There is an old story about a child who once told his teacher that she only learned one line during the few days the teacher was away.

As all of her classmates claimed to have studied multiple chapters in this time, the teacher was upset about the child’s progress.

As he pressed the child further on this lack of progress, the child calmly explained that she had put in maximum effort.

As the conversation progressed, the teacher became increasingly infuriated, insulted the child’s intelligence, and wanted to slap her.

The child stayed calm throughout this fit of anger.

Surprised at the child’s reaction, the teacher finally asked her what was the line she had learnt.

“Don’t get angry.” – came the response.

On occasions when I think of this story, I’m reminded of the power of doing few things well.

And, of the fact that to learn and not to do is not to learn.


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