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Revisiting the story of fox and crow

A Fox once saw a Crow fly off with a doughnut in its beak and settle on a branch of a tree.

“That’s for me, as I am a Fox,” said the wily Master, and he walked up to the foot of the tree.

“Good day, Mistress Crow,” he cried. “How well you are looking today: how glossy your feathers; how bright your eye. I feel sure your voice must surpass that of other birds, just as your figure does; let me hear but one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of Birds.”

The Crow lifted up her head and began to caw her best, but the moment she opened her mouth the piece of doughnut fell to the ground, only to be snapped up by Master Fox.

“That will do,” said the fox. “That was all I wanted.”

After hearing the story, the reaction from Sweety is as follows:

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Dad was left dumbfounded. He never expected this reply.

Life lessons:

1: Most of the constraints in our life are merely perceived one:

The stories that we tell ourselves and each other are how we make sense of the world.

Somehow these stories become so pervasive that we start treating them as an inseparable part of our own reality.

Just because something has been passed on to you as a possible constraint doesn’t mean that you too start treating it as an infallible truth, never to be challenged under any circumstances.

2: Scarcity mindset:

The assumption that there is only one doughnut seems highly misplaced.

In fact past experiences with scarcity of resources has often made us buy this widespread mindset of scarcity.

However there is absolutely no compulsion on your part to subscribe to this mindset.

Exponential growth in information technology has given us unparalleled opportunities to replace this mindset with the mindset of abundance.

3: Mindset of Giver:

“It seems counterintuitive, but the more altruistic your attitude, the more benefits you will gain from any relationship,” writes LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman. “If you set out to help others,” he explains, “you will rapidly reinforce your own reputation and expand your own universe of possibilities.”

Samuel Johnson once wrote, “the true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”

4: Magic of trust:

Trust brings out the best in people and literally changes the dynamics of interaction.

Trust is like the oxygen in the air we breathe – we hardly ever think about it yet it’s an essential part of our life. Just as breathing is essential to our survival, the consistent application of the trust makes the everyday struggle of our life seems like a breeze.

The  potential rewards of trusting others outweighs any possible harm. And by extending the right amount of trust to others, you can provide them with the opportunity to be the best they can be.

Consider, for example, a popular doughnut cart in New York whose owner let his customers take their own change. Compared to other similar carts in the same area, he was able to serve twice as many customers in the same amount of time, and therefore more than make up for any losses resulting from customers’ poor math skills or self-interest.

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Let me know your thoughts, I’d love to hear them! ?

Have an amazing weekend!

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