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News & Tidbits: Sledgehammer Wisdom

May 17, 2018

 

I was networking with my referral partners this morning when a gentleman share a wonderful old chestnut. I couldn't find the exact version he shared, so I'll send you over to Scott Clark's version at Buzzmaven

 

The Graybeard engineer retired and a few weeks later the Big Machine Broke down, which was essential to the company's revenue. The Manager couldn't get the machine to work again so the company called in Graybeard as an independent consultant.

 

Graybeard agrees. He walks into the factory, takes a look at the Big Machine, grabs a sledge hammer, and whacks the machine once whereupon the machine starts right up. Graybeard leaves and the company is making money again.

 

The next day Manager receives a bill from Graybeard for $5,000. Manager is furious at the price and refuses to pay. Graybeard assures him that it's a fair price. Manager retorts that if it's a fair price Graybeard won't mind itemizing the bill. Graybeard agrees that this is a fair request and complies.

 

The new, itemized bill reads....

 

Hammer: $5

 

Knowing where to hit the machine with hammer: $4995

 

In any case, it's a good illustration of the importance of expertise and experience. Wondering what experiences I'm going to introduce my children to today.

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