Death of a Colleague – Great Motivational Lesson !

Garfield-casketOne fine day when all the employees of a company reached the office they saw a big board at the entrance on which was written: “This is to inform you that the person who has been impeding your growth in this company passed away yesterday. We invite you to join the final prayers for the deceased that has been arranged in the meeting room.” As soon as they read this notice all the employees felt sad about the death of one of their colleagues, but then they became curious to know who this person, who was hampering their growth, really was.

All the employees headed to the meeting room where the casket was kept. The excitement to see the person heated up in the room. Everybody thought to himself “Who could this guy be who was hampering my progress? Well, at least he died. Now that he is gone I can really perform better and nobody can stop me from progressing.” One by one the excited and thrilled employees got closer to the casket, and when they looked inside it. The sight in the casket left all of them speechless. They all stood beside the casket shocked and speechless as if someone had touched the deepest part of their soul. There was a mirror inside the casket. Every employee who looked inside it saw their own selves in it.

There was also a note next to the mirror that read, “There is only one person who can hinder your growth and progress and that is YOU.” You are the only person who can revolutionize your life. You are the only person who can help yourself.  Your life does not change when your boss changes, when your friends change, when your partner changes, when your company changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs, when you realize that you are the only one responsible for your life. You know better why your life is the way it is. “The most important relationship you can have is the one you have with yourself”.

Moral: The world is like a mirror: it gives back to anyone the reflection of the thoughts in which one has strongly believed. The world and your reality are like mirrors lying in a casket, which show to any individual the death of his divine capability to imagine and create his happiness and his success. It’s the way you face life that makes the difference. Rely on GOD first and try your best. Then NO ONE can hinder your growth God willing.

27 Responses to Death of a Colleague – Great Motivational Lesson !

  1. Maiyaki April 28, 2016 at 6:06 PM #

    This is excellent! Surely trust in God, do your positive best and the rest is success.

  2. Ibrahim Hassan April 27, 2016 at 2:54 PM #

    You are the architect of your own fate

  3. Abdul Gafoor April 27, 2016 at 12:23 PM #

    Really a thought provoking story!


  4. kris December 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM #

    thanks! highly inspirational.

  5. Jedi August 17, 2014 at 11:46 PM #


  6. kvkarunakaran June 8, 2014 at 11:10 PM #

    good story

  7. Ayesha May 22, 2014 at 9:36 AM #


  8. Sharif May 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM #

    Eye opening for low performer

  9. mad April 28, 2014 at 4:06 AM #

    Now I knew who was that person.

  10. owais siddiqui April 27, 2014 at 11:51 AM #

    We definitely have to look inward to find the world

  11. Jola Animashaun April 26, 2014 at 2:26 PM #

    Great inspirational one and food for thought.
    Thanks for this Hodaa. Allah bless you loads! 🙂

  12. Saad April 25, 2014 at 5:24 PM #

    Really a thought provoking one.

  13. abmalik49 April 24, 2014 at 8:34 PM #

    Very thought-provoking and enlightening story.

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. Samra April 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM #

    Very nice story. Thanks

  15. osamaaa April 22, 2014 at 10:45 PM #

    i really need my self to be my best friend

  16. Pakane April 22, 2014 at 5:47 AM #

    Nice story but at times I think it decontextualise individuals. In true African culture success occurs with others not seeing yourself alone in the mirror. Nonetheless I respect individualistic perspectives like the one in the story.

    • Sana - Editor FFJ April 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM #

      That’s a good point

    • Jola Animashaun April 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM #

      You are right Pakane, success is actually best achieved collectively as a team work, but in this context, the story is all about encouraging and motivating ourselves to be achievers and not wait for people.
      Anyway, team work and team spirit is nice. 🙂 🙂

  17. muhammadakbarmy April 22, 2014 at 1:16 AM #

    Great Story

  18. mohnooh April 21, 2014 at 11:05 PM #

    Believe yourself ..very good moral

  19. sharif123 April 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM #


  20. Saad April 21, 2014 at 4:40 PM #

    Nice moral story.

  21. khaled ismail April 21, 2014 at 1:53 PM #

    great moral
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  22. The Engineer April 21, 2014 at 1:34 PM #

    Nice one. Quite inspiring.
    Many times in life we are limiting ourselves.

  23. abdul April 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

    needed one of this kind when i’ve been at a low ebb. thanks a lot ..

    • Sana - Editor FFJ April 22, 2014 at 12:54 PM #

      Great to know that the story was beneficial for you