Lessons from a Box of Rocks
It is crucial in life to work with a plan. Some folks think they can just start each day and things will just work out. Your day will come and go, but without a clear plan of action, you will not accomplish as much as you could with an organized plan.
In college, I had a great professor who encouraged his students to think outside of the box. He constantly used unconventional methods to teach. One day he came to class with a few boxes of rocks. He said today we are going to use this large box and these rocks to teach some lessons.
He poured the boxes of rocks out on his desk and set one large box on top of the desk. He asked us what we should put in the box first. The little rocks or the big ones? Several students said the small ones, but the majority said to go with the big rocks first. He put those in first and then proceeded to put in the next largest rocks.
The box was almost full. He asked, “Is the box full yet?” Some agreed, and some disagreed. “What should go in next?” he asked. We had 2 more sizes of rocks, some gravel, and some dirt on the desk.
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