Monday, February 14, 2011

Story with a Moral: TEN Easy Questions or ONE Difficult Question

Dear All,

This short interesting story/riddle has a simple but profound lesson that all of us can think through.

As an interesting warmer or activity to engage our students, we can ask them for their choice (to answer TEN Easy questions or to answer ONE Difficult question) and the reason for their choice before giving the answer and drawing a striking lesson from this parable.

Rodney Tan

Interviewer said, "I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Which will it be? Think well before you make up your mind!"

The candidate thought for a while and said, "My choice is one really difficult question."

" Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice!" said the interviewer.

Here is your question: "What comes first, Day or Night?"

The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depended on the correctness of the answer to that one question. He thought for a while and said, " It's DAY sir!"

" How?" the interviewer asked.

" Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!"

Moral : Technical Skill is the mastery of complexity, while Creativity is the mastery of simplicity


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