Two sons work for their father on the family’s farm. The younger brother had for some years been given more responsibility and reward, and one day the older brother asks his father to explain why?
The father says, “First, go to the Jon’s Farm and see if they have any Geese for sale – we need to add to our stock.” The older son soon returns with the answer, “Yes they have five Geese, which they are ready to sell to us.”
The father then says, “Good, please ask them the price.”
The older son returns with the answer, “Each Geese cost us $10.”
The father says, “Good, now ask if they can deliver the Geese tomorrow.”
And duly the older son returns with the answer, “Yes, they can deliver the Geese by tomorrow.”
The father asks the older son to wait and listen, and then calls his younger son from a nearby field, “Go to the Patrick’s Farm and see if they have any Geese for sale – we need to add to our stock.”
The younger son soon returns with the answer, “Yes, they have five Geese for $10 each, or ten Geese for $8 each; and they can deliver them tomorrow – I asked them to deliver the five unless they heard otherwise from us in the next hour. And I agreed that if we want the extra five geese we could buy them at $6 each.”
The father turned to the older son, who nodded his head in appreciation. He now realized why his younger brother was given more responsibility and reward.
The Moral of The Story
A lot of times we face the question why someone is so successful and someone is not. Some people call it luck, some people call it being in the right place at the right time and some people call it influence, however, the truth is a performance with full responsibility and full potential.
These two aspects are constantly observed by all and this is what ultimately leads to the success of any individual.
Being proactive is taking care of your duties. Proactive is answering for your actions. Proactive is accountability. Proactive is trustworthiness.