Read the famous Mango Story here:
Once there was a man who liked to eat mangoes. One day he decided to
get the sweetest mango available, from the very top of the tree. Mango
which is exposed to the sun the most is the sweetest. So he climbed up
to the top, where the branches were thin. He managed to pick up a few
sweet reddish fruits, but in attempt to go back he slipped and started
falling towards the ground.
Fortunately, he cached the branch as he was falling and remained
helplessly hanging on a tree. Then he started to call nearby villagers
for help. They immediately came with a ladder and sticks, but could do
little to help him.
After some time one calm and thoughtful person arrived - a well-known
sage who lived in a simple hut nearby. People were very curious what
he will do, as he was famous in solving many people's problems in the
area, sometimes very complicated ones. He was silent for a minute and
then picked up a stone and - hit it at the hanging man.
Everybody was surprised. Hanging mango lover started shouting: "What
are you doing?! Are you crazy? Do you want me to break my neck?"
Sage was silent. Then again, he took the stone and hit it at the man
on a tree. Man was furious: "If I could just come down, I would show
That's what everybody wanted. That he comes down. But how?
Now everybody was tense, what will happen next. Some wanted to
chastise the sage, but they didn't. Sage picked another stone and -
throw it again at the man, even more forcefully. Now the man at the
tree completely flipped out and developed a great determination to
come down and revenge. He then used all his skill and strength and
somehow reached the branches which were safe to start going down. And
he made it! Everybody was amazed.
"Where is the sage?!" - exclaimed the rescued man.
"Oh, he is a wise man. So he didn't wait for you to beat him,"- said villagers.
"I will really smash him completely!" "Hey, wait a minute. He is the
only one who helped you. He is the one who provoked you, who induced
you to help yourself."
Mango lover stopped for a second, thought a little and admitted: "Yes,
all your good intentions and compassion didn't help me. But he
expertly induced me to give my best and save myself. I should be
thankful and not angry."
So this is an instructive coaching story. The best coach makes us,
sometimes in strange ways, take initiative in our life and give our
best. If we want extraordinary results, we have to give our best. The
best coach makes you a leader, makes you responsible for your life.