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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 to 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 youngexecutives.

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 Officer!
 
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 Officer!”

QUOTES

Never look down on anybody, unless you’re helping them up.

The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.

Adversity is the first path to truth. – Lord Byron

Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

MISC. QUOTES

Nothing in this world is impossible to a willing heart.

Good without the bad, ain’t no good at all.

Action speaks louder than words, but not nearly as often.
– Mark Twain

The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
– Gracian

Well done is better than well said.
– Benjamin Franklin

The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.
– Confucius