The Carpenter and The House

A master carpenter who worked for the same builder for over 40 years announced he wanted to retire. The builder told him how much he appreciated his work and wished he would reconsider. But the old man was tired and was looking forward to spending his remaining relaxing.\r\n\r\nThe Carpenter Story\r\n\r\nThe builder conceded but convinced the master carpenter to build one more house before he retired. He would include a $5,000 bonus as a thank you. The builder had a stunning location for this new house and he wanted to build a dream home.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe carpenter was very disappointed at the small bonus, but his last building fee would help him buy a small cottage and he could retire peacefully.\r\n\r\nThe carpenter prided himself on his uncompromising commitment to quality, but on this final job, he cut corners, ignored details, and accepted poor workmanship from other workers. He even looked the other way when some of them substituted cheaper materials and pocketed the difference.\r\n\r\nWhen the house was finished, the builder shook the carpenter’s hand, and with a huge smile gave him an envelope with a thank-you card and a folded piece of paper. When the carpenter unfolded the paper he found the deeds to the house he had just built.\r\n\r\nPhoto credit: Alan Cleaver\r\n\r\n

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Stephen Brown is passionate about developing people and teams using a variety of activities as opportunities for learning. Stephen is dedicated to helping people overcome fears, challenge their comfort zones and grow as individuals. He has years of experience and skills delivering personal and social development courses for individuals and teams and is committed to helping people realise that they can live a happy life.

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