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    It is easy to criticize, but difficult to improve

    Hi,

    Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course under disciple-hood of a great painter. This young artist decided to assess his skills of skills so he decided to give his best strokes on the canvass. He took 3 days and painted beautiful scenery. Suddenly an idea flashed in his mind and he decided to display it on a busy street-square of that small town he was resident of. He wanted people's opinion about his caliber and painting skills..

    He put his creation at a busy street-crossing. And just down below a board which read–
    "Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake."

    While he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with Xs (crosses) and some people had even written their comments on the painting.

    Disheartened and broken completely he ran to his masters place and burst into tears. Sobbing and crying inconsolably he told his master about what happened and showed the pathetic state of his creation which was filled with marks everywhere. Such was the state that colors were not visible, only things one could see were crosses and correction remarks. This young artist was breathing heavily and master heard him saying "I'm useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I'm not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely.. I feel like dying"

    Master smiled and suggested "My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have learnt a flawless painting."

    Young disciple couldn't believe it and said "I have lost faith in me and I don't think I am good enough.. don't make false hopes.."

    "Do as I say without questioning it.. It WILL work." Master interrupted him.

    "Just paint exactly similar painting once again for me and give it to me. Will you do that for your master?.." Master instructed.

    Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early morning he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master took that gracefully and smiled.

    "Come with me." master said.

    They reached the same street-square early morning and displayed the same painting exactly at the same place. Now master took out another board which read –

    "Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it."

    Master and disciple walked back home.

    They both visited the place same evening. Young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far. But master wasn't satisfied as yet and he told his disciple "May be one day was too little a time for people to come up with ideas and take out time out of their busy schedules to correct it so let us keep it here for one more day. Tomorrow is Sunday, so we can expect some corrections coming in."

    Next day again they visited and found painting remained untouched..

    They say the painting was kept there for a month for no correction came in!

    Moral of the Story: It is easier to criticize, but difficult to improve

    If you want to help people improve their behaviour it is worth investing your effort in learning how help people change their behaviours, attitudes and skills. Now you can register your interest in the subject with a simple mail to me for more information on a distance learning opportunity in Behavioural Training & Development.

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    Rasna

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    Re: It is easy to criticize, but difficult to improve

    Quote Originally Posted by rmsh16 View Post
    Once upon a time there was a painter who had just completed his course under the apprenticeship of a great painter. This young artist decided to assess his skills so he decided to put his best strokes on the canvass. He took three days and painted beautiful scenery. Suddenly an idea flashed in his mind and he decided to display the painting on a busy street-a square of that small town he was resident of. He wanted people's opinions about his painting skills.

    He put his creation at a busy street-crossing. And just down below a board which read–
    "Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. Please put a cross wherever you see a mistake."

    While he came back in the evening to collect his painting he was completely shattered to see that whole canvass was filled with X's (crosses) and some people had even written their comments on the painting.

    Disheartened and broken completely, he ran to his master's place and burst into tears. Sobbing inconsolably, he told his master about what had happened and showed the pathetic state of his creation which was filled with marks everywhere. Such was the state of the painting that colors were not visible. The only things that could be seen were crosses and correction remarks. This young artist was breathing heavily and his master heard him saying "I'm useless and if this is what I have learnt to paint I'm not worth becoming a painter. People have rejected me completely.. I feel like dying"

    His master smiled and said "My Son, I will prove that you are a great artist and have painted a flawless painting."

    The young disciple couldn't believe it and said "I have lost faith in myself and I don't think I am good enough. Don't give me false hope."
    I changed the title of this thread. I can change it back if you wish.

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    Re: It is easy to criticize, but difficult to improve

    I'm totally agreed with this saying 'idiom'
    Because the human eyes always criticizing everything.
    Definitely it is better to give a solution instead of blaming

    Thank you for your great story, I really enjoyed reading it

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    Re: It is easy to criticize, but difficult to improve

    Correction:
    that small town he was a resident of

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    Re: It is easy to criticize, but difficult to improve

    Quote Originally Posted by rmsh16 View Post
    "Do as I say without questioning it.. It WILL work." Master interrupted him.

    "Just paint an identical painting to the other one for me and give it to me. Will you do that for your master?.." Master instructed.

    Young artist reluctantly agreed and two days later early in the morning he presented a replica of his earlier painting to his master. Master took it gracefully and smiled.

    "Come with me," master said.

    They reached the same street-square early in the morning and put the painting at exactly the same place that the other one was. Now master took out another board which read –

    "Gentlemen, I have painted this piece. Since I'm new to this profession I might have committed some mistakes in my strokes etc. I have put a box with colors and brushes just below. Please do a favor. If you see a mistake, kindly pick up the brush and correct it."

    Master and disciple walked back home.

    They both visited the place the same evening. Young painter was surprised to see that actually there was not a single correction done so far. But master wasn't satisfied as yet and he told his disciple "May be one day was too short a time for people to come up with ideas and take out time out of their busy schedules to correct it so let us keep it here for one more day. Tomorrow is Sunday, so we can expect some corrections coming in."

    Next day again they visited and saw that the painting remained untouched..

    They say the painting was kept there for a month and no corrections were made!

    Moral of the Story: It is easy to criticize, but difficult to improve.

    If you want to help people improve their behaviour it is worth investing your effort in learning how to help people change their behaviours, attitudes and skills. Now you can register your interest in the subject with a simple email to me for more information on a distance learning opportunity in Behavioural Training & Development.

    Cheers
    Rasna

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