One young academically excellent person went to apply for a managerial position
in a big company.
He passed the first interview; the director did the last interview, made the
The director discovered from the CV, that the youth's academic result is
excellent all the way, from the secondary school until the postgraduate
research, never was a year he did not score.
The director asked, "Did you obtain any scholarship in school?" and the youth
The director asked, " Is it your father who paid for your school fees?" the
youth answered, my father passed away when I was one year old, it is my mother
who paid for my school fees.
The director asked, " Where did your mother work?" the youth answered, my
mother worked as a cloth cleaner. The director requested the youth to show his
hand, the youth showed a pair of hand that were smooth and perfect to the
The director asked, " Did you ever help your mother wash the clothes before?"
The youth answered, never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more
books, furthermore, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.The director
said, I have a request, when you go back today, go and help to clean your
mother's hand, and then see me tomorrow morning.
The youth felt that as the chance of landing the job is high, when he went
back, he happily wanted to clean his mother's hand, his mother felt strange,
happy but mixed with fear, she showed her hands to the kid.
The youth cleaned his mother's hand slowly, his tears dropped down as he did
that. It is the first time he found his mother's hands so wrinkled, and there
are so many bruises in her hand. Some bruises incite pains so strong that
shiver his mother's body when cleaned with water.
This is the first time the youth realized and experienced that it is this pair
of hand that washed the cloth everyday to earn him the school fees, the bruises
in the mother's hand is the price that the mother paid for his graduation and
academic excellence and probably his future.
After finishing the cleaning of his mother hand, the youth quietly cleaned all
remaining clothes for his mother. That night, mother and son talked for a very
Next morning, the youth went to the director's office.
The director noticed the tear in the youth's eye, asked: “Can you tell what have
you done and learned yesterday in your house?"
The youth answered, " I cleaned my mother's hand, and also finished cleaning all
the remaining clothes'
The director asked, “please tell me your feeling."
The youth said :
Number 1, I knew what is appreciation, without my mother, there would not the
successful me today.
Number 2, I knew how to work together with my mother, then only I can realize
how difficult and tough to get something done.
Number 3, I knew the importance and value of family relationship.
The director said, " This is what I am asking, I want to recruit a person that
can appreciate the help of other, a person that knew the suffering of others to
get thing done, and a person that would not put money as his only goal in life
to be my manager. You are hired.