Bill Gates and a Lowly Tile..!

“Amazing!” I exclaimed at what I was reading on a website, “Two-thirds of the world’s 946 billionaires made their fortunes from scratch, relying on grit and determination, and not good genes.” I read on, “Bill Gates was a dropout, who finally got his honorary degree from Harvard University in June, 30 years after quitting the prestigious school to sell software!”
“Other billionaires, such as Oprah Winfrey, made their fortunes against far greater odds! Born in rural Mississippi, she spent her early years living in poverty on her grandmother’s farm. She moved to Wisconsin to be with her mother, but was sexually molested by her male relatives! At age 14, she reportedly gave birth to a premature baby who died! Only after moving to Nashville to be with her father did her luck finally start to turn!”
Farther down same page were comments from youngsters, on the article and I grimaced at what they had to say: ” Out of ur billions plz give me some…….” was what ninety per cent wrote!
To all who wrote those comments and others who think likewise; a small story:
There was a museum laid with beautiful marble tiles and which had a huge marble statue displayed in the middle of the lobby. Many people came from all over the world just to admire this statue. One night, a marble tile, resentment writ all over its shining face started talking to the marble statue.
“Statue,” it said, “it’s just not fair. Why does everybody from all over the world come all the way here just to step on me while admiring you?”
Replied the Marble Statue, “My dear friend marble tile, do you remember we were actually from the same cave?”
“Yes,” said the tile bitterly, “that’s why it’s even more unfair. We were born from the same cave and yet we both receive different treatments now. Not fair!”
“Then,” continued the Marble Statue, “do you still remember the day a designer tried to work on you but you resisted his tools?”
“I hated the guy,” said the tile angrily, “how could he use those tools on me?”
“Well he couldn’t work on you, when you resisted,” said the statue, “so he started working on me instead. I bore all the painful tools he used on me! There was the sharp chisel and the heavy hammer and how they went at me! Hammering and chipping, day after day!”
“I saw those tools and I was scared,” said the tile.
“My friend,” whispered the marble statue, “there is a price to everything you want to be in life! I paid the price and here I am, you didn’t and there you are stepped on by all who come to see me!”
You decide what you want to be; Bill Gates or a tile, but stop envying those who allow hard circumstances of a hammer and cutting trials of a chisel shape their lives into success.
If you can’t tolerate discipline and hardship, then shut up as others walk all over you..!




11 thoughts on “Bill Gates and a Lowly Tile..!”

  1. The last line of your writeup says it all.
    Sheer persistence, hard work and a lot of sacrifice always takes you to your goal.

  2. Most people are content picking just the low hanging fruit yet , envy the ones who reached for the stars and attained great heights !

  3. Two stalwarts of IT industry are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who made a mark by their contributions. Steve at the time of his death had wealth only about 25% that of what Bill Gates has.

    What matters is achievement and contribution to society, not the wealth it brings to the person.

    The sculptor of your story has remained unsung and apparently poor ! But has immortalised his art !

  4. No, don’t let people walk over are intrinsically the same as Bill Gates.Just money is the dividing line and it matters for a second when your thoughts dwell on that.

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