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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Challenge yourself…

Spare some time to read this interesting facts about how the Japanese solve problems that seem impossible to solve. Very interesting and motivating at the same time….

To all the Eating-fish lovers: So now you know why the Jap have such fresh fish…

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish.

But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades.

So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish.

If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh.

The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats.

They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea.

Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer.

However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price.

So fishing companies installed fish tanks.

They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin.

After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving.

They were tired and dull, but alive.

Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference.

Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste.

The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem?

How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan?

If you were consulting for the fish industry, what would you recommend?

How Japanese Fishes Stay Fresh:

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fishes in the tanks.
But now they add a small shark to each tank.
The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state.
The fishes are challenged.

The Benefits of a Challenge:
The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a good problem.
If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are happy.
You think of your challenges and get energized.
You are excited to try new solutions.
You are alive!

Instead of avoiding challenges, jump into them.
Beat the heck out of them. Enjoy the game.
If your challenges are too large or too numerous, do not give up.
Failing makes you tired. Instead, reorganize.
Find more determination, more knowledge, more help.
If you have met your goals, set some bigger goals.
Once you meet your personal or family needs, move onto goals for your group, the society, even mankind.

Like the Japanese fish problem, the best solution is simple. It was observed by L. Ron Hubbard in the early 1950’s.

“Man thrives, oddly enough, only in the presence of a challenging environment.”- L. Ron Hubbard.

So, put a shark in your tank and see how far you can really go!

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein

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