Saturday, May 05, 2007

The Seed

I was sent this story by a friend. Hope you like it:
The Seed


A successful business man was growing old

and knew it was time to choose a successor to take

over the business.


Instead of choosing one of his directors or his

children, he decided to do something different. He

called all the young executives in his company

together.


He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose

the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.

"The young executives were shocked, but the boss

continued."I am going to give each one of you a SEED

today - one very special SEED. I want you 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.

Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had

grown .After about three weeks, some of the other

executives began to talk about their seeds and the

plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept

checking his seed, but nothing ever grew. Three weeks,

four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now,

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 had killed his seed. Everyone else had

trees and tall plants, but he had 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 company brought their plants to the CEO for

inspection. Jim told his wife that 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 embarrassing 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 executives. Jim just tried to hide in the

back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you

have grown," said the CEO. "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 his empty

pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to

the front. Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO

knows I'm a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"



When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had

happened to his seed - Jim told him the story.



The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He

looked at Jim, and then announced to the young

executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive!



His name is Jim!" Jim couldn't believe it. Jim

couldn't even grow his seed. How could he be the new

CEO the others said?



Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave

everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the

seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to 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 flowers.



When you found that the seed would not grow, you

substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim

was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring

me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one

who will be the new Chief Executive!"



Remember...



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 reap later.

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