Once upon a time in a small village, there lived a young boy named Tim. Tim was known for his laziness and lack of discipline. He would often skip his chores and spend his days playing and wasting time. One day, Tim’s father gave him a small bag of seeds and said, “Tim, these seeds have the power to grow into beautiful plants. But remember, they need care and attention.”

Excitedly, Tim went to the field and scattered the seeds without much thought. He assumed they would grow on their own. Days went by, but nothing happened. Disappointed, Tim approached his father and complained, “Dad, I followed your instructions, but nothing grew!”

His father smiled and replied, “Tim, planting the seeds is not enough. You need to water them, remove the weeds, and provide them with sunlight. It takes effort and perseverance.”

Realizing his mistake, Tim decided to give it another try. This time, he watered the seeds every day, pulled out the weeds, and made sure they received enough sunlight. Gradually, tiny shoots began to emerge from the soil. Tim was thrilled!

Months passed, and the shoots grew into beautiful plants, blooming with colorful flowers. Tim was amazed at what he had accomplished through hard work and dedication. He learned that success doesn’t come effortlessly; it requires effort and commitment.

The moral of the story is that success is not handed to us on a silver platter. It demands dedication, perseverance, and consistent effort. Just like the seeds, our dreams and goals need nurturing and attention to flourish. By understanding the importance of hard work and discipline, we can achieve great things in life.

Tim’s transformation serves as a reminder to us all that laziness and shortcuts may offer temporary relief, but they can never replace the sense of accomplishment that comes from putting in the necessary work.


  1. V Yogeswari

    Ayushi Budakoti’s “Hardwork Pays Off” is reality put in perfect words. The story follows a simple plot involving only two characters, namely Tim and his Father. Tim is portrayed as a round character who undergoes a transformation as the plot progresses. Under the proper guidance and parenting of his Father, Tim changes from being a lazy and irresponsible boy to becoming a vigilant and responsible one. In addition, the brief dialogues added to the story enhance the overall quality of this short story narrated from a simple incident.