A contractor of many years was known for the top quality of his homes. One day he announced his retirement. The builder who had used him many times over the years asked him to build just one more house. The builder claimed to have the pickiest customer in the world, and only this contractor could build the house just right. So the contractor agreed and started to build the house.
But, he was focused on his retirement and thought, “Well, if I just added a little extra water on pouring the slab,” and, “If I just cut the quality a little on the electrical.” His thoughts continued to get the better of him. “Well, if I just went a little cheaper on the plumbing in the walls, the homeowner will never see it, and I will retire with just a little more in my pocket.”
So that’s what he did. The house looked beautiful on the outside. When it was done, the contractor went to the builder and said, “Your house is done. Now I’m retired.”
And the builder replied, “You have been so terrific over the years and I wanted to give you a gift for your retirement—so here are the keys to your new house.