Thought for the Day 2 June, 2017

Here is my “Thought for the Day”

A young ambitious seahorse decided to go out into the world to make his fame and fortune. He worked hard and saved his money and when he had managed to convert everything into ten pieces of gold he was ready. He put his gold in a bag, tied the bag to a stick of driftwood and carried it on his shoulder. Then he set off in a state of high excitement. But after days and days of swimming, with no fame and fortune in sight, he began to get discouraged. He was sitting on a rock, feeling dejected and hopeless, when a dolphin swam up to him and asked what was wrong. He explained everything.

“I’ll tell you what,” said the dolphin, kindly. “Give me one piece of gold and get on my back, hold on tight and I’ll carry you as fast as I can in any direction you want to go. We’ll find your fame and fortune in no time at all.”

The little seahorse thought this was a great idea so he gave the gold and got on the back. He held on tightly as the dolphin sped off in the direction the seahorse indicated. For many days the dolphin swam very fast in every direction the seahorse gave him. Finally he stopped.

“Are we there yet?” he asked.

“Not yet,” replied the adventurer. “But, thank you so much. I can feel that I’m much closer now.”

He got off and the dolphin swam quickly away. The seahorse looked around, trying to decide which way to go next. He got a big shock when an enormous great white shark swam up and asked him if he was lost. He told his story again. The shark looked at him, thoughtfully.

“You’re very brave,” he said. “And I know exactly where your fame and fortune lie.”

“You do?” asked the seahorse, with a leap of hope in his heart.

“I surely do,” replied the shark, with a grin. “Give me the rest of your gold and sit in my mouth and I’ll take you there right away.”

The seahorse did as he was bid and the shark ate him right there.

There are two morals to this story. One is that you should never, ever believe what a great white shark tells you, especially if he looks at you thoughtfully. (Hungrily?)

And the second is my “Thought for the day“.

If you don’t know where you’re going, don’t be surprised if you end up someplace else!

This thought is true in all aspects of life. You must always set goals for yourself, for everything you want to achieve. But, just as importantly, you must work out, clearly and measurably, the steps you are going to take to reach those goals. If you don’t, don’t be surprised if you never achieve them.

About Dave Macfie

Dave Macfie is the General Manager and Lead Consultant of Unique Advantage South Africa, a consulting company specializing in creating unique business advantage from purpose, analysis, insight, alignment and action. Dave’s qualifications include a double honors degree in mathematics and physics and a post graduate certificate in education. (Cum Laude) His career spans forty five years of experience in IT, business, property development and high school teaching. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Sandi and three of his seven children. Dave loves addressing business performance challenges, reading, writing fiction and non-fiction, gardening and spending time with his family.

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