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March 14, 2020 1 min read


The fable goes: There was once a poor farmer who one day discovers his pet goose has laid a golden egg.

Shocked, he finds the egg to be made of pure gold.

The farmer can't believe his good fortune especially as he finds a new golden egg each morning.

The farmer becomes fabulously wealthy.

Accompanying his increased wealth is a feeling of impatience and greed.

Unable to wait another night, the farmer kills the goose to get all the golden eggs at once.

To his dismay, he finds no eggs and now he has no means of getting more.

This fable holds within it a universal principle.

Most see the world through the golden egg paradigm: The more you produce, the more you do, the more effective you are.

The key is to live with balance. 

If you adopt a life focused on the golden eggs but neglect the goose, you will soon be without a means to receive golden eggs.

Contrarily, If you focus on the goose without any attention to the eggs you won't have the resources to take care of the goose.

An effective approach to yourself, your organization, your relationships is to nurture the goose so as to receive the golden eggs.

Having the wherewithal to deposit, nurture, and grow.

The trading of short term satisfaction for long term production of consistent effectiveness.

To maintain the golden egg (production) you must take care of the goose and the goose (production capability).


Inspired from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey