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Education Does Not Mean Good Judgement

There is a story about a man who sold hot dogs by the roadside. He was illiterate, so he never read newspapers. He was hard of hearing, so he never listened to the radio. His eyes were weak, so he never watched television.

But enthusiastically, he sold lots of hot dogs. His sales and profit went up. He ordered more meat and got himself a bigger and a better stove.

As his business was growing, the son, who had recently graduated from college, joined his father. Then something strange happened. The son asked, “Dad, aren’t you aware of the great recession that is coming our way?”

The father replied, “No, but tell me about it.” The son said, “The international situation is terrible. The domestic is even worse. We should be prepared for the coming bad time.”

The man thought that since his son had been to college, read the papers, and listened to the radio, he ought to know and his advice should not be taken lightly. So the next day, the father cut down his order for the meat and buns, took down the sign and was no longer enthusiastic.

Very soon, fewer and fewer people bothered to stop at his hot dog stand. And his sales started coming down rapidly. The father said to his son, “Son, you were right. We are in the middle of a recession. I am glad you warned me ahead of time.”

What is the moral of the story?

1. Many times we confuse intelligence with good judgment.

2. A person may have high intelligence but poor judgment.

3. Choose your advisers carefully and use your judgment.

4. A person can and will be successful with or without formal education if they have the 5 Cs: Character, Commitment, Conviction, Courtesy, Courage

5. The tragedy is that there are many walking encyclopedias who are living failures.

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  1. October 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Good judgement is like sixth sense, knowledge can facilitate in good judgement if applied appropriately. Out of context application as was done in this case can only lead to disaster

  2. October 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    @ Shammi – Fully agree, We have to believe in our capabilities and keep trying. Persistence always pays, may take some time but it surely does. 🙂

  3. reshma
    October 2, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    gud 1..

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  5. pinky
    October 3, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.I think Eperience counts…

  6. October 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

    @ Reshma – Thanks dear 🙂
    @ Pinky – Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment (Anthony Robbins) 🙂

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  8. October 4, 2010 at 11:40 am

    @ bet365 – Thanks, you are welcome always 🙂

  9. rajeev
    July 2, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Better use your own judgment than a judgement of some one else because he may be more learned than you.

    • July 2, 2011 at 11:33 am

      Agree, we should learn to hear our inner voice and guidance 🙂

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