Motivate Yourself: The Story of Potato, Egg and Coffee Beans

Hello and welcome to exampundit. Once upon a time a daughter
complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know
how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the
time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her
father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and
placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to
boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee
beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to
his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he
was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes
out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed
them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
Turning to her, he asked.
“Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.
“Look closer”, he said, “and
touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.
He then asked her to take an egg
and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.
Finally, he asked her to sip the
coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she
He then explained that the
potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the
boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in
strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.
The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior
until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.
However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the
boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.
“Which one are you?” he asked his
daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a
potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
Moral: In life, things happen
around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how
you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about
leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into
something positive.


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