The goose that laid the golden eggs

I’m reading this book right now, “The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People,” and in it, there’s the story of the goose that laid the golden eggs.

Maybe you already know this story: A farmer has a goose, which one day lays a golden egg. This continues for many days, and the farmer becomes very rich. He becomes impatient and decides to kill the goose in order to get all the golden eggs at once. So he kills the goose, but upon opening up the goose, the farmer finds nothing. So he has no golden eggs, and he has no way to ever again get any golden eggs.

So what’s the moral of the tale? Some answers I got in class: Be patient and you’ll be rewarded. Don’t kill animals.

Here’s how the book asks us to look at this tale: Don’t sacrifice the goose in order to get the golden eggs.

Here’s an example of what not to do: This past weekend, my step-daughter was with us, and I wanted her to brush her teeth. She was in the middle of playing a video game, but I told her, “go brush your teeth now.”

She may have cleaned her teeth (that’s the golden egg), but in the process, the way I went about getting my “golden egg” caused some damage to the “goose” (that’s my step-daughter).

We don’t want to go too far, though. There has to be a balance between the golden egg and the goose. If I don’t ever ask her to brush her teeth, that’s just as bad as when I asked her the wrong way. It’s a balancing act.

What is your “golden egg”? Do you want to eat more healthy foods? Get better grades? Earn more money? Have a better relationship with your step-daughter?

Then figure out how to treat the “goose” in a way that respects both the goose and the golden egg.


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