Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sharks In Your Life

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades.

So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever. The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh. The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats. They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish. The frozen fish brought a lower price.

So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.

The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish. So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? How Japanese managed to keep the fish fresh?

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.

Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull, so we need a Shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically in our lives Sharks are new challenges to keep us active and taste better….. The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a challenge.

If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are Conqueror.. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. You have fun. You are alive!

16 comments:

Guruprasad said...

i like the idea of putting in a shark in a tank full of people and then watching the fun... i could also make some money on the side by charging a fee for other like-minded voyeurs :)

Piyush said...

sharks, challenges..nice analogy..
i like it that way..something to keep you on your toes..propelling us to perform better than what we believe we can..

Piyush said...

@Guru: some will manage even to survive a shark..we humans are extremely resourceful..

Mariposa said...

WOW!

I was waiting for the punchline but I got a very good lesson instead. LOVE this!!!

Drwiz said...

Now that was inspiring, Thank you :)

Prats said...

Thats Really awesome take :-)

Sharks in real life.. Nice Idea..

Suma said...

hmmm...interesting!
why did you think of this?

Pavi!!!! said...

Great analogy !
Did this really happen with the japanese ppl or is it u who deserves credit for thinking on these lines?

Arun Kumar said...

wow ... great story dude... very motivational...
we always need someone to deliver the push.. make us feel alive...

Dr. Chandana Shekar said...

good philosophy

Shruti said...

wow.. this is superb! :)

Akshaya Kamalnath said...

true...reminds me of ur stock market post

Saranya said...

That was a nice inspiring message. Loved it :)

Raksha Raman said...

Well said!

msatheeshkumar said...

Hey dude...... excellent post. What u said is absolutely correct. Life is boring without a challenge and motivation. Always we should have an aim in our life. Otherwise there'll be no fun. Having achieved one we have to aim at another....without loss of enthusiasm. This is the secret of happiness in Life. I've known this from the book 'Why some positive thinkers get powerful results?' by Norman Vincent Peale. Many thanks for such a beautiful example. Have a Great day........

Aparna said...

u opened my eyes!!! thanq doc!

i love this story....will share with my sis