Blindness through Busy-ness

Desert Judee 06A wise man is walking through rough, barren terrain. The sun is beating down intensely, drying everything in its burning blaze.

He hears a noise in the far distance.  It is the sound of digging.  As he gets closer he finds a man digging in the dirt.  The man digs, then mutters his complaint at the lack of riches in the barren earth.

The wise man asks “Sir, what is it that you search for?”.

The digger looks up and without breaking his routine answers “treasure”.

The wise man says “I have a map”. The digger says “I haven’t got time to read maps. I need to find the treasure.” The wise man “I’ll show you where the map says the treasure lies”. The digger says “You are in my way. I have to dig.”

The wise man continues on his walk leaving the digger battling against the heat and the dirt as he continues digging.

Author: Conor Neill

Hi, I’m Conor Neill, an Entrepreneur and Teacher at IESE Business School. I speak about Moving People to Action.

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