Once upon a time, a giant cruise ship was about to set off for its maiden voyage.
The only problem?
The ship's engine wouldn't start.
The cruise company tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine.
Then they asked an old man who'd been fixing ships since he was a young. He carried a large bag of tools with him when he arrived.
He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.
Two of the executives watched him carefully, hoping he'd know what to do.
After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer.
He gently tapped against one of the pipes. Instantly, the engine started to move!
It was fixed!
A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for $10,000.
“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!”
So they wrote a reply back, “Please send us an itemized bill.”
The old man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 1
Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,999
The lesson learnt?
Effort is important, but knowledge and experience makes all the difference.