He was afraid and ashamed. He had almost failed in Maths and his father , after looking at the report card, was really worried about the future of his son.
"You have to help my son improve in his maths "
"But ... I have never taught maths to a 11 year old kid .... and I really do not have time as I have to prepare my own Semester end reports ... " the young man with curly hair, earnest eyes and honest smile lamented
"I understand. I just want you to help him with the maths for these two months of his summer vacation... "
"But ... "
"I know you will be able to make a difference ... I have heard you ask intelligent questions and go to the very depth of any issue. That is exactly what I want my son to imbibe from you ... I want you to invoke interest in Maths in my son... marks really do not matter so much .. and I know that you will be able to ignite the interest in him ... " The wise father persisted.
So , from the next day, the lessons started .
The LCMs, HCFs, Mensuration, brackets, simple equations. Questions were invited and encouraged. Stories about Pythagoras, Archimedes, Einstein were discussed. Tips and tricks were talked about . The boy looked forward to the lesson. After a month, a mock test was conducted by the teacher. The boy got about 70%.
The teacher laughed and told him " You know, I have a gun. If you make silly careless mistakes, I might use that " . The teacher told that in good humour. but it was etched deeply in the mind of the little boy.
For the annual exams, the boy worked very hard and during the exams , he was pleasantly surprised when he was able to answer all the questions.
When he got the report card and saw that he had secured 98% in maths, the boy was overjoyed. He took his report card and ran to show it to his teacher. He panted excitedly as he held out his report card . With flushed face and bated breath he waited.
The teacher looked at the report card . He looked up, smiled and said " You know, I have a gun. And I might use that. What did you do with those two marks?"
And the boy remembered this forever and became one of the most renowned mathematician of his times.
The quest for perfection. A leader imbibes this in his followers. And help them attain the peak of excellence !
Do you know of any such leader who inspires you to reach that level ? Do share your experience.