Once upon a time, a thief entered a house and saw it was
empty of any possessions. In the center of a room, slept an
old man on a cot.
Not finding anything to steal, the thief thought of
stealing the cot. So, he kicked the old man, who fell off the
Rudely awakened, lying on the floor, the old man opened
his eyes and saw it was a thief.
The thief took the cot and as he was leaving, the old man
said, “I have a very precious treasure that I can give to you.”
The thief stopped and said, “What is it?”
The old man said, “ It is something that fire cannot burn,
water cannot wet, air cannot dry, thieves cannot steal, and
the more you spend the more it increases.”
The thief said, “Give it to me.”
The old man said, “Come, sit beside me and listen.”
Then the old man gave the thief the treasure of
knowledge. The thief left stealing and became a teacher.
Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time: 100 Management Stories” by Rajen Jani