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The craft of hiring talent

Mahatma Gandhi went from city to city, village to village collecting funds for the Charkha Sangh. During one of his tours he addressed a meeting in Orissa.

After his speech a poor old women got up. She was bent with age, her hair was grey and her clothes were in tatters. The Volunteers tried to stop her, but she fought her way to the place where Gandhiji was sitting.

“I must see him,” she insisted and going up to Gandhiji touched his feet. Then from the folds of her sari she brought out a copper coin and placed at his feet. Gandhiji picked up the copper coin and put it away carefully.

The Charkha Sangh fund were under the charge of Jamnalal Bajaj. He asked gandhiji for the join but Gandhiji refused.

“I keep cheques worth thousands of rupees for the Charkha Sangh, ” jamnalal Bajaj said laughingly “Yet you won’t trust me with a copper coin”.

“This copper coin is worth more than those thousands. If a man has several lakhs and he gives away a thousand or two, it doesn’t mean much. But this coin was perhaps all that the poor women possessed. She gave me all she had. That is why I value this coin more than a crore of rupees”

As founders, we should always be looking to hire talent which are ready to give their all along with extremely bright and experienced one. The people who will stand with you in your difficult times are the ones who will help you grow despite they may being talented.

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