The Pencil

The Pencil

There are 5 things you need to learn from a simple thing like Pencil.

Yash Chaturvedi
You're no good unless you are a good assistant; and if you are, you're too good to be an assistant. - Martin H. Fischer

There was a man who earned his living by making pencils and selling them in boxes to people. Just before he put each one into a box, the pencil maker took the pencil and spoke to it.

"There are 5 things you need to know before I send you out into the world" he told each pencil. "Always remember them so that you can become the best pencil you can be."

The pencil maker imparted his lessons so that the pencil understood and promised to remember. The pencil went into the box with purpose in its heart and into the world to make a difference.

These were the five things the pencil maker shared:

One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone's hand.

Two: You will experience a painful sharpening from time to time, but you'll need it to become better.

Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.

Four: The most important part of you will always be what's inside.

Five: On every surface you are used on, you must leave your mark. No matter what the conditions are, you must continue to write.

  • We can do great things when we follow the guidance we are given.
  • Not everything will be easy, but it will be worth it.
  • We all get second chances.
  • What we are inside - our values, thoughts, dreams - that is what really matters.
  • No matter how hard life seems, never give up. Use your life to make a difference.

Contributed By Yash Chaturvedi

Alicia Nichols Analyst with journalistic pretensions.

I really liked the simple example of Pencil to drive the point across. Hard knocks of life are like sharpner. Do not be afraid to go through it. Its only a sharpened pencil which can write something worth reading.

Sansa Franklin Leader without Title

True. I think without guidance of a mentor our efforts will be fruitless. Even if you are able to succeed, the time taken will defy your success. One need to have mentor in each area of his life viz. business, career, general life, etc. If not mentor then at least one should have wise friends who can play a role of sounding board and provide good advice.

Then following their guidance is a matter of your personal wisdom and discipline.

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