Never Miss The Opportunity

The Scholar called his son and asked, “What is more valuable – gold or silver?” “Gold,” said the son. “That is correct. Why is it then that the village Miser makes fun of you, claims you do not know the value of gold or silver? He teases me every day. He mocks me before other village elders as a father who neglects his son. This hurts me. I feel everyone in the village is laughing behind my back because you do not know what is more valuable, gold or silver. Explain this to me, son.”

So the son of the Learned Scholar told his father the reason why the Miser carried this impression. “Every day on my way to school, the Miser calls me to his house. There, in front of all village elders, he holds out a silver coin in one hand and a gold coin in other. He asks me to pick up the more valuable coin. I pick the silver coin. He laughs, the elders jeer, everyone makes fun of me. And then I go to school. This happens every day. That is why they tell you I do not know the value of gold or silver.”

The father was confused. His son knew the value of gold and silver, and yet when asked to choose between a gold coin and silver coin always picked the silver coin. “Why don’t you pick up the gold coin?” he asked. In response, the son took the father to his room and showed him a box. In the box were at least a hundred silver coins. Turning to his father, the Scholar’s son said, “The day I pick up the gold coin the game will stop. They will stop having fun and I will stop making money.”

Moral: Sometimes in life, we have to think and play out of the box. Apparently it looks as if we are losing in the game of life. It just means allowing others to win in one arena of the game, while we win in another. We have to choose which arena matters to us and which does not.

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36 Responses to Never Miss The Opportunity

  1. Heba October 29, 2011 at 2:08 PM #

    It is an intelligent act but shall we should earn money on charge of our reputation and making other laugh on us ?????? 

  2. Nnoumann October 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM #

    Nice tale…Great

  3. Nnoumann October 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM #

    Nice tale…Great

  4. Suha October 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM #


  5. Adnan Sheikh October 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM #

    Hi,Sara : The son used his mined well and looking for future.

  6. Adnan Sheikh October 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM #

    Hi,Sara : The son used his mined well and looking for future.

  7. Haider Ali786 October 24, 2011 at 4:43 AM #

    Well Sara that was amazing thanks for sharing

    • Sara October 24, 2011 at 5:17 AM #

      Thanks for the compliment Haider Ali.

  8. Ahamed Farook Mohamed Firzadh October 24, 2011 at 3:59 AM #

    Many would have different views on this story. But seeing the reality the miser tried to make fun of the whole village which is not a good deed and by doing so he paid the due price.
    Do bad unto others and the bad falleth upon you

    • Sara October 24, 2011 at 5:17 AM #

      Rightly said, Ahamed Farook.

  9. Ashfaque_best October 24, 2011 at 2:49 AM #

     Thanks Sara every things I got from here were and are very interesting hope in future will be so….

    • Sara October 24, 2011 at 5:18 AM #


  10. Ashfaque_best October 24, 2011 at 2:27 AM #

    Its so brilliant and interesting story. It gives us a beautiful lesson in concerns of our life that sometime what we do foolish make feel other happy but we know why did we do. 

  11. Dr.maya October 23, 2011 at 11:19 PM #

    that will help me a lot in my life ..
    thanks Sara 🙂

    • Sara October 24, 2011 at 5:20 AM #

      Its nice to know that you are benefiting from our content, Dr Maya. Please share it with your friends as well.

  12. Bilal Tijjani October 23, 2011 at 8:42 PM #

    Sara that was a very nice one

    • Sara October 24, 2011 at 5:16 AM #

      Thanks for the compliment Bilal.

  13. Junedayz October 23, 2011 at 6:32 PM #

    he out smarted his father!!!

  14. Nidal October 23, 2011 at 2:25 PM #

    I don,t think this has to do any thing with  buissness , its fooling others,while they think they r fooling u   

  15. Abu Uppala Moideen October 23, 2011 at 1:14 PM #

    very good tales

  16. Hussain Ramadhan Ahji October 23, 2011 at 12:34 PM #

    well done sara I learned a good lesson from this story, tell me how often we can collect or get a gold coin ? while we can get the clever coin at any time. its like the example which says a bird in hand batter than 100 on the tree. 

  17. Shahid593 October 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM #

    A nice story ,a very good stretegy for making money.

  18. Abier October 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM #

    nice one lol! =D

  19. Nazeer Ataullah October 23, 2011 at 9:33 AM #

    The domination of materialism is depicted in this story. ‘ Make money more and more.  What you earned is important how earned is not’ are the proved slogans of today’s materialism or capitalism.  The effect is so much engraved that even the son of the scholar is not spared.  Moral of the story is be away from the materialistic way of life, be ethical and God fearing.

    • Friendly Lover October 23, 2011 at 12:11 PM #

      Does that mean using business tactics and intelligence to make more money which can very well be used for generous and more beneficial causes, have to be kept in the box just because one is God fearing???

      • Nazeer Ataullah October 23, 2011 at 12:38 PM #

        Dear Friend,
        This is not business tactic but it is deceiving the other party.  Why we should be generous with other’s money? Does ‘Rob the peter and feed the paul’ is a generous act?  The fact is, all these actions are considered as intelligence due to lack of proper guidance and accountability.  Rightful earning is a virtue. God fearing will bring ethics and sense of answerability of all our earning before God when we resurrect after death.

        • Ashfaque_best October 24, 2011 at 2:38 AM #

          Dear I am fully agree with you that one can never abstain from worst act until he has fearing of God. A fear is a key of all good deeds and lock for bad acts. If this key lost from someone he can not lock the bad deeds whether he take hammer to strike on it. 

  20. Muhammad Azeem Siddiqui October 23, 2011 at 9:25 AM #

    Fooling to others is unethical activity, so this type of story actually promoting wrong message to other , so I do not agree with the moral of the story.

  21. Anonymous October 23, 2011 at 9:13 AM #

    a smart way to make money

    maybe i should do that

  22. Glykeria October 23, 2011 at 7:16 AM #

    The message of this story is not unethic and not moral at all.
    In fact the son was laughing at the expense of others.. and he was also deceiving them and lying, when he knew which one was more valuable and still pretended he didn’t.
    I don’t like this story…

    • NAEEM October 23, 2011 at 1:56 PM #

      Stupid first of all u said “not unethic”? It means its ethic then which u didnt really meant and other things is “it doesn’t matter if u don’t like it”, so go and do your work.

      • Glykeriab October 24, 2011 at 4:04 AM #

        wow!! I see that i have a personal editor for my comments!!! Thanks for that!!
        And in case you haven’t noticed the space for comments is exactly for this. For comments! In case you don’t like reading negative comments, just skip them in the future to be on the safe side.
        By the way, i still don’t like the story 😛

    • Ashfaque_best October 24, 2011 at 2:43 AM #

       You don’t like because you have not understood the real lesson from that… Its moral is that for making other happy it is not bad to be puppy….

  23. Mohammed Yasin October 23, 2011 at 6:38 AM #

    This story is really so good where we can get things free of cost by fooling others..

  24. Fajr Breeze - Yuxx July 24, 2010 at 12:05 AM #

    that’s very cool