The Doctor and the Mechanic

    Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.


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    A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a  motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop.
    A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a  motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike. The mechanic shouted across the garage, "Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?"

    The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and asked, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $30,000 a year and you make over half a million when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

    The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic,''Try doing it with the engine running."


    Moral of the Story: Seemingly subtle variations make all the difference.

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