A teacher asked Eight year old Student, “If I give you one orange and one orange and one orange , how many oranges will you have?” Within a few seconds Student replied confidently, “Five!”
She was disappointed. “Maybe the child did not listen properly,” she thought. She repeated, “Student, listen carefully. If I give you one orange and one orange and one orange , how many oranges will you have?”
Student had seen the disappointment on his teacher’s face. He calculated again on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that will make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for the correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy. This time hesitatingly he replied, “Five”
The disappointment stayed on the teacher’s face. She remembered that Student liked Grapes. She thought maybe he doesn’t like oranges and that is making him lose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement and twinkling in her eyes she asked, “If I give you one Grape and one Grape and one Grape, then how many you will have?”
Seeing the teacher happy, Student calculated on his fingers again. She wanted her new approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Student inquired, “Three?”
The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had finally succeeded. She wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again she asked him, “Now if I give you one orange and one orange and one more orange how many will you have?”
Student answered, “Five”
The teacher was frustrated and disappointed and thinking Student as idiot. She asked “How Student, how?” in a little dominating and irritated voice.
In a low and hesitating voice Student replied, “Because I already have two oranges in my bag.”
So in the End Student did teach you a lesson. What is it?
When someone gives you an answer different from expected. There maybe an angle or a reason that you have not understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never listen with a predetermined or expected answer ….