You are driving down the road in your car on a wild, stormy night, when you pass by a bus stop and you see three people waiting for the bus:
- An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.
- An old friend who once saved your life.
- The perfect partner you have been dreaming about.
Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your car?
- Would you pick up the old lady, because she is going to die, and you feel you should save her?
- Would you take the old friend who once saved your life? This is the perfect chance for pay back.
- Or, would you take your perfect mate because, well, how often does that chance come along?
The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) gave the following answer:
I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.The moral? Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations. We need to be able to 'Think Outside the Box.'
I got this story in an email from one of the other candidates for the position. He still believes he had the better answer and should have been hired.
I would have to run the old lady over and put her out of her misery because Obama's health care won't pay for her; I would then have mad, passionate sex with the perfect partner on the hood of the car; and then I would drive off with the old friend for a few beers.