Aesop & Business: Misfortune Tests The Sincerity Of Friends

The Bear and the Two Travelers

TWO MEN were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on

their path.  One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and

concealed himself in the branches.  The other, seeing that he

must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the Bear came

up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held

his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he

could.  The Bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch

a dead body.  When he was quite gone, the other Traveler

descended from the tree, and jocularly inquired of his friend

what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear.  “He gave me this

advice,” his companion replied.  “Never travel with a friend who

deserts you at the approach of danger.”

“Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.”

Quite simply, this fable says that you will show your true colors in the darkest of times, in life and in business.  Always make sure to think about this fable when things begin to get bad.  Don’t throw people under the bus, don’t spread blame to divert other’s attention away from you, and don’t stab someone in the back when times get bad.  They may just live through the experience and be in a position to return the favor some day.

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 20, 2011, in Aesop's Fables & Business and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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