Three Choices

A company was hiring new staff. One question in the written exam was: "You are driving your car in a wild stormy night. You pass by a bus station, and you see three people waiting for the bus:

1. An old lady who looks as if she is about to die.

2. A doctor who once saved your life.

3. A man/woman you have been dreaming to be with.

There can only be one passenger in your car. Which one will you choose? Please explain your answer."

Think about it before you continue reading. This must be some kind of personality test. Every answer has its reasoning. Which one would you pick?

You could pick up the old lady. She is going to die, and thus you should save her first. You could take the doctor, because he once saved your life. This will be the perfect chance to pay him back.

However, you could always pay the doctor back in the future, but you may never be able to find the perfect lover once you pass this chance.

The candidate who was eventually hired (out of 200 applicants) did not have to explain his answer.

What did he say?

He simply answered: "Give my car keys to the doctor. Let him take the old lady to the hospital. I will stay and wait for the bus with the man/woman of my dreams."

Sometimes, we would gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.


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