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his hotdog stand. Sales dropped rapidly.


The father said, ‘Son, you were right. We’re in the middle of a recession and crisis. I am glad you warned me ahead of time.’


Moral: Many a times we actually contribute towards placing ourselves in difficulty through short-sightedness.

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