Story of Winning : Balloons and Toothpicks Game
In a full crowded hall, a motivational speaker was delivering speech on winning. He thought to use some props and people to explain the story.
The speaker asked as many persons seated in first row to come up and his volunteers gave one balloon and one toothpick to every person.
The speaker said, “We are going to play an interesting game. You have been given the balloons and toothpicks. Now within a minute the person who only left with balloon in his/her hand will be declared as a winner. And no doubt, a nice gift hamper will be given to the winner.”
Saying this he started the game with, “Your time starts now..”
As soon as the game began, all persons shuffled their positions and tried to blast each others balloon. Only one person was left with a balloon as he was hiding the balloon behind him with one hand, but before the time up, another person came dramatically from behind and pricked his balloon.
Everybody was upset, since no one could be a winner, and nobody was going to get the gift hamper.
Now, slowly the speaker came in between and said, “Dear friends this is the story of our life. I never asked any person to prick any others balloons. You all could be the winners. Just your mindset turned you all into loosers. It’s our thinking that to win, I have to defeat somebody, To be great, I have to show someones’ incapabilities. It’s not a winning approach. Please change your mindset and attitude.”
Audience clapped with smile that they got a lesson for their life.
Moral : To be a winner. It’s not necessary to show that others are loosers. To be great, it’s not necessary to show that others’ are having less potential than you. You can be a winner and you can help others for winning as well. Think of Win-Win situation always.