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One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed 

the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview. 

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were 

excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” 

the youth answered “no”.


“Was it your father who paid for your school fees?” "My father passed away 

when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.


“Where did your mother work?” “My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”


The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of 

hands that were smooth and perfect.  “Have you ever helped your mother 

wash the clothes before?”


“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my 

mother can wash clothes faster than me.” The director said, “I have a request. 

When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see 

me tomorrow morning.”


The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, 

he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but 

with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.


The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the 

first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many 

bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.


This was the first time the youth realized that it was this pair of hands that washed the 

clothes every day to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s 

hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school 

activities and his future.


After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining 

clothes for his mother.


That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.


Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.


The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me 

what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”


The youth answered, “I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning 

all the remaining clothes.”


“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. 

By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get 


done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value 

of helping one’s family.”


The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to 

recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows 

the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put 

money as his only goal in life.”


“You are hired.”


This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. 

Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company’s performance 

improved tremendously.


A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would 

develop an “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be 

ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person 

must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the 

sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, 

who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually 

they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred 

and fight for more. 

If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we 

destroying our children instead?


You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big 

screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, 

let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not 

because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them 

in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, 

one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. 

The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and 

experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.