We need a shark! - A Motivational Story about Life Challenges


As Salaamu 'alaykum and Peace to all,

Here is a story which had inspired me. I makes me think. Why should we be afraid of challenges? It is all there for a reason. One of it is to make us be better people. Or to prepare us for better future. Just like how our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) was faced with tremendous tests throughout his life. But it was all for a reason. To prepare himself for he is to become a Prophet. Here is your story. Enjoy!

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish. But the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats got bigger and went farther than ever.

The farther the fishermen went, the longer it took to bring in the fish. If the return trip took more than a few days, the fish were not fresh.
The Japanese did not like the taste.

To solve this problem, fishing companies installed freezers on their boats.
They would catch the fish and freeze them at sea. Freezers allowed the boats to go farther and stay longer. However, the Japanese could taste the difference between fresh and frozen and they did not like frozen fish.

The frozen fish brought a lower price. So fishing companies installed fish tanks. They would catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks, fin to fin. After a little thrashing around, the fish stopped moving. They were tired and dull, but alive. Unfortunately, the Japanese could still taste the difference. Because the fish did not move for days, they lost their fresh-fish taste. The Japanese preferred the lively taste of fresh fish, not sluggish fish.

So how did Japanese fishing companies solve this problem? How do they get fresh-tasting fish to Japan? If you were consulting the fish industry, what would you recommend?

How Japanese Fish Stay Fresh:

To keep the fish tasting fresh, the Japanese fishing companies still put the fish in the tanks. But now they add a small shark to each tank. The shark eats a few fish, but most of the fish arrive in a very lively state. The fish are challenged.
Have you realized that some of us are also living in a pond but most of the time tired & dull, so we need a Shark in our life to keep us awake and moving? Basically in our lives Sharks are new challenges to keep us active and taste better...
The more intelligent, persistent and competent you are, the more you enjoy a challenge.

"If your challenges are the correct size, and if you are steadily conquering those challenges, you are Conqueror. You think of your challenges and get energized. You are excited to try new solutions. "

Beautiful, dont you think?

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Dear Sis,
it is such a beautiful story. i love it! Actually, i also among the grads who facing hardship in working life, eversince facing with a lot of people who keep on asking me to do the wrong things. Sometimes i'm tired and sometimes i'm trapped. the best ever solution i manage to do is t resign from my current company. i think of go for freelance and currently establishing my contact.

hope to do so by this year and hope my plan is getting well and etter.


my blog: norziati.blogspot.com
Sis Zabrina said…

As Salaamu 'alaykum dear sis,

Glad to know my alma mater dropped by! I know sometimes life can be tough, confusing, tiring, demanding and at times, frustrating! Life and education in the UNI definitely didnt prepare us for such adversities. But, dont despair sis, we are the servant of Allaah, as long as we continue to have faith in Him, Insya'Allaah we will get through anything. Just trust Him. Do keep in touch and drop by often!

Sis Zabrina