You can sell combs to monk

The story of how to sell combs to monk is an age-old story that never fails to inspire me to become a better version of wealth builder. Most people regard it as a motivational story for salesmen to achieve sales target. But I see it as otherwise because the learning points can also be applied in investing, career development and entrepreneurship.

I have adapted the story for the sake of my followers. But before proceeding, readers must note that this article is not meant to mock any religion nor aim to make fun of any professionals. My objective is to inspire readers to learn how to be better wealth builders. In today’s context, this is important because hard work alone would get you nowhere in this competitive society.


Once upon a time, a merchant who owned a comb factory in Singapore wanted to penetrate the huge China. Thus, he advertised for a position of Regional Sales Manager in the newspaper. Understandably, many applicants applied for the job. Therefore, during the interview sessions, he asked the applicants on how they would sell combs to monks. Many of the candidates were stumped by his question because we all know monks do not need combs. Some of them also felt that he was mocking at them.

Eventually, three applicants impressed the merchant during the interviews with their attitude and they were dispatched to China to test out their strategies. After three months, all of them reported back to him with surprising results.

Candidate 1 told the merchant that he managed to [This is a premium article. The rest of the content is blocked and can be accessible by SG Wealth Builder Members only. To read the full content, please sign up as member.]

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Updated: November 9, 2019 — 1:52 pm


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  1. Hmm how about selling ice to eskimo??

    I guess have to process the ice, turn it into lifestyle thing…. ice kachang …. hahaha!!!

    Or club / pub / disco / restaurant etc in swanky ice buildings with ice furniture & ice fixtures & ice decorations. Ice becomes a by-product to become means to an end. It becomes setting for exotic, unique atmosphere, exclusivity, experience.

  2. Hi Sinkie,

    Yes indeed. Nothing is impossible in life if you set your heart and mind into it.
    Hope you find the article useful and subscribe to my blog email notification for free.
    Look forward to your support.


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