Something to think about

Some years ago on a cold winter day, a huge printing press in the center of town suddenly broke down.

The horrified managers knew that every minute they couldn’t print, they were losing thousands of dollars. So they called an emergency technician.

The technician arrived with his gloves and stained overalls.

“Hmm…” The technician studied the massive, building-wide machine carefully for several minutes.

Then, he took out his screwdriver, and he turned a single screw. Instantly, the entire printing press roared back to life.

When the floor manager asked how much he was owed, the technician humbly said, “For that particular service, I charge $10,000.”

“What? $10,000? All you did was turn one screw!”

The manager thought for a moment, and thinking he was being clever, said, “Let me see an itemized bill.”

The technician quickly wrote up an invoice and handed it to the manager.

The manager took one look at it and his face broke into a broad smile. Adding his thanks and a handshake, the manager promptly paid the technician his fee.

Here’s what the invoice said:

Turning one screw: $1

Knowing which screw to turn: $9,999

Our biggest “business barriers” are almost always held together by
ONE loose screw.

So many people are ONE loose screw away from their turning point; ONE realization away from their big breakthrough; ONE inch away from finding that needle in the haystack.

What causes these loose screws?

Here’s a hint: It’s NOT your time and it’s NOT your money.

Most often, your problem is one of these:

  1. A lack of knowledge. 
  2. A lack of the right kind of support. 
  3. A lack of consistent inspiration.

This is also important to think about in terms of being that engineer. Getting $9,999 for knowing which screw to turn can make your imposter syndrome flare up. Remember, you’re not charging for your immediate services. Your wage should always take into account the investment of your education and learning.


couldn’t agree more!!