True Value


古董手表浪琴
古董手表浪琴

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An old man said to his son on his 90th birthday: “This is a commemorative watch your grandfather gave me. It is almost 200 years old. Before I give it to you, please go to the watch shop on Third Street. Go to the watchmaker and tell him you want to sell this watch and ask him how valuable this watch is.”

The son came back and told his father disdainfully: “The watchmaker said that since this watch is too old, it can only be worth 5 dollars as a souvenir watch.”

His father said: “Now go to the coffee shop on Sixth Street and ask the same question.” The son returned a short while later and said with a smile: “The coffee shop is willing to spend 20 dollars to buy it as a decoration for the shop.”

The old man said: “Now go to the Jiade Antique Store and ask them how much the watch is worth.” The son ran back out. When he returned, he told his father: “Dad, I was so surprised! The antique dealer is willing to buy this watch for $120,000, and he is willing to talk to you personally about it at any time.”

His father said: “Next, go to the museum and ask the curator how valuable the watch is, and tell him that I want to sell this watch.” This time, the son came back looking pale and frightened and stammered to his old father: “The museum is willing to buy this watch for $1.8 million U.S. dollars. They said that they would be willing to speak with you about it as soon as you are willing to sell it.”

The old father said, “I want you to know that only in the right place can things be valued appropriately.”

We should also value life in the same way. Do not put yourself in the wrong position, or you will be perceived as worthless. Know where your values lie, and don’t let yourself get stuck in a place where you don’t fit in.

Reference: https://www.dongchedi.com/ugc/article/1651778714705932

真正的价值

有一位老父亲,他在九十岁生日时对儿子说:这是您祖父送给我的纪念手表,已将近200年的历史了。在我传给您之前,你可以先帮我去第三街的手表店,告诉他:我要卖掉这表,问看看这只表能有多少”价值。

儿子走了回来,然后很不屑的告诉父亲说:制表师傅说了:因为这表太老旧了,只能值5美元当纪念表。

父亲再说:你再去第六街的咖啡店问看看。儿子又走了回来,然后笑著说:咖啡店愿意花20美元买下它当店内的摆饰品。

父亲再说:你可以去佳德古董商行问看看,后来儿子沿路冲著跑回来,喘著气惊讶的说,爸爸,古董商愿意用12万美元买下这只表,他们愿意亲自找您来谈,任何时候都可以。

父亲又说:你再去博物馆找馆长问看看,说我想出售这只手表。这次儿子面无血色惊吓著走了回来,非常结巴的对他老父亲说:“博物馆他们愿意以一百八十万美元买下这只表,只要您肯,他们随时可以再谈。

老父亲说:“我想让你知道,只有在正确的地方,才会产生出正确的价值。

人生也要以正确的方式,珍视自己的价值,不要把自己放在错误的地方,否则你将一文不值。要知道你的价值在那里,不要让自己停留在不适合的地方。

参考:https://www.dongchedi.com/ugc/article/1651778714705932

 

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