Monday, June 10, 2013



Dear Reader:

I am sure you liked the previous post on the topic of SPECIALIZATION

Well, here is a story on SUPER SPECIALIZATION

Here is a story, probably apocryphal, narrated by Lin Yutang in his philosophical treatise THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING


During the collapse of a dynasty, a rich Chinese official was able to secure as his cook a maid who had escaped from the palace kitchen.

Proud of her, he issued invitations for his friends to come and taste a dinner prepared by one he thought an Imperial cook.

As the day was approaching, he asked the maid to prepare a royal dinner.

The maid replied she had specialized in snacks that she could not prepare a dinner.

“Specialized in snacks? What exactly did you cook?” asked the official.

“Oh, I helped make the patties for the dinner,” she replied.

“Well, then, go ahead and make some nice patties for my guests.”

To his consternation the maid announced: “Oh, no, I cannot make the entire patties. I super-specialized in chopping up the onions for the stuffing of the patties of the Imperial dinner.”

Here is a link to my book review of THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING by LIN YUTANG

Have a Good Monday and a great week ahead.

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