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Counting Sheep


A little story to make you smile in this challenging times.









Once upon a time there was a shepherd tending sheep in a remote area.

Suddenly a brand new Jeep Cherokee appeared in a big cloud of dust and pulled up right next to him. The jeep driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Alden shoes, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Hermes tie, gets out and asks him:

"If I guess how many sheep you have, will I get one?"

The shepherd looks at the young man, then at his peacefully grazing sheep, and says calmly, "All right."

The young man parks the jeep, pulls his smartphone out of his pocket, goes to a NASA site on the Internet, scans the area using his GPS satellite navigation system, opens a database and 60 Excel spreadsheets with a lot of formulas. Finally, he prints a 150-page report on his high-tech mini printer, turns to the shepherd and says: "You have exactly 1586 sheep here."

The shepherd says, “That is correct. Pick a sheep." The young man takes an animal and loads it into the jeep.

The shepherd looks at him and says, "If I guess your profession, will you give me the animal back?"

The young man replies, "Sure, why not."

The shepherd says: "You are a management consultant."

"That's right, how do you know that?"

“Very simple,” says the shepherd, “first, you come here, although no one called you, second, you want a sheep as a reward for telling me something I already know, and third, you have no idea about it what I'm doing here. And now you're giving me back my dog."



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