Jack is a simple soul who believes whatever he is told. One day, Jack is on his way to the market with his son to sell their donkey. He comes across some village boys who are out to have fun.
Seeing the father and son duo walking with the donkey, they suggest that the son ride on the donkey and save the effort. The son sits on the donkey’s back.
At some distance few villagers ridicule the boy for riding while the father walks. The father and son switch places. The father rides while the son walks.
After they went little further, another bunch of people taunts the father for making the poor son walk and advise the duo to ride the donkey together.The poor donkey collapses from exhaustion.
Going little more distance, an elderly man expresses his disgust at the duo for ill-treating the donkey and advices that they take the donkey to an animal doctor. The duo again follows the advice.
On the way, they come across barking stray dogs. In the confusion that ensues, the donkey falls into the flowing river. The donkey is lost forever. Jack loses the donkey because he follows what he is suggested without thinking for himself.
In day to day business management, the one who tries to please all, ends up pleasing none. Steve Jobs has said it beautifully, "Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else's life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
Even Sir Richard Branson said, "I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.”
How often you follow your Gut Instincts ?