An old man and his grandson lived in a small hut. The grandson was a lazy bum and the old man tried various ways to get him to work. He was puny and wasted. Nothing worked. One day, the old man brought a "gold plant" and told his grandson that the plant will grow to bear "golden fruits". But, it must be watered from a well a mile away as it was a dry area. Thus, the old man gave him three dirty pots to fetch water.
The greedy grandson took the pots and every day tried to fetch water from the well. But, the pots were so leaky that most water leaked by the time reached the plant. He ran faster and faster, but most water still spilled away. The golden plant got only a few drops of water during every run. The grandson was very motivated to have a tree full of gold and continued the practice for months.
The grandfather died after a year. The grandson was dejected that his old man didn't leave him anything. He then noticed the "golden plant" that has grown big now. The grandson took the plant to local jewelers to get money, but they all laughed at him. Having realized that the plant is not gold, he walked back dejected. He now has nothing.
On his way back, he noticed something he missed all along while being fixated on the golden plant. Spring had come and the fields outside his house was blooming. He was watering the whole field as he was fetching the water from the well with a leaky pot without knowing.The grandfather had sown all the seeds in the parched lands.
He now knew he could do something profitable with the fertile fields he has now. Carrying the pots has grown his arms big and he felt like a strong man. The year's activity also made him a very determined man. Then he looked at the coal pots now.The coal pots were now sparkling clean carrying all that water.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” - Vince Lombardi