The main engine of a ship failed to start.
The Ship’s owners engaged one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine.
Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a small bag of tools with him, and when he arrived he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully from top to bottom, fore and aft. Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After carefully looking things over the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a hammer. He smiled, gently tapped something and announced the engine could now be started. Duty engineers proceeded to the controls and the engine started with ease. The engine was fixed, the old man carefully put his hammer away.
A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for Ten Thousand Dollars. “What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!” So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.”
The old man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap $ 9,998.00
Effort is important,
But knowing where to make an effort,
Makes all the difference!*
Seaford Marine Consulting
Prompt Service, Quality Results,
To protect our clients’ interests
*Inspired by a Vignette from “Humans at Sea” on Linkedin