There is an old story about a stranger coming to town and she sees three men with wheelbarrows full of rocks.

  • She asks the first man what he is doing and he responds rather sarcastically, “I’m hauling rocks.”
  • She asks the second man and he responds rather despondently, “I’m building a wall.”
  • Now the third man when asked the same question answers enthusiastically, “I’m building a cathedral.”

Three people all doing the same task and each has a different outlook or vision.

Some people when hearing this will say – “This is the difference between a pessimist, realist and optimist.”  My view is  we can all lean towards the optimist if we all know the vision.  A business without a shared vision will often experience problems from personal, financial to customer.  Vision won’t solve everything, but it does help give many of us a reason to get up in the morning!

So what are you building this week?  A rock pile?  A wall?  A cathedral?

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery