Aesop & Business: Little By Little Does The Trick


The Crow and the Pitcher

A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had

once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the

mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left

in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it.

He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair.

Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it

into the Pitcher.  Then he took another pebble and dropped it into

the Pitcher.  Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher.  Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher.  Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher.  Then he took another pebble and dropped that into

the Pitcher.  At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near

him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench

his thirst and save his life.

“Little by little does the trick.”

Many of Aesop’s fables have a similar theme to this story.  This story can easily be applied to the business world in a very meaningful way.  Basically, the story says that if you work just a little harder each day, get just a little more done each week, make just a few better decisions each month, you will drive drastically different year-end results.  Constantly work to improve yourself little by little, begin with the end in mind, and you will find yourself exactly where you want to be in the future.

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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 28, 2011, in Aesop's Fables & Business, Business Strategy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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