The Ship Repair man

March 15, 2019

This story demonstrates the power of knowledge and why experts deserve to be paid fairly.

This is a really nice story that I read today. This story demonstrates why the experts need to be paid fairly for their services and how the power of knowledge is important. There are probably dozens of variations on this story, but I liked this one the most.


A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.

“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!”

So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.”

The man sent a bill that read:

Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 2.00

Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,998.00


Pawan Mehta
Pawan Mehta

Pawan is an independent consultant who helps medium sized companies implement ERPNext and BI solutions. During his free time he likes to jog, play carrom and spend time with his family.

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