There once was a greedy shoemaker who really enjoyed making shoes for a living. He was convinced that he was the greatest, the best, a true shoe-making god above all others! However, the craftsmanship of his shoes was of poor and shoddy quality, not to mention that the shoemaker had a massive ego to boot that prevented from seeing such obvious flaws. One day, the higher-ups of the shoe company he worked for grew tired of his poor performance and told him to step up his game, or else they would fire him. Feeling restricted in creative control, the shoemaker angrily quit the shoe company, vowing to start his very own from scratch.
As time went on since that faithful day, the shoemaker had little luck in making his shoe business in the outskirts of town a success. Not only did he not have any interest in improving his skills, but he also drove away any potential workers by nitpicking at the quality of their work, in contrast to his self-implied perfection. From that point on, the shoemaker would fall under a brief period of depression, but was confident that his former bosses would beg him to come back and work for them again.
Meanwhile, the shoe company would evaluate many contractors to replace the greedy shoemaker, before they eventually came across a young and eager elf, who showed promise. After being asked to demonstrate his skills by the higher-ups, the elf designed a perfect pair of boots in no time flat. Impressed by the beautiful quality of the boots and natural talent of the elf, the company decided to higher him. The elf would eventually go on to create excellent shoes unlike anything the world has ever seen before, helping the company thrive in a newfound age of prosperity. Because of his success, the elf was promoted to head shoemaker.
While the elf was thrilled to make it so far in his career, he was eager for an even bigger challenge. It was then when he pairs of the poor-quality shoes that greedy shoemaker had left behind. Seeing these shoes as an opportunity, the put all his time and effort in modifying each pair of the greed shoemaker's old shoes, vastly improving them beyond their original quality. The next day, the elf present the greedy shoemaker's newly-modified old shoes to the higher-ups, who were so blown away by the improvement, that they insisted that the shoes be put on display for all to see and purchase.
As the hype of the newly redesigned shoes spread across town, it wasn't long before the shoemaker caught wind of the news, as he discovered a flyer about the shoes posted on his door. When the shoemaker looked at the flyer, he saw an image of the redesigned shoes, immediately recognizing them as one of the pairs of shoes he originally designed. Taken affront by these modifications, the shoemaker stormed into town to take back his original creations. Moments later, as the shoemaker made his way to the event where the crowd gathered, ……something incredible happened. As the shoemaker took a closer look at his modified shoes and the amazement and happiness on the people's face, he was taken aback. At that moment, the shoemaker's heart had grown two sizes that day. Seeing the happiness that his shoes have brought to people, as well as their vast improvement that excelled beyond anything he's ever dreamed of, the shoemaker couldn't possibly take back his shoes to satisfy his own selfish ego. In fact, the shoemaker had developed an ounce of humility as well as newfound respect for the elf who took his place. As the event continued, the shoemaker decided to leave and head back to his shop. From that point on, the shoemaker was inspired to move on by improving his shoe-making skills and creating brand-new original shoes.