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06-06-2008, 07:11 AM
THE SEED - Very good story

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.

"It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO," he said. "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 - a 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.

Every day, 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 at 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 young


Jim just tried to hide in the back.

"My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the


"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


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, "Here is your next Chief

Executive! 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


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!"


If you plant honesty, you will reap trust

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap


Make it a great week ahead!!

06-06-2008, 08:56 AM
thanx for the story...

may be useful for me..hahahah :lol:

06-06-2008, 10:25 AM
donnolah... sounds goood as a story .. wonder really aplicable in working life ..as the competition is very high

06-06-2008, 12:44 PM
hmm these r the lesson which people learn to become winners and excel in life .... :smt006

06-10-2008, 05:08 PM
brilliant post..thankyou shainee.... :smt006