The Tale Of Two Thieves

Once upon the time, there were two good friends who were also very good thieves.

One day one of them, the younger thief, succeeded to get in the King’s Palace and stole the King’s gold plated, diamond inlayed robe.

When he showed the robe to his friend, the friend became very jealous. He couldn’t believe how in hell, he succeeded to get into the palace, and went till the King’s room to steal the magnificent robe.

Unwillingly, the older thief told his friend “it’s your life time opportunity to become rich, very rich. This robe is priceless. You have to ask for the highest price when selling it. Ask for the maximum”.

The younger thief went to sell the robe and came back boasting in front of his old friend about the high price he succeeded to get for it.

‘How much did you sell it?’, his friend asked.

‘1000 dollars’ he replied very satisfied.

‘Are you crazy, or what?!’ the older thief yelled at him. ‘You wasted it. It is worth at least 50 times more! You are an idiot!’ the friend continued lamenting.

‘How is it possible, I sold this robe for the maximum as you told me. You are just jealous of my fortune” replied the younger thief.

A long silence followed, as the older thief starred the younger one with contempt and pity.

Finally, in a desperate attempt to understand why his friend was yelling at him, our young thief asked:

‘Now tell me, you who knows everything, Is there a number bigger than 1000?!’

People without a mentor or a coach often live a mediocre life without being aware of it.

Because, We have so many blind spots and shortcomings only others people could help with.

And, Often we don’t know what is possible beyond our limited personal experiences, education and background.


About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

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