The Story of the London Boy!

A boy in London made his living as a sales clerk in a goods store. Everyday he would get up at 5 in the morning to face the same 14 hours of work. He would have to sweep, clean, and work for those 14 hours, all while simultaneously hating it. But one morning he woke and decided he could not take it anymore. He walked 15 miles to his mother’s workplace that morning.

In his plea to his mother to end his work at the goods store he stated he would kill himself if he had to work any longer. He knew it wasn’t for him, and he hated the work.Following the plea to his mother, he wrote to his old schoolmaster notifying himof his loss of a desire to live. But his schoolmaster did not accept it.

He gave the boy a little praise, and also notified him that he was surely destined for better things. Not only did he praise him, but he also offered him a job as a teacher. The schoolmaster knew the intelligence of the boy.The praise changed the future of the boy and the future of English Literature.

That same boy went onto sell innumerable best selling books and made millions of dollars all with his pen.

That boy’s name was H.G. Wells. (famous writer)


See how far a little praise can go? How would this story be changed if instead the schoolmaster criticized H.G.Wells? If he verbally attacked the boy for wanting to kill himself?
Don’t underestimate the power of praise. Even a little praise will surely change someone’s day, but it could also change someone’s life.

The best way motivate anyone to do the work, is to praise him. Try it out & see!!!

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32 Responses to The Story of the London Boy!

  1. mohamed November 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM #

    thanks sars you thought me a very nice lesson u r great
    i will apply this on my son of 14

    • Sana - Editor FFJ November 5, 2014 at 9:16 AM #

      you are welcome. Very good to know that you found the story beneficial 🙂

    • Asabeel November 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM #

      Thanks Allah-swt we have A to Z, birth to death every good thing in our most precious DEEN (Islam) and won’t get ourselves impressed by these poor/bankrupt ones, who already lost their infinitive hereafter salvation, if we try a little bit to gain necessary education out of our own greatest treasuries of knowledge … TRY IT OUT & SEE !!! … Well-wisher of wandering-in-darkness humanity !

  2. farouk Kamal August 22, 2014 at 5:49 PM #

    With patience and perseverence,
    you can achieve miracles.

  3. ANSARI ZUBAIR February 7, 2014 at 3:50 PM #

    A very good true story; Same is inspiring and thought provoking;
    That’s why Allah says do not lost hope in the Almight Allah how bad
    situation may be:

    • Mohammed Mizanur Rahman July 26, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

      A very good example for current young generation those do not knows values of any-work.

  4. hossein December 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM #

    thanks so much for these nice moral story

  5. Sankaran August 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM #

    This in itself is praise worthy

  6. Mohamed Makhlouf August 9, 2013 at 11:07 PM #

    Thanks & Regards
    I appreciate your efforts

    • Ali - Admin August 21, 2013 at 4:24 PM #

      Thankyou Makhlouf.

  7. moiz April 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM #

    i love that

  8. Shahid February 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM #

    Good one, I like it !!!!

  9. RAJESH December 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM #


  10. Shalom Jacob November 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM #

    Here i found a good lesson about underestimate on us and others.

  11. Samih September 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM #

    Iike ur fruitfull stories

    • Sara - Admin September 23, 2012 at 4:17 PM #

      Glad to know Samih.
      May God bless you.

  12. Pritpal Singh Jhutti September 19, 2012 at 1:46 PM #

    is it true..?

  13. abdul matin sheikh September 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM #

    very good and interesting story.

    we must learn a lot of lesson.

    thanks and rgards

  14. Zafar Iqbal August 31, 2012 at 10:32 PM #

    Hello! Have yo cross checked this???? There many such apocryphal stories which are not true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Muhammad August 6, 2012 at 4:13 PM #

    Nice One. I like the comments

  16. Kabir A Muhammed July 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

    We all need it, this is the singular thing that propels you to greater achievements/ success.

  17. Said Marwat May 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM #

    Verbal praise is one of the easy and effective techniques of motivation used in the modern world to motivate the employees, students and children to achieve the goals by managers, teachers and parents respectively.

  18. Shaukat Ali Akhtar April 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM #

    Definately even a little praise/motivation can change the life of a human being.

  19. 123ashfaque March 5, 2012 at 8:24 AM #

    Its really a true thing. Practically I have seen in my life. It just suit to me. As I concerned I could do everything but due to lack of confidence I could not complete my task but one day my teacher encouraged me and told that u have lot of talent you can do everything.
    from that day I am really in good position…

  20. Ahmed February 24, 2012 at 9:58 AM #

    Thank you it’s very interesting. In my opinion everybody don’t view that the life is all. perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.

    • Sara February 25, 2012 at 1:27 PM #

      Rightly said. Thanks!!

    • Sister March 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM #

      Masha Allah, well said brother, All praise be to Allah, the Creator of the Heavens and the earth.

  21. mustafa August 3, 2011 at 3:19 PM #

    i wish somebody did that with me

  22. Oussama March 28, 2011 at 10:46 PM #


  23. Saidu Halidu March 27, 2011 at 8:25 AM #

    A great story.It also teaches that a square peg will not fit into a round hole.

    • Ahal_fawzan March 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM #

      what does that mean “Saidu Halidu”….. square peg & round hole??

      • Oabdulwaheed April 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM #

        it means if someine was not born to do something he wouldnt find himself doing it. he wasnt born to sell goods but to write books.