Something philosophical to ponder ...........
back I was reading about an expert on the subject of time management. One day this expert
was speaking to a group of businessstudents and, to drive home a point, used an
illustration those students will never forget.As this man stood in front of the group of
high-powered over achievers he said, "Okay, time for a quiz." Then he pulled out
a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he
produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the
jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked,
"Is this jar full ?"
Everyone in the class said,
"Yes." Then he said, "Really ?" He reached under the table and
pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing
pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. Then he
asked the group once more, "Is the jar full ?"
By this time the class was onto him.
"Probably not," one of them answered. "Good !" he replied. He
reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in
and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked
the question, "Is this jar full ?"
"No !" the class
shouted. Once again he said, "Good !" Then he grabbed a pitcher of water
and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the
class and asked, "What is the point of this illustration ?"
One eager beaver raised his hand and
said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you
can always fit some more things into it !"
"No", the speaker replied,
"that's not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don't put
the big rocks in first, you'll never get them in at all."
What are the big rocks
in your life ? A project that YOU want to accomplish ? Time with your loved
ones ? Your faith, your education, your finances ? A cause ?
Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in
first or you'll never get them in at all.
So, tonight or in the morning when
you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the big
rocks in my life or business ? Then, put those in your jar first.
. Then he grabbed a pitcher of beer and began to pour
it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked,
"What is the point of this illustration ?"
One eager beaver raised
his hand and said, "The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, there is
always room for beer !"
Thanks Augusto Carmona da
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