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People don't resist to work they resist workingthe way, they are forced to work


Most of us do not provide freedom to perform to our children/team members. Some of us are not only reluctant to offer freedom to perform but also force our children/team members to work in our way ONLY. It is observed that most of the times people do not resist the work they are assigned but resist working, the way they are forced to work. Story given below is not only interesting but also absolutely apt to human beings.

The story

"There was a couple who did not have a child. Hence, they bought a pet, a puppy dog. Since, they had no child they were very much attached to the puppy. They wanted it to be healthy and therefore, used to take every care of it, used to provide him good food. Someone suggested them that if you give 'Cod liver oil' to the puppy daily it will become robust. They bought 'Cod liver oil' and started giving it daily. It was very difficult for them to make the puppy drink the oil, as it used to jump and run around. Therefore, husband used to catch the puppy between his legs and the wife used to pour the oil in its mouth with the help of a big funnel.

One day while making the puppy drink some oil got spilled on the ground, while wife went to bring something to clean the ground, to their surprise they found puppy licking the oil from the ground. That day they have realized the fact that the dog never opposed to drink the oil but what it was opposing the way they were making it to drink the oil".

Moral of the story

People do not resist the work they are assigned but resist working, the way they are forced to work.

(Excerpts from the book, ‘Why My Horse Doesn’t Drink – Learn to motivate people around you)

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