Aesop’s Fables & Business: It Is Best To Prepare For The Days Of Necessity

The Ant and The Grasshopper

In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about,

chirping and singing to its heart’s content.  An Ant passed by,

bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the



“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper,

“instead of toiling and moiling in that way?”


“I am helping to lay up food for the winter,” said the Ant,

“and recommend you to do the same.”


“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper; we have got

plenty of food at present.”  But the Ant went on its way and

continued its toil.  When the winter came the Grasshopper had no

food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants

distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had

collected in the summer.  Then the Grasshopper knew:



“It is best to prepare for the days of necessity”

When looking at this popular fable, I found two lessons that can be applied in the business world:

Focus On The Long-Term During Every Short-Term Decision

In this day and age, where 12 hour work days are spent solely focused on the quarterly results, monthly goals, or promotion period planning, it is imperative that business people begin with the end in mind.  Take a long-term view of each short term decision, and make sure that you are hitting your short-term goals in a manner that will allow you to achieve your long-term objectives at the fastest pace possible.

Focus On What You Have To Do, Not What You Want To Do

While the grasshopper was happy with his short-term decision to sing and chirp, instead of working hard on a nice day, he should have been looking at what needed to be done to keep the “business” running.  Often times, those who spend the most time working on the least enviable tasks are the people who accomplish extraordinary results.


About Todd Hagopian (@ToddHagopian)

Todd Hagopian received his BA from Eastern Michigan University with a major in Political Science. After graduation, he worked as a Financial Advisor and a Bank Manager before returning to school. He attended Michigan State University, where he completed an MBA with a double-major in Finance and Marketing. Todd is now a Senior Product Development Manager for a Fortune 500 company. He frequently writes about business issues, social media strategy, and political issues that he finds important. Enjoy the blog!

Posted on December 1, 2011, in Aesop's Fables & Business, Business Strategy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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