A hungry, tired, and empty-handed disciple turns to a monk for help. After carefully listening to the pain of his disciple the monk hands him over a shining object. “This alone shall solve all of your problems provided you reach out to the right person.”

The disciple accepted the object and left the place. After a while, he spotted a farmer and offered the precious stone to him, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. It would be kind if you’d buy this shining object from me.”

The farmer looked at the shining object, “It is none of my use but since you are hungry, I can take the grains equal to the weight of the object.”

The disciple instantly remembered the words of the monk and left the place without accepting the offer.

After some travel, he met with a grocery merchant. He approached him, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. Would you be able to buy this shining object and in exchange give me money.” The merchant looked at the shining object and he thought that it can help him measure the goods faster. “I can give you sugar equivalent to the weight of the shining object.” The disciple didn’t find the offer exciting and decided to move ahead.

He continued his journey further. He saw a jewelry merchant selling many similar shining objects in his shop. He went near the shopkeeper, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. Would you be able to buy this shining object and in exchange give me cash?”

The shopkeeper examined the shining object. He thought that he can use it to make more jewelry and earn more money. He said, “I will give you Rs. 10,000/- in exchange for the precious stone.”
The disciple wasn’t satisfied with the offer. He continued his search for another buyer. After a while, he entered a large diamond shop. He approached the owner, “I am hungry, tired and empty-handed. Would you be able to buy this shining object and in exchange give me money.” The diamond merchant was amused holding in his hand the most expensive and rare diamond.

He made an offer, “Gentleman, you are so lucky to own this precious stone. I don’ have enough money to buy it, but I am happy to offer you a partnership. We will make high-quality diamond jewelry from it and sell it in the market. We will invest the earnings to expand our business to become rich and famous.” The disciple was happy to accept the partnership offer. They started working together and over a period of time, they both became rich and famous.

Whether you are in the job or business, you need to connect and network with the right kind of people who discovers your true value. Then only you can leverage your real potential and achieve your goals.

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