This proverb stresses the fact that one should have a balanced life.
Too much of work or study without any time for entertainment or other developmental activities will make a person dull and boring.
For students, bookish knowledge or academics alone will not help them scale great heights in their career. Overall personality development is very important and for this every person needs to enhance his/her knowledge.
Students need to gain knowledge of everything that is happening around them to the best of their ability. The name Jack here is used as a general term to denote a person.
Ravi was a brilliant student who always stood first in his college and won many prizes for academic excellence. He was always seen either in the class or in the library with books in his hand.
Ram was his classmate. Although Ram was not as brilliant as Ravi in terms of scoring marks, he was good at extracurricular activities like quiz, basketball and dramatics.
At the end of the college term many multinational companies visited their college to recruit the best of the students for prestigious jobs in their respective companies.
The entire college was very sure that Ravi would bag the most coveted job with a princely salary because of his extraordinary academic performance. But finally it was Ram who was selected for the best of jobs. Ravi was very angry and demanded an explanation.
The person who conducted the interview told Ravi “It is true that you have better scores. But bookish knowledge alone will not help you perform well in an organization where you have to interact with different people and work as a team player. Ram has better exposure to the world in terms of general knowledge”.
“Moreover as a sportsman he has learnt the value of sharing and team effort. He therefore has more adaptability and flexibility. We do not want someone who is just brilliant. We want someone who can learn, share and inspire others to perform. This is the reason why
we selected him".
There is a valuable lesson to be learnt from this. Every one of us should take time off to equip ourselves with other skills apart from the work we do only then can we make a mark in life.