After a major defeat in battle, Chandragupta came to Acharya Chanakya; reported him the status and asked for some advise.
Acharya looked at him for few seconds and told him to have some food before having a discussion. Chandragupta said that he was in no mood for the dinner because he was uncomfortable/depressed after the defeat. Acharya insisted and pointed his finger towards the plate. Looking at the serious gesture of Chanakya; Chandragupta could not resist anymore.
Chandragupta sat down for dinner and suddenly Chanakya said “I have thought of a wonderful plan; finish the food fast”.
The rice in the plate was very hot and Chandragupta found it quite difficult to pick that up with his hands. He nearly burnt his mouth and fingers in a desperate attempt.
Chanakya was watching him carefully and suggested that he must pick the rice from the corners instead of digging from the center. After finishing the dinner they both sat for the discussion.
Chandragupta said “So, Acharya, what you suggest for the victory”
The Kautilya (Chanakya) replied “The lesson is all-ready been taught. Attack an enemy at his weak points instead of engaging him at his strong holds. Just like its easy to pick the hot rice from corners of a plate than its center. “
Moral of the Story: No matter how strong someone is, everyone has weaknesses. Target the weakness and you will emerge as a winner.