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Small Story which shows that virtues pay
A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to
chose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing
one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something
He called all the young executives in his company together.
"It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO," he said.
have decided to choose one of you."
The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. "I am
to give each one of you a seed today - a very special seed. I want
to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from
today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I
will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose
will be the next CEO."
One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others,
received a seed.
He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped
him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.
Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown.
about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk
their seeds and the plants
that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By
others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a
plant and he felt like a failure.
Six months went by - still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he
killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he
nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however. He
just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - he so wanted the
seed to grow.
A year finally went by and all the young executives of the
brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife
he wasn't going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be
honest about what happened.
Jim felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most
moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.
He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was
amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives.
They were beautiful--in all shapes
and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his
colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!
When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young
Jim just tried to hide in the back.
"My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said
"Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!"
All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with
empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the
Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a failure! Maybe
will have me fired!"
When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to
seed. Jim told him the story.
The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim,
then announced to the young executives, "Here is your next Chief
Executive! His name is Jim!"
Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. How
be the new CEO the others said?
Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this
I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back
me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it
was not possible for them to grow.
All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and
"When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted
seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage
honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the
who will be the new Chief Executive!"
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.
If you plant hard work, you will reap success.
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.
So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will
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