This Old Man’s Manipulation is on Another Level

A Lesson in Human Motivation — A Tale of an Old Man and Mischievous Kids

Nishu Jain


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Once upon a time in a quaint little town, there lived an old man who, despite his age, had a keen understanding of human behavior and the intricacies of motivation.

His story weaves a fascinating tale of how he cleverly manipulated the motivations of a group of mischievous kids, ultimately bringing an end to their incessant insults.

The old man, a resilient soul, endured the taunts and insults hurled at him by a group of kids whenever he stepped outside to bask in the warmth of the sun.

Instead of succumbing to despair, he hatched a plan to turn the tables on his tormentors. Little did the kids know, their seemingly harmless insults were about to be transformed into a game with unexpected consequences.

The old man approached the children one day and, to their surprise, offered them a deal they couldn’t refuse.

I will give you one dollar for each new insult you throw my way,” he declared with a mischievous twinkle in his eye.

Bewildered by the strange proposition, the kids hesitated but eventually embraced the opportunity to turn their taunts into a profitable venture.

As the days passed, the children enthusiastically engaged in the new game, churning out insults with creativity and fervor. The old man fulfilled his end of the bargain, handing over dollars for every fresh insult. Little did the kids realize that they were unwittingly falling into a carefully laid trap.

Once the old man sensed that the kids had become accustomed to the external motivation of monetary gain, he decided to shake things up.

“I am reducing the reward,” he announced one day, “from now on, I’ll only give you half a dollar for each new insult.”

Disappointment flickered across the faces of the children, but the allure of easy money kept them in the game.

However, the old man was not finished.

As the insults continued, he further diminished the reward until, at last, he declared, “Now your insults are of low quality, and I’m not going to give you



Nishu Jain

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