The Donkey and the Well
“One day a donkey fell into a well. When the owner discovered what had happened, he frantically searched for ways to rescue the animal, with no success. Regretfully the owner decided that since the donkey was growing old, he should give up the idea of rescuing the animal and simply fill in the well. Hopefully, the donkey’s demise would be quick and painless. The farmer then called his neighbors to help with the task, and soon several men began shoveling dirt into the well. When the donkey realized what was happening, he brayed, and struggled … but finally the noise stopped.
After a few sad moments, the farmer looked into the well and there stood the donkey. Alive and progressing to the top, the donkey had found that by shaking off the dirt instead of allowing it to bury him, he could keep stepping on top of the earth as its level rose. Then he could easily step out of the well and trot off happily.
As you may have noticed, life often attempts to cover us over with dirt and clutter. The trick is to shake it off and do something to take the next step up!” 12 Choices That Lead To Your Success – David Cottrell
Are you frequently shaking off dirt? Are you constantly trying to move clutter from your business or life?
I believe there are three lessons that can be learned from this short story:
1. Sometimes trying to bury our mistakes is a mistake. It is better to face them and learn from them and move on!
2. Wisdom comes from experience. It is practical wisdom that your customers grow to expect and will always find valuable.
3. When you are in a hole and you feel like everything is coming in on top of you, that is the time to refocus on your purpose, your goals, and your affirmations.
Life and business do have a tendency to throw us a number of curve balls, however many of those curve balls can be avoided by developing a specific plan for what you want to accomplish and creating a time line in order to manage the steps of accomplishment.
However, the choice is always yours. You can choose to operate your life and your business like the owner or your can choose to operate your life like donkey.
It is your choice, which will it be?
Tammy A.S. Kohl is President of Resource Associates Corporation. For over 30 years, RAC has specialized in business and management consulting, strategic planning, leadership development, executive coaching, and youth leadership. For more information visitwww.resourceassociatescorp.com or contact RAC directly at 800.799.6227.
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