Last week I had the privilege of spending time with and speaking to a group of teens and young adults on the subject of development, leadership/influence, and overall performance. In the spirit of the spring turkey hunt here in Texas right around the corner I felt the story between the young turkey and the bull to be fitting.
The story goes…. a bull and a young turkey were both sitting in a field when the turkey turned to the bull and said “I’d give anything to be able to fly to the top of that tree.”
To the turkey’s desire the bull replied “You know, if you eat my droppings that are full of nutrients they’ll give you the strength to fly up there.” The turkey intrigued decided he’d give it a try. After just eating a little of the bulls droppings he was able to fly to the first branch, a few more servings and he was able to reach the top of the tree.
Upon reaching the top of the tree, the turkey found both the view and the since of superiority were exactly what he assumed they would be. The view was beautiful and his new position allowed him to see for miles. From the top position he was able to watch the other turkeys still attempting to fly and struggle to get off of the ground.
As the turkey set reflecting on how quickly he was able to rise to the top, on his newfound superiority, and his sense of fulfillment he was shot down by hunter not far away.
The moral of the story is….B.S might get you to the top but, it will not keep you there.
We are all guilty from time to time of cutting corners trying to get to the next branch. 310 calorie diets, lottery tickets, and bullying our way through personal and professional relationships might give you an immediate since of accomplishment but the results are often temporary at best.
A constant and never ending approach toward the development of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually are the cornerstones of not only what gets us to the top but what keeps us from a rapid and ugly descent.
While the front end results of a 300 calorie diet might be tempting, the aftermath is not a pretty sight. Running up the corporate ladder while simultaneously running over everyone on the way might provide a sudden sense of accomplishment, in the end your actions, like the turkey will only ultimately make you a target over time.
Patience is too often falsely viewed as the ability to wait, when in reality patience is better defined as how we behave while we wait.
Till Next Time,
Sean Z. Callahan