The Bucket Story
Wealth is not for Everyone
The second winning contractor, Ah Seng, disappeared for a while. He was not seen for months, which made Ah Beng very happy since he had no competition. Ah Beng was making all the money.
At the grand opening celebration, Ah Seng announced that his water was cleaner than Ah Beng's water. Ah Seng also announced that he could supply water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Ah Beng could only deliver water on weekday (he did not work on weekend). Ah Seng also announced that he would charge 75% less than Ah Beng did for this higher quality and more reliable source of water! The villager cheered and ran immediately for the faucet at the end of Ah Seng pipeline!
For some reason, after college, his two sons never returned. Eventually Ah Beng had employee and union problems. The union was demanding higher wages, better benefits, and wanted its members to only haul one bucket at a time.
Ah Seng, on the other hand, realized that if this village needed water then other villages must need water too. He rewrote his business plan and went off to sell his high speed, high volume, low cost, and clean water delivery system to villages throughout the world! He only makes a penny per bucket of water delivered, but he delivered billions of buckets of water everyday. Regardless he work or not billions of people consume billions buckets of water, and all that money pours into his bank account! Ah Seng had developed a pipeline system to deliver money to himself as well as water to the villagers.
Ah Seng live happily ever after and Ah Beng worked hard all his life and have financial problems forever after.
Am I building a pipeline or hauling buckets?
Am I working hard or am I working smart?
Money do not make you rich. Business skills does!